Kate's 3rd birthday and her 1st anniversary of decannulation are both rapidly approaching. In honor of that, I'm posting these pics of her, for all the "silently reading" parents out there so you will all know that you CAN hope that things will end up well for your baby. Things are ending up fantastically typical for Kate, and they sure didn't start that way!!
Here is Kate still in utero. This was taken the day of her birth and she was born a few hours later. Now that I know what I'm looking at, it's glaringly apparent that she has PRS.
Here she is a few hours later, the night of her birth. She's already in the NICU and NOT HAPPY about it. The nurse took the pic so I could see her. She's been whisked away immediately and I"d not seen or held her yet. I remember looking at this pic and saying, "good I'm glad she's crying that means she's pissed".
And here is Kate now. This was taken at the end of May this year. Clearly, Kate is completely typical looking and I can assure you, completely typical developmentally as well. Just at the bottom of her extended neck, you can see where her stoma scar is. Other than that, there is absolutely nothing to indicate that she ever "had anything wrong with her".