My baby isn't really a baby any longer. Physically, he's grown so much since that day. I look back at his pictures and he looked so little then. I look at his clothes that he wore that day and it's hard to remember him being so small.
We read about so many other kids who had near-drowning accidents and some are in worse condition than Aidan and some are lucky enough to not have any negative outcome. Aidan is here for a reason- he has a purpose in this life and that is why he is still here. We very well could have lost him forever.
There were days when he was in the hospital that I thought he would be better off if he didn't have to struggle and hurt and fight the way he was having to, but I learned that I had to put everything in God's hands and that He would take care of Aidan and us. There is nothing worse than watching your baby fight to live.
I just want to say that I am so very grateful and thankful to the first responders who showed up so quickly, to the ER staff and doctors who worked so hard to revive Aidan and to the PICU staff who took such wonderful care of Aidan. They are all angels in my book. I will never be able to thank my mother enough for being able to do what I couldn't. She put aside all emotion of seeing Aidan like that and her skills as a nurse took over and she was able to do CPR on Aidan. I couldn't even make it to him and I sure wouldn't have been able to think clearly even if I had.
So anyway, even though I mourn the loss of the Aidan that we once had- the happy, laid back, loving, energetic, strong willed little boy- I know that we are so very Blessed to have Aidan in our lives now. There are still little flickers of that "life" in there and he is still definitely strong-willed. We all have so much to learn from him and one day he's going to surprise us all. I have faith that he's going to do amazing things one day. I just can't wait to watch them happen.
Thank you to each and every one of you who have read this blog. To those of you have read from the very beginning and have prayed for us and supported us along the way. It is your strength, faith and prayers that have helped get us to this point. And even though most of you are perfect strangers to us, we love you all, and we consider you our friends.
Without the help, love and support of our family and friends, I don't know where we'd be, so thank you, everyone! Thank you for loving and caring about our sweet baby, Aidan. I know that he is constantly surrounded in love and protected by angels.