So Jude's birthday party was amazing! I was afraid he would be overstimulated and therefore not enjoy any of the day, luckily I was wrong. Jude seemed to interact with others, and enjoyed everyone singing Happy Birthday to him. When Mike tried to put Jude's hand in the cake Jude was very upset, but then got his first taste of icing and was instantly better. Jude also enjoyed everyone gathered around using the parachute, but he did gasp at the air a bit. We felt overjoyed that so many people took the time to celebrate Jude's life with us. We spent lots of time with our family that came into town, and overall had a very nice holiday. Jude ate well, he seemed to play with us, and he is even making kissing sounds when we pick him up. We can only hope and pray that this progress continues. I prefer writing good news then the sad news we seem to encounter so often.
On another note I had mentioned that Emily's Smile Boxes has been approached by a radio station. We met with them today, and I am happy to report that it looks like the partnership will move forward. There are still meetings to be had, and I am unsure how large this will get, but we are thrilled at the prospect of reaching so many children. Within the next few weeks I will have the details, and Emily and I should be on the radio one day. I will be sure to post all the information ahead of time so everyone can tune in. We are just so excited about this, and are anxious to share the details with you.
Without further delay here are some pictures from Jude's party. As you can see Emily was a wonderful big sister, and even sported the Elmo shirt for Jude. Elmo is one of the only toys Jude responds to so the party was dripping in Elmo supplies.