Monday, February 26, 2007


Well, the day in here that seemed so impossible a year ago! Gus has turned ONE!!! When he was born the doctor said "his condition is very grim" and indications were that he may not live past his first 24 hours. Then it was 48. Then one week. Then his first surgery. And so it goes - 365 wonderful days later he has beaten the odds and blessed us amazingly. We acknowledge that Gus would not be here without the dedication, expertise, love and prayers of so many people. Family, friends, doctors, nurses and a fair share of complete strangers who came to know and carry "Big Gus" in their hearts through his blog.

Happy Birthday Boy Gus - most usually with a smile on his face and a mission! Here we were playing chase around the kitchen island. He is a pretty fast crawler and is a good sport about having his picture taken as we scoot around.

A few pictures of Gus in the chair that was mine any my sister's when we were kids.

(Correction, this is MY chair. My grandmother had given me and my sister each one. Hers is still in North Dakota...)

The solemn pose...

Mr. Bright Eyes.

with giggles... You can sort of see his tooth that is poking through on the bottom!

Gus and his beautiful mommy - Jill. We were reminiscing that we got more sleep last night than the night before Gus arrived. I'm glad not to be sleeping on one of the hospital's chair/sleeper contraptions tonight!!!

Thank you all for continuing to follow Gus' miraculous life. We are again organizing "Team Gus" for the March of Dimes WalkAmerica this year so details will be coming.

We haven't had an official weight and length in a big but we will get one tomorrow at Gus' one year check-up. We're guessing he is somewhere between 18 and 19 pounds (8.1-8.6kg) and around 28-29 inches (71-74cm)long. He is catching up and healthy in every way.

Gregg, Jill and Gus