Paul's Life Lately and Raising Money For the Birthday!
Paul has had a very eventful several months! I can’t believe I have so neglected our family blog. We have been busy with work and school and going to therapy appointments. Other than not saying any words- but making LOTS of noise- and using his gtube Paul is a pretty typical 2 year old. He loves Mickey Mouse, Sponge Bob and playing with all different toys and books. He is VERY active, climbs and runs everywhere. He is beginning to really take to a lot of different types of people and loves to go out to eat! We have had a few medical challenges such as being diagnosed with reactive airway or childhood asthma and a respitory infection that lasted quite some time. All in all, he has faired pretty well and we have been out of the hospital- praise God. We wound up going to preschool for a while but he was sick all the time so we have decided to postpone for another year or so. Paul handled the sickness very well- we, however, still struggle to see him sick! The biggest news of late is that Paul will be a BIG BROTHER in February to baby Georgia. I can’t wait to see how all of this will go down- I know he’s going to be wonderful.
Today marks 8 days until Paul’s 2nd birthday. I can’t believe we are here already. I pray that Paul lives a life filled with a hundred birthdays and many quality days of normalcy and love. Last year, we raised over $500 in honor of Paul’s Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital clinic nurse, Karen. Karen used this money to start an in-home monitoring education program for HLHS babies in the critical interstage period. Karen is like family to us. We could not raise Paul without her guidance and patience. She has cried with us, laughed with us, prayed for us, and been a constant staple in our lives, even through challenges outside of Paul’s care. I firmly believe that God chose Karen to be our families’ guardian angel- she has a passion for single ventricle patients and will use any funds given to her very wisely. So, again, we are raising money for Paul’s birthday in her honor.
This year, Vanderbilt is working directly with us to collect donations. Please go to the link below and in the comments section write Paul Melchiorre- that way, it will go to the fund that Karen has access to:
Our goal is to raise $800 in the next 8 days, please join us in making any contribution possible to celebrate a remarkable little boy who lives like he has a whole heart everyday and a nurse who has literally given her life to help children just like Paul. We love you, Karen and can’t wait to share in many more birthdays with you!
To all of Paul’s many followers (My best estimate and website stats tell me that there are close to 1,000 folks that follow Paul’s story)- thanks for celebrating this birthday with us! We feel your love everyday. I am amazed by the miracle of life and the heart that is in all of us.
Here are a few recent photos…
I love popsciles but they give me a brain freeze!
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