To My Little Fighter On His Birthday

Dear Bubs,

Today you are 2-years-old my sweet boy and honestly, sometimes I’m surprised we made it through this last year. There were so many nights I sat there holding you, praying the medicine would break your fever and hoping that your breathing would normalize.

To my 2 year old little fighter on his birthday - The Everyday Mom Life


There were a handful of nights it didn’t work and I found myself holding you in a hospital bed instead. During those times the nights dragged on and the days only offered different frustrations when you would refuse to eat…anything.


But you’re a scrappy fighter and somehow we made it here though. Somehow we made it through an extremely difficult year filled with anxiety, worry and medical bills to your second birthday. And somehow, just like that, a lot of your problems have disappeared. Today you are a growing, bright, mischievous boy, happy boy who is an extremely picky eater.


But you’re so much more than just that. You’re strong too.


Over the last year I made the mistake of thinking your body was weak. In reality, your little body was strong enough to go through this last year and bounce back from everything the world threw at it. You’ve persevered through so much and have come out the other side this strong, little man that cares about animals and loves to give hugs.


For a child who’s ears have been clogged most of his life with massive infections you have an understanding of the world around you that allows you to work through most obstacles – mental and physical –  the world, or I, put in your way.


I can see in your head you’re always thinking, always planning and always up to something. There’s a light and a twinkle in your eyes that never dims and greets everyone with warm and enthusiasm. You live every moment of this life.
So today you may only be 2-years-old, my love, but this year you’ve grown by leaps and bounds in so many other ways.


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My wish for you is that for your whole life you continue to show the same strength in body and in mind that you have the last year and that you grow into a man that has the same strength of character, kindness and enthusiasm for life.



Life can get you down a lot, but I hope you continue to never let those moments hold you back. Never let them define you or shape your attitude towards the world. When the going gets tough, go in a different direction or find a new way.


But before all of that there will be many more nights where I will hold you and pray for something – health, obedience, potty training, sleep – but hopefully it will never again be from a hospital bed. Hopefully this next year life will ease up a bit because I’d love to see how fully you can live when you don’t have to fight.


Happy birthday, my sweet babe.


Love always,



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  • terristeffes July 17, 2017 04.55 pm

    What a beautiful letter! I love these blog letters to your children. It is such a testament to the lives that you are honoring and your own as well.

  • robin rue July 17, 2017 04.59 pm

    What an amazing little boy. I sure hope he has a wonderful year. Two is such a fun age.

  • Shanika @ Orchids + Sweet Tea July 17, 2017 09.18 pm

    Happy Birthday to your little guy! I’m so sorry to hear about the struggles with his health this past year, but I’m happy to see that he’s doing fine! Often times our little one’s strength pays as a reminder that we were built as fighters. I wish him all the best and full health going forward! 🙂

  • Diana July 17, 2017 09.21 pm

    Happy Birthday! He is definitely a fighter! Glad everything worked out in the end!

  • Andrea July 17, 2017 10.31 pm

    happy birthday! I am so beyond sorry to hear about all the health struggles that you have gone through this year. During hard times are strength comes out more.

  • nsalama1 July 18, 2017 12.39 am

    What a sweet post. Happy birthday to your little guy! He sure is a fighter

  • Karen Morse July 18, 2017 12.43 am

    Happy birthday, little one! I think it’s so sweet that you wrote a post to encourage and empower your baby boy! He’s such a fighter and he has so much in store for him too! I’m sure he’ll grow up amazing!

  • Cassie July 18, 2017 12.44 am

    This is such a beautiful letter. Happy Birthday little man! I hope things only get better from here and that he continues to go from strength to strength!

  • Christina Schwartz July 18, 2017 01.23 am

    Wishing your little man the happiest of birthdays! And there is nothing worth celebrating more than our/his health!

  • Jiya B July 18, 2017 03.52 am

    First of all Happy Birthday to the strongest fighter of the world. and Congratulations to you Moma. I must say the bond you to have is very special. Your child is beautiful and a strong soul. Lots of love and blessings from my side.

  • AnnMarie John July 18, 2017 03.59 am

    It is amazing how much our kids can do without us even knowing that they’re that strong. After reading this, I have nothing but admiration for both of you, you are both strong! No wonder your son is such a fighter because his momma is too.

  • Summer lewis July 18, 2017 04.10 am

    This is so beautifully written! Happy birthday little guy

  • Erin July 18, 2017 04.16 am

    Happy birthday little fighter! Prayers that you do live like a fighter you’re whole life!

  • Cindy Ingalls July 18, 2017 04.47 am

    What a cute, sweet boy. I’m sorry you had such a hard time, I wish you all the best!

  • Ana De-Jesus July 18, 2017 11.42 am

    Aw bless him, he has been through so much and the title of being a fighter is well deserved. We can learn so much from children and their resilience is empowering and awe inspiring. I hope he gets better xx

  • Jessica Joachim July 18, 2017 01.03 pm

    What a sweet little fighter!! I hope he has a wonderful birthday. Your letter was absolutely beautiful, and I am sure he will love to read it one day.

  • Sona Jain July 18, 2017 01.31 pm

    Such a beautiful message for your son! Strength keeps you going and this is so nicely said.

  • rememberkimverizonnet July 18, 2017 01.49 pm

    First of all, I love your photos on this post…and what a sweet story you wrote about your child.

  • Krystle Cook July 18, 2017 01.59 pm

    This is so sweet! Happy Birthday to the little guy and may he continue to fight on and be an inspiration.

  • Nicole Banuelos July 18, 2017 05.57 pm

    This is such a sweet post! Happy birthday to your strong little man!

  • July 18, 2017 09.09 pm

    He is so cute and a fighter indeed! Happy Birthday to your little guy, hope this is his best year ever!!

  • Kristina July 18, 2017 11.48 pm

    This is a beautiful touching and loving letter. I am glad your little boy is doing good and hope he has an amazing birthday.

  • Brittany Muddamalle July 19, 2017 02.40 pm

    This is so beautiful. My little one turns three this year and I can’t believe he’s getting so big. They get big before you know it. Even when you try to prepare yourself, you’re never ready.

  • bigfitfam July 19, 2017 02.48 pm

    LIfe throws hard times at you for sure, i wish our kiddos didn’t have to deal with some of the hardest times. My 6 year old had to have a kidney removed thisyear, so i know about the praying for strength! It’s amazing how resilient kids are! good luck to you and your little one!

  • Stacey July 19, 2017 02.49 pm

    This is a beautiful letter! All that you are you son endured this last year have ingrained positive character traits for you both. He is a fighter and his enthusiasm and love for life will serve him well.

  • bitsandbiteswithava July 19, 2017 03.48 pm

    What a beautiful and sweet post. I would love to do letters like this for my kids. Such a sweet thing to do. – Jeanine

  • Angela Ricardo Bethea July 19, 2017 05.02 pm

    This is a very sweet and heartwarming message of a Mom to his child. Happy Birthday to your little fighter. He is so adorable!

  • Amber Nelson July 20, 2017 12.00 am

    Happy Birthday to you! What a brave little kiddo!

  • yasmina July 20, 2017 12.25 am

    Happy birthday to him! He’s so adorable and such a wonderful light!

  • Shannon P July 20, 2017 01.07 am

    Happy birthday sweet miracle boy!!!

  • With Kids And Coffee July 20, 2017 01.28 am

    Such a beautiful letter! I’m sure your strong little man will love reading this years from now. 🙂

  • Heather Riccobono (@BrieBrieBlooms) July 20, 2017 10.13 am

    This is so sweet. Happy birthday to your little guy. It’s so hard to watch them struggle but so rewarding when you see how strong they really are.

  • Mommy Engineering July 26, 2017 07.47 pm

    Aww so special. Happy birthday! You are a strong mama and doing great! Beautiful letter <3


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