Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Well today is Kaidence's 3rd Birthday. I can't believe it! Once she got her new heart, time has just been flying by. She is doing GREAT!!!!!

Here are some fun little things about Kaidence:

1) Kaidence LOVES music. Especially 'The Black Eyed Peas' and 'Beyonce'. Yes, you read that right. We however had to get the edited versions of everything because she picks up on things a little quicker than we thought. Her favorite song in Boom Boom Pow!

2) Kaidence has a recently found obsession with the Little Mermaid. She must think that I have it too because she seems to be part of all of my baths as well.

3) She loves to play Dora and Diego. One day I found her hiding in a corner of the dark basement. She told me "sshhhhh" and that swiper was sleeping. Then she will try to yell as she sticks her hand in front of her, "Swiper, no swiping" and the look on her face is dead serious. I can thank her cousin for this Dora behaviour.

4) Her favorite foods are few and far between. However, sherbet ice cream is a love of hers as well as the hospitals hash browns. Kaidence also loves minty gum. In fact she prefers that over bubble gum. Her eating is still very up and down and we use her g tube every night. Lately our eating during the day hasn't been that great, but maybe once she gets over this dang RSV it will bounce back......I hope!

4) She loves to play in her playhouse that she got from Make A Wish. We cant wait to open it up for the spring. Her and her brothers could play out there all day long. Did I mention that she has the greatest big brothers ever? She could watch SpongeBob with them all day long. (this is a picture if part of her playhouse, sorry it is such a bad picture. I have some others but cant find them at the moment).

5) She is VERY independent and insist I leave the bathroom when she has to go potty. She wants her privacy and to have no one around. Also she has to do everything on her own....ok that gets a bit frustrating for her mom.

6) Kaidence has an amazing gift of patience and understanding. Kaidence is fine when we have to go to the hospital, she is so very brave about it all. I will tell her the night before or the morning of that we have to go. She then asks if she has to get owies and I tell her yes. She is not thrilled but she says "ok, have to get owies". She lets the doctors check her out and get her x-rays, echo's EKG and labs usually all without any tears or fight. This has been such a wonderful blessing not only to Kaidence, but to her mommy as well who takes her to all these appointments. It helps to spare pieces of my heart from breaking over and over again.

7) Kaidence started Sunbeams at church this year. She LOVES it! Also this fall in September my baby girl will start preschool.

8) As many of you know, Kaidence got her first set of 'accidental stitches' last month. Such a normal kid thing. We are heading in the 'normal' direction more and more with each new day,

These are just a few things about Miss K this year. She has been very happy and healthy. Her heart is working perfectly within her chest. We have been in contact with our Donor Family and I love the times I get to talk with them. We love them with everything that we are. They are why we are celebrating Kaidence 3rd Happy Birthday this year. It is because of them that Kaidence's life continues and she gets these many opportunities in life. If you are reading this we love you and thank you for giving me my daughter and for giving her the beautiful experience called 'life'.

Happy Birthday Kaidence, Mommy loves you!


Christina said...

Happy Birthday Kaidence! What a big girl you are. I hope you have a wonderful magical day. Special prayers for your sweet donor family.

Hugs & Prayers,

Treasure Hunter said...

Happy Birthday big girl! What a life you have lived in your short three years! We hope you have a wonderful Birthday, and that you get to have some sherbert today! We love you and your sweet family!
With Love,
The Cluff Family

Clemments Family said...

Happy Birthday sweet girl! Its amazing how fast they grow up. She looks wonderful Shauntelle! That play house looks amazing! Hope she has a wonderful day and hope she gets over the RSV soon, it sucks!

The Simmons Family said...

Happy Birthday Kaidence!!! I hope your day is perfect in every way!

Lacey said...

Happy Happy Birthday sweet girl!! Black eyed peas huh? A girl after my own heart!

Aimee Hardy said...

Happy Birthday Kaidence! What a great milestone. I hope it is an amazing day.

Jennifer Ortiz said...

Happy Birthday Kaidence!!!!

The Accidental Mommy said...

Hi- I randomly saw your link on Blogger. Congrats to your baby on her birthday- what a life she has had already!

Em said...

Happy Birthday sweet Kaidence! What a miracle you are and what a blessing you are to so many. I feel privileged to have had the wonderful opportunity to meet you and your amazing family!!! Here's to many, many, many more birthdays!

Becca said...

Happy Birthday Miss K!!! It's so awesome to watch each milestone these heart kids make. It's fitting that she was born this month.

Becca-Ellie's mom

Summer said...


What a great celebration!!

xoxoxo from Mason