This is the amazing story of our micro preemie, John Craig. He was born on November 30, 2005 at 24 weeks and 5 days gestation. He weighed 1 pound 8 ounces and was 12 inches long. John is a true miracle and an inspiration to all that meet him!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29.11

Saturday, November 21, 2009


Wow, there must be an almost 4 year old in our house!!!

On two different occasions this morning we found John drawing this...

And this...
Music therapy has done wonders for our little man. His amazing therapist has taught him to write his numbers, use complete sentences, sing numerous songs (word for word) and READ sight words. Yes, my 3 year old can read!!!

We are so proud of always!!!!

In addition to our almost 4 year old, we also have an almost 4 month old!!! Seriously, where does time go?

Little Hopa (as John calls her) is doing just as fabulous as her big brother. She has slept through the night numerous times, smiles, coos, and laughs constantly and is just a delight to be around. Oh, and we are pretty certain that she has her Daddy's blue eyes!

The Birtch Home has definitely been blessed!!!!

Stay tuned for another post in the next few days.....because we are heading to Imagination Avenue this afternoon for John's 4th Birthday Party (with 25 of his best!)

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abby said...

This post made me smile so big. I am thrilled to see that John is doing all the great things that he is doing (and that Hope is doing fabulously too!)

Cindy said...

And the doctors said he wouldn't sit, wouldn't stand, wouldn't communicate - John knew exactly how to respond . . . NONSENSE!!!!!!
Shout it loud, shout it far - you are one very special boy who can do ANYTHING you set your mind to. We love you sooooooooooooooo much and are soooooooooooo proud of you!!!
Oodles of love,
Grams & Papa

JaBLes Mommy said...

WOW is right! This post gave me chills! What an amazing boy John is! And you are both truly incredible parents. John and Hope are so lucky to have you!


twin power mommy ♥ said...

How cool! I love seeing their little brains think and learn and process and especially when they are doing BETTER than expected.

Awesome, awesome!!

Hopa looks cute there sittin on her kitty ;0)

Anonymous said...

You said it all, Grams. John is showing everyone that "can't" is the 4-letter word used too often. He is our inspiration, and Hope is lucky to have him for her BIG BROTHER!

Grammy & Papa

Sheri said...

HOLY COW!!! that is really impressive- and I am not just saying that! ( cause my S will be 4in 2 months...)

What exactly is music therapy? not that you have time but if you do- email me at:

I am curious for several reasons-

way to go!