Today was Eliza's due date.
Last year I had a small celebration for the anniversary of the day Eliza should have been born. This year I decided to forgo that and spend a quiet evening with just the two of us. There is such a startling contrast between what Eliza looked liked when she was born and when she should have been born.
Anyone who thinks that a baby born 14 weeks too soon is just a smaller version of a 40 weeker should look at these two photos. People want to believe that an extremely premature baby is just a miniature 40 weeker who needs to be fattened up a bit because they don't want to accept that maybe, just maybe there is a hell of a lot more involved in that last trimester of development.
And for a little more comparison, here is Eliza in 2007,
And in 2008.
Happy should-have-been Birthday Eliza Grace.