Eliza Grace was born on March 15, 2006, at 26 weeks, 4 days, weighing 1 pound 4 ounces and measuring just 11.5 inches long. She is the light of my soul and this is the story of our life in the big city.

Saturday, June 18, 2011



On June 17, 2011, Eliza Grace graduated from Gramercy Preschool!

At the start of the ceremony, Eliza and her soon-to-be-husband, Otto, performed a few song and dance numbers to "Lean on Me" and the classic "Time of My Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes (you remember, from Dirty Dancing?)  Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey had nothing on these two! OK, except for maybe the whole jump-from-the-stage-catch-her-in-the-air move.

Medals were awarded.  Eliza was giddy with excitement:

Otto took his degree a bit more seriously:

The children sang along with pretty darn good sign language, far better than you average hula dancer:

Mama, Nana and Eliza were are pretty excited:

Eliza was particularly thrilled to show off her medal to Nana and Nana was just as happy to share the moment with Eliza:

So five years after I brought Eliza home from the NICU with great trepidation as a single mom with dire predictions about whether Eliza would walk, talk, run, laugh or even enjoy life, I think it is safe to say that she has done it all.

Oh the places she will go!

Mama loves you so very much and could not be happier or prouder!


Sarah said...

Congraduations :) Love how grown up and attentive she looks. Way to go, Eliza!

PS: Your word verification is 'pron.' creepy.

Robin Elizabeth said...

Eliza is a beautiful little girl. I love that Eliza and Elizabeth have already claimed their men!

Amy, John, Sam, and Frank said...

Congratulations, Eliza!!! Wow, Anne, our babies are growing up so fast!!!

Bridie said...

Congratulations! These accomplishments mean so much don't they?

Barb said...

Wow. Time has flown, hasn't it? Great pictures. Congratulations.

(And now I'll go on with my day humming Time of my life all day long.)

A, L, & K in Ithaca said...

Wow! Way to go, Team Eliza Grace! You rock!

catchupdaphne said...

Congratulations, Eliza! And Eliza's Mommy, who shares this great achievement.

john said...

love this blog keep up the good work

Veronica said...

Congrats Eliza, what a strong little girl you are! Keep inspiring us everyday!!

Anonymous said...

I had an Armageddon verklempt moment looking at the pictures. Great job of making a grown man well up.

Billy said...

Here (late..) from the single mama competition.
Congratulations on Eliza's graduation!