My name is Emmett Ibach and I am 9 years old. Because of my birth, I have severe hypoxic ischemia (lack of oxygen to the brain that causes many neurological problems), severe irritability, a sleep disorder, and a seizure disorder. (Read my background story to find out more)
When I was born, I was not breathing and was sent right to the NICU. I had a ventilator overnight and had seizures immediately. Surprising everyone, I went home after 16 days. I have continuous trouble with irritability, sleep, seizures, and feedings. I take many medications to help. I require 24 hour one-on-one care and have a nurse during the day. I have a feeding tube in my tummy to eat. I can't walk or talk in the conventional way, but definitely vocalize when happy, sad, and mad! I can be extremely irritable at times, but when happy, I have the biggest and best smiles. I like to give Hi-5's and my favorite show is Barney! I love to be held and rocked. I have a 7 year old brother named Ethan and a 4 year old sister named Emma who I love very much.
I just realized I didn't post an entry on Emmett's Birthday!!!!!
Happy 10th Birthday to Emmett on November 1st!! 10 years old, WOW!! Where has the time gone!?!?!
Emmett was able to go to school on his birthday and he was smothered with attention! He brought treats for all his friends and came home with lots of homemade cards from his class. We went to Skateland in the evening with our Hope, Inc. friends! We brought cupcakes to share with them too! Emmett had a great time being wheeled fast around and around the rink!
I still can't believe it has been 10 years since our journey with Emmett began. It seems just like yesterday. I can remember the noises, the smells, every nurse, and each baby in the NICU. Emmett was huge at 8 lbs 5 oz. compared to those little premies!! We had no idea what the next ten years had in store, or even imagining Emmett as a 10 year old, but here we are! It has been a tough journey at times, but also a rich journey. Our lives have been touched by so many people and experiences that wouldn't have been without our Emmett! Our lives has been transformed and will continue to be down every bend in the road! Ethan and Emma continue to be shaped by their big brother. They are the two most caring, compassionate, and excepting children of all individuals I know!