While I thought this day might be emotional for me, knowing that Jenelle is so far behind developmentally, I found that I was rather relieved that it finally arrived. I see this day not as a milestone to point to what Jenelle "isn't" doing, but to hope for all that she can accomplish in the coming year. Life with a special needs child means there are constant reminders of how your child isn't "normal." Birthdays are just a part of those reminders, but thankfully only a small part.
Jenelle is the strongest person I know, and she has already been through so much in her short 12 months of life. Think of the potential for the coming year, and how she will strengthen and grow. That helps me get through this day.