Left to right: Caleb, Christian and Colby play on the floor at Pumpkin Center Elementary school where their mother will return for a new school year. Christian was born 14 weeks premature, but is now healthy and strong. Amy Wadsworth / LTN Photo
Christian sits on his motherâ€™s lap and helps himself to some Cheerios.
His eyes light up, and he smiles when his mother kisses his cheek.
He is a pretty face and is known to many around him as â€œthe miracle baby.â€
Bonnie Brown has been by his side since he came into this world premature, 14 weeks early to be exact.
The doctors told Brown her child would have 50/50 chance of surviving.
They just had to wait.
Brown, who is the music teacher at Pumpkin Center Elementary School, had to take a leave of absence for a year and three months, to care for Christian.
She said it was tough, but God was by her side.
â€œA lot of people prayed all over the place,â€ Brown said. â€œThatâ€™s what got us through.â€
Christian was born April 4, 2003. He weighed only two pounds and had to stay in intensive care for 71 days.
Lying beside a Beanie Baby in a picture taken when he was only a week old, Christian appears smaller than the stuffed toy.
Each day Brown would go to the hospital to see him, sometimes twice a day, praying that he would be able to come home soon.
â€œI had a lot of time to reflect in my spiritual walk. I just had to trust God that Christian was going to make it,â€ she said.
Christian, now 15-months, weighs 19 pounds and four ounces. Although small for his age, he is well on his way to recovery.
Bonnie Brown, the music teacher at Pumpkin Center Elementary, and 15-month-old Christian take a break to eat some cheerios Monday afternoon. Due to Christian being born premature, Brown had to take a year and three month leave of absence in order to care for herself and her baby. Amy Wadsworth / LTN Photo
â€œHe is starting to walk and is cruising his way on the furniture,â€ she said laughing.
Brown is preparing to come back to work and get back to her old life.
â€œIt is definitely going to be an adjustment,â€ she said. â€œWe will just have to stick to a schedule.â€
Christian isnâ€™t her only child; she also has two adopted children from Vietnam, twins Caleb and Colby.
â€œThey have been great with Christian,â€ she said. â€œThey love their brother.â€
Although it will be hard to leave the children, Brown welcomes the change.
â€œIâ€™m excited to get back in a routine of seeing the (school) kids again,â€ she said. â€œIt will be nice to be on a schedule.â€
Brown has considered adopting again.
â€œI have always liked the idea of adopting,â€ Brown said. â€œThere are so many children who need a good home.â€
She is happy that God chose to give her both.
â€œHe chose to bless us with adopted children and a birth child,â€ she said.by Amy Wadsworth