"Every benchmark that she's made and every little baby step she's been able to accomplish in the last year has been tremendous," her mother, Andie Musial, said

By Caitlin Keating
Updated November 18, 2015 02:50 PM

One Ohio family has a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.

During last year’s holiday season, Amelia Musial, then 6 months old, spent her first Thanksgiving at the hospital hooked up to a breathing machine.

Amelia was born four months premature in May and weighed slightly more than a pound, according to Fox8.

She spent months in the neonatal intensive care unit at Hillcrest Hospital in Cleveland, and according to the news outlet, her head was no bigger than a golf ball when she was born.

Now 18-months-old, she is a couple inches smaller than other infants her age, but her parents say she makes up for it with her personality and determination.

“She’s doing 18-month-old behaviors…she’s definitely behaving like she’s older than she is even though she’s not physically able to keep up with an 18 month old,” her mother, Andie Musial, told Fox8.

She’s learned how to grasp objects, feed herself and work on other fine motor skills.

Amelia’s entire extended family is expected to be there for her first Thanksgiving at home.

“[It’s] just such a miracle and we are so blessed that she s come so far. Every benchmark that she’s made and every little baby step she’s been able to accomplish in the last year has been tremendous,” Andie said.