Friday, September 19, 2014

Bring Back Summer!

As we near the end of September, everyone is getting so excited about Fall! I understand the appeal.  The cozy clothes, the holidays, and the changing leaves are great things. 

I do like most aspects of Fall, but I find myself wishing back those hot, lazy, summer days.  Some of my favorite memories over the summer were made poolside with our friends.  Exactly one month ago, we were doing just that.

We were cooling off in the pool on a hot summer evening.


We were laughing with family and friends.


We were sharing the experience with our best friends.


We were venturing into the deep end with a brave friend.


We were relaxing on rafts in the water.


We were enjoying the freedom of summer.


We were smiling and feeling content.


We were sharing food.


We were enjoying a night swim after eating dinner together.


We were stealing kisses.


We were goofing off with some of the people we love most.


We were gazing up at the stars.


We were jumping on a trampoline at night, and we were thinking it was the coolest thing ever.


We were stuffing cookies into our mouths and hugging our friends.


We were falling asleep under the stars.


As the temperature drops,  I find myself longing for that carefree day.

It was a GOOD day.  It was a GREAT summer.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Liam at 12 Months


My sweet Liam,

  You are officially 1 year old!!! This year was the fastest year of my life, but it was also the best year of my life.  I have all my babies in my arms and you truly complete our family.  I am greeted with your sweet smile every morning, and I get to snuggle you every day.  I am so lucky. We are beyond blessed to have you in our family!  You brought so much joy and awareness into our lives.  Every day with you is a blessing!  Happy First Birthday, beautiful boy. You are my pride and joy, and I love you with all my heart.

Love, Mommy


MILESTONES:  Pulling up to a standing position and taking little steps while holding onto furniture more frequently, playing in a kneeling position, standing up from a crouching position, and sitting down from a standing position.

TOOTH COUNT: Still no teeth!  Considering your siblings got their teeth at 4 months and were completely done teething (including 2 year molars!) by 18 months, this is new for us!

COMFORTS: Nursing, bouncing on knees, and being carried in the Ergo.

FIRSTS:  Between 11-12 months, you attended your first family reunion, celebrated Daddy and Lily's Birthdays, you enjoyed your first visit to Deer Park and Pymatuning, you rode on a little train (which you loved!), and you had your first birthday party!

EATING:  You still nurse several times a day.  You self feed all your meals and drink from a straw cup. You love to eat!

FAVORITE FOODS: Mandarin oranges, bananas, strawberries, watermelon, carrots, cheesy noodles, puffs, cheerios, baby goldfish crackers,  yogurt melts, apple sauce, and yogurt.

SLEEPING: I have NO complaints in the sleep department.  I nurse you before bed, lay you down awake, and you put yourself to sleep.  You sleep 12-14 hours, and wake up happy.  You still take 2 naps a day and you still tend to fall asleep in the car. 


SOUNDS/WORDS: Mama, Dada, Baby, Oooo, Ahhh, and lots of squeals, growling, and singing.  You are a talkative little guy!

LIKES:  Eating, nursing, cuddling with your family, standing, playing with the play kitchen, pulling toys out of the basket, taking walks, taking baths, and riding in the Ergo. You're happy most of the time!

DISLIKES: You hate when your diaper is dirty and you hate to get your face wiped! And, obviously, your too big birthday shirt that you will probably fit into next year!


FAVORITE TOYS/GAMES: Your Bright Starts Take Along Carrier Toy Bar (we use this on your infant car seat and your stroller), LeapFrog Cook and Play Potsy, Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Birdbath, your sister's play kitchen, Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car, books, peek-a-boo, and your light up boom box!

NICKNAMES:  Miam. Lily can now pronounce your name correctly, but we still call you Miam!

HEALTH: You are perfectly healthy! Your laryngomalacia is gone and your reflux went away!

EARLY INTERVENTION: You still receive OT once a week for one hour and PT once a week for one hour in our home.

STATS: 15 lbs 14 oz and 27 1/2 inches.  These stats were taken at your well visit on your birthday. Several days later, you were weighed again and lost some weight, but grew a 1/2 inch!

WEARING: Size 2 diapers, size 1 shoes, and mostly 3-6 month clothing, although you still fit into several
0-3 month items. You're a little guy!

PERSONALITY: You slay everyone with your huge grin and bright eyes! You win people over with your sweet cuddles. You are a beautiful, joyful, social, healthy boy!  You are a gift to all of us!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Life Lately/Currently/Over the Weekend

I'm working so hard to get caught up on the blog, and lots of posts from last month have been going up!  In the meantime, here's what's going on NOW:

Liam continues to slay everyone with his grin.

Lily had her 3 year well visit.  She's happy, healthy, and growing well!


I bought this (from Toys R Us): 


Grant and I celebrated 14 years of marriage!


Lily is currently participating in storytime, and she LOVES it!  She goes in by herself and doesn't even ask for help with her art projects.  She is going to rock pre-k next year!


Fall arrived in our backyard.


Liam had his 1 year eye appointment.  It went great!  Everything is normal, and she doesn't need to see him again until he's 2!


It would have been Grant's dad's birthday on September 11th.  We miss him so much! He loved his family, his country, and being mayor of his town.  I really wish he could have met Liam, but he passed away 2 months before we found out Liam was on his way.


Our first "baby" would have been 12 on that day, too.  Just looking at Morgana's sweet face (and little Pepe's face) makes my heart ache. They both will always have a special place in my heart!


Lexie wore JEANS for the first time in several years.  She never liked them, but decided to give them a try!  She is adjusting well to 2nd grade.  She likes her new school, likes her teacher, and is already acing her tests!


Dylan is getting so big!  He is having a great year, too.  He loves his teacher and loves his friends!


Liam rode in the cart for the first time.  The cart cover was buried under a huge pile of groceries from Costco, but he did great without it.  I usually keep him in his infant car seat or wear him in the Ergo, but this is a great new alternative when he's awake!



I'm watching...Orange is the new Black.  We watched 2 episodes, and we're hooked!
I'm reading...Criminal by Karin Slaughter.  Crime books are my weakness!
I'm listening to...the latest hits.  That's what the kids request in the car!
I'm thinking about...everything I need to organize, plan, and do!  It's overwhelming!
I need to...finish swapping out the summer clothes for fall clothes.  This morning was COLD!
I'm creating... meal plans, lists, and blog posts.  Constantly.
I'm cooking...crockpot macaroni and cheese and fish for dinner tonight!
I'm shopping for...clothes for the kids, items for home renovations, and birthday presents.
I'm organizing...paperwork and bills. Despite my best intentions, I always fall behind!
I'm proud far Liam has come in one year.  His OT and PT are working on his yearly evaluation, and he really is doing great!
I'm looking forward night with my family tonight and watching some more Orange is the new Black!
I'm loving...the quiet in my house right now.  Ahhhhhh!
I'm very grateful for...good health for all my family and friends.

Over the weekend...we celebrated my sister's upcoming 40th Birthday with a surprise party at a local park. It felt warm all afternoon, but right after we arrived, the temperature dropped into the fifties and the wind picked up. We were all bundled up like it was winter!  For some reason, it felt colder than it really was. The kids ran off with their cousins, Grant played with the kids, and I bundled up in a blanket and spent time with 3 of my 7 siblings.  Despite the chilly weather, it was a nice afternoon spent with my family! 


On Sunday, we visited Grant's family and I started pulling out the Fall clothes.  It was a laid-back end to our weekend.  It was a good one!

Our plans for this week...We are staying home all day today!  Tomorrow, Liam has PT, then we have to buy some birthday presents and stop at the pharmacy, then Lily has storytime. I'm visiting my parents on Wednesday.  On Thursday morning, I have to take my SUV to the dealership for a recall.  On Friday, we are going to the Homecoming Parade, then hanging out with some friends.  I'm going to a tupperware party on Saturday and we're visiting Grant's family on Sunday.  Add in errands and morning walks, and it will be another busy week!