Monday, October 20, 2014

Dash for Down Syndrome 2014

On September 27th, we headed into Pittsburgh for the Dash for Down Syndrome!

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This was our second year attending the Dash.  We attended last year's Dash when Liam was just 1 1/2 months old.  It was a last minute decision, but I'm so glad we went. It was our first real experience with the Down Syndrome Community.  These families are amazing!

This year, the Dash was held at a different location.  It was a hot, sunny day, and so many people showed up.  It really is a wonderful community!

Liam just wasn't his usual self that day.  I couldn't figure out why he wasn't smiling much and was acting so sleepy. A few days later, I found out why.  He was cutting his upper molars!

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I'm going to admit, my heart wasn't in it this year.  I refuse to let that happen next year!  I need to learn how to let go of disappointment and focus on those around me. 

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Liam was completely enthralled with the soccer field.  He refused to look at anyone!

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He even refused to look at the Pirates Parrot!

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When I picked him up, I couldn't figure out why he was covered in black dots.  Turns out the field was covered in shredded tire for better cushioning!

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While we waited for the walk to start, I took the girls to meet the Pirates Parrot and we stood in a LONG line (technical difficulties) for a bounce house. 

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Finally, we lined up on the hot field and got ready to walk!

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We walked for our sweet Liam. 

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We also walked for my dad's cousin's son, Joey, who passed away way too young.  He, too, had Down Syndrome.

After the walk, we went inside for a snack.  We didn't expect it to be so hot, and Liam needed to get out of the sun.  He was chowing down on his sock, so we swapped it for his very first Smiley Cookie (it's a Pittsburgh thing)!

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We are so thankful for our family and friends who joined us to support Liam and the Down Syndrome community!

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Until next year, Dash!

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There's no doubt about it:  We love this kid SO much!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Liam at 13 Months

Liam Dayne
13 months old
15 lbs 10 oz
28 inches

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Milestones:  It was a big month! Walking behind a walker, first tooth, pulling up to a stand in the bathtub, started speech therapy, and scooting around on his bum!

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Tooth Count: THREE!  Liam cut his first tooth 2 days after he turned 13 months.  Two weeks later, his top molars came in!  I was shocked!  He's definitely teething out of order!

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Eating:  3 meals a day plus snacks, drinking from a straw cup, and nursing twice a day. 

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Favorite Foods:  Yogurt melts, mandarin oranges, yogurt, macaroni and cheese, pasta with marinara sauce, bananas, tapioca pudding, and Gerber Graduates Lil' Crunchies.

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Sleeping:  Liam sleeps 12-13 hours a night, takes one long nap every day, and takes one short nap every day.  He tends to fall asleep in the Ergo or in the car.  He's a great sleeper!  I lay him down, say good night, and see him 12-13 hours later!

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Sounds/Words:  Mama, Dada, Baba, NumNum, Ooo, Ahhh, and lots of growling and babbling. This little dude talks constantly!

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Likes:  Eating, nursing, being carried in the Ergo, playing with his toys, ripping apart his foam play mat, standing, going for walks, playing in the grass, swinging, taking baths, reading books, and playing with family and friends.

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Dislikes:  Poopy diapers (must change IMMEDIATELY!), getting his faced wiped, and running out of food on his highchair tray!

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Favorite Toys:  Books, foam letter mat, play kitchen with pretend food, Fisher Price Learning Birdbath,  Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car, and Leapfrog Cook and Play Potsy (a pot filled with vegetables that has a spoon and a lid). 

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Nicknames:  Miam and Little Dude.

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Health: Liam is perfectly healthy!  He had roseola for a few days at the beginning of September, but no other health issues to worry about!

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Early Intervention: Liam  receives Occupational Therapy once a week, Physical Therapy once a week, and speech therapy once a week.  All therapies are in our home.  We love his therapists!  He just had his yearly IFSP meeting on Monday, and set new goals for him!

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Wearing:  3-6 month clothing, although 0-3 month onesies and a few 0-3 months sleepers still fit!  He has tiny feet and is still wearing size 1 shoes.  Size 2 diapers. 

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Personality:  Liam has quite a personality!  He is sweet, cuddly, charming, and FULL of joy! 

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