Aug 24, 2012

Family Fun Day

The day had arrived for the kids on the football teams to gather their families for a day of fun on the field.  They had business tents set up for the adults and a bunch of games and fun activities for the little ones.  Liam enjoyed the bouncy houses while Landon enjoyed the games.  Landon even won a few prizes.  He dunked the coaches, punted and passed footballs, and had a blast tossing rings and shooting hoops.  Mom and Dad sat back and watch their little ones have a good time while gnawing on a greasy cheeseburger.  It was a great day.  I'm so happy we were able to go.

Aug 19, 2012

Brusha, Brusha, Brusha

For the longest time Liam hasn't shown much interest in taking on teeth-brushing.  Yes, we've tried on numerous occasions (including OT sessions), but never wanted anything to do with it.  The dentist wasn't too concerned as long as he took to it eventually.  And, we all knew that it would come like anything else.  The first thing that comes to mind when I am trying to encourage Liam to brush is this jingle:

Brusha, Brusha, Brusha
Get the new Ipana
With the brand new flavor
It's dandy for your teeth
Brusha, Brusha, Brusha
New Ipana toothpaste
Brusha, Brusha, Brusha
Knock out
Decay Germs Fast, Fast, Faster
You're sure alright

 Lately he has been doing great, with a little bribery.  If I let him play in the water for a few minutes, he is more prone to brush his teeth (or at least let me get in his mouth).  At first it started with a battle, then bribing him with water and assisting him in brushing, to him attempting to do it on his own.  It seems like these little things are happening overnight.  One day he is one way and then next he is a brand new kid.  I'm not complaining a bit. 

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For awhile there we were using our ottoman from our living room to give him the height that he needed (mainly for therapies).  For his birthday he received this stepping stool, which helped tremendously.  Plus, it was more appropriate and convenient for what we were using the step for.  I'm still contemplating getting him a faucet extender so he doesn't have to reach in so far for the water, but so far, he's doing a great job and everything is working out wonderfully.

On a side note:  Liam is now wearing pull-ups around the house and at preschool.  Pretty much wherever there is a potty handy.  He's doing great!

Aug 17, 2012

Project 365 {2012}: Week Thirty-Three in Review

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August 11th:  A friend of mine wanted pictures taken of her family.  Her triplets were adorable!

August 12th

August 12th:  Liam had his third birthday party.  Happy Birthday, sweetie!

August 13th

August 13th:  Liam's first day of preschool.  He loves it!  He's a big hit, too!  Must be the curls and dimples.  :)

August 14th

August 14th:  Landon had football practice.  They learned how to tackle and block.  I'm pretty certain Landon will be the LG on the team.

August 15th

August 15th:  The "tackle duel".  All the kids stood in a big circle and challenged the other.  Good times.

August 16th

August 16th:  During football practice the coach approached me and said we were doing a surprise scrimmage on the other side of the field.   Nobody was prepared but I guess it's the best way to get the kids prepped for this Sunday's Jamboree.  This is Cowboys offense team (Landon included) waiting their turn to play against the Raiders.

August 17th

August 17th:  Do you ever have the problem of losing your remote to the television?  This was one of those cases for me.  The ON/OFF button is broken on our TV (thanks to Landon's superhero strength) so we have to have the remote in order switch the channels, or just watch in general.  It was bad business, bad business.  I finally found it and held on to it for dear life.  I never knew how important a piece of technology could be, especially in our house.

Aug 12, 2012

Oh Gee, You're Three

I feel like a broken record when I say, "Where did the time go?"  I know we've been busy keeping up with our busy bee, but seriously! 

When Liam first started First Steps he was about a year old.  When the Service Coordinator sat me down to discuss everything about Liam, one of the things she asked was, "What are some positives about Liam?"  When she asked me about the negatives, I had no problem blurting out all the delays or issues we were having.  But I had no idea the positives would be so difficult and just sat there with a blank look on my face.  Then, I cried thinking I was such a horrible parent for not having more faith, or anything nice to say about my own son.  I was overwhelmed with why he was getting involved in First Steps in the first place...and sad...and worried.  Let's just say those days are over.  I'm a new mom with a new outlook and I am ready to "brag" about my little one.  In fact, I've been at this place in my life for quite some time.  Not only has Liam grown, I have as well.  A child can teach you so much.


Liam is signing thirty-something words now.  He uses some of them without mentioning the word or asked. 

Liam is lively and spunky.  He enjoys playing with kids, especially his brother.  He is one big ball of energy.

He is smart.  He retains so much and uses his problem-solving skills daily. 

He will be starting preschool tomorrow.  Good things will come from being around other kids his age.  Right now, our biggest issues that we hope to see improved with peer pressure would be:  Transitioning to a sippy cup, feeding, and speech.  We are also looking forward to a more detailed potty-training schedule.  Since his brace, we haven't pushed the issue too much, but he's been letting us know by patting his diaper after he's gone.  I think that is a good sign that he's ready to move to the next step.

Liam is fun and makes you smile all the time.  He makes funny faces and has quite a sense of humor.  But, he's a typical toddler and tests his boundaries more than I would like for him to.

He's the most lovable little guy I know.  He loves to hug and kiss, and over the last year, he has become quite a little cuddle bug.  Granted, he doesn't last long in a more confined position, but loves it nonetheless.

He eats a variety of food if given the opportunity.  His sensitivity for cold foods/drinks has improved immensely.  If he sees you eating/snacking he wants to partake in it.  He will walk up to you and open his mouth like a baby bird for you to feed him.  This is probably my favorite.  And, I love the "Aaaaahhhh" that come with it. 

When things are at a low or we are at a point of frustration or disbelief, Liam will always be there to lift us up with his award-winning smile and personality. 

Liam is ticklish.  He loves being tickled and chased around the house or yard.  His most ticklish spot is his knees.  When he gets going he has an elf giggle that absolutely melts your heart.

His favorite game is Ring Around The Rosie and he likes to swing (more by a human than an actual swing).

He is strong, which is why we came up with the nickname Herculiam.  Seems to be a big hit amongst our circle of family, friends, and professionals.  I think his upper body strength came from wheeling himself around in his wheelchair for awhile. 

Liam loves pointing to objects around the house and have me tell him what they are (even if he already knows).  He also loves it when I know what he's trying to say.  He lights up and gets very excited.

His favorite drink is milk. 

His favorite foods/snacks are:  Fries, donuts (various), Oreo 100 calorie snack cookies, mashed potatoes, chicken nuggets, twist breakfast bars, and hot dogs.

He doesn't really have tantrums.  He may grunt or make some sort of noise but it only lasts a few seconds and he moves on.  The only time we've ever had a problem with this is when he either wasn't ready to exit the bathtub or pool.  But, even then it wasn't a complete meltdown and didn't last long.

Liam LOVES water.

He is getting better at brushing his teeth (with my help).  He's had texture issues so teeth brushing can be a challenge.  We're getting there.

Liam loves our floor fans.  I think he is more interested in how they work than anything. 

When Liam hurts himself, we always have to kiss his boo-boos - no matter how minor or severe.


 Happy Birthday, baby big boy!  His theme this year for his party is the firefighter theme.  He's OUR little hero.

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Aug 11, 2012

Project 365 {2012} Week Thirty-Two in Review

August 4th

August 4th:  Another photo shoot with cute kids!  Livy was turning a year and Ash turned eight.  I love my job.

August 5th

August 5th:  I saw a sun flare opp and I took it - nothing special.  

August 6th

August 6th:  Landon at football practice.

August 7th

August 7th:  Another football practice.

August 8th

August 8th:  Landon's first day back to school as a 3rd grader.  He's so big now!

August 9th

August 9th:  I didn't have much going on over the next couple of days so I tried to find something to take a picture of.  Again, nothing special.  This is my neighbor's potted plant.  Because the heat has been so bad here, everything is drying up.  Sad.

August 10th

August 10th:  One of the few flowers that has survived the high temps.