Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Liam at 15 Months

Liam Dayne
15 Months
16 1/2 lbs
29 inches

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Milestones:  He's finally crawling properly!!! He started right after I posted his 14 month update.  He's now crawling and cruising quickly and getting into everything.  He can cruise one handed, and his balance is much better.  Walking independently is the next step!

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Tooth Count: 3, and one on the way.

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Eating: 3 meals a day, 2 snacks, drinking from a straw cup, and nursing morning and night.

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Favorite Foods:  Bananas, oranges, grapes, strawberries, nutrigrain bars, puffs, lil' crunchies (Gerber), yogurt melts, pasta with red sauce, macaroni and cheese, tapioca pudding, and carrots.

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Sleeping:  12-14 hours every night without waking, plus one long nap and usually a short nap that takes place while running errands.  Still a great sleeper!

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Sounds/Words:  Mama, Dada, Uh-Oh, Baba, Oooo, Ahhh, Nana.  He barks when he hears a dog bark, growls, and blow raspberries a lot. Signs more and eat. Constantly babbles and sings.  He is starting to mimic a lot of sounds, thanks to speech therapy!

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Likes:  Eating, nursing, snuggling, reading books, playing, getting into things he isn't supposed to touch, speech therapy sessions, ripping apart the Christmas Tree, and taking baths.

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Dislikes:  Messy diapers, feeling cold, getting his face wiped, being forced to do things he doesn't want to do (PT sessions!), and bumping his head.

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Favorite Toys:  Play kitchen, Leapfrog Cook and Play Potsy, Little People, Fisher Price activity puzzle, foam letter mat, and books.

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Nicknames: Miam and Little Dude.

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Health:  100% healthy!  No health concerns whatsoever!

Someone is super excited about no therapy this week! Instead, he gets to focus on destroying the house! #trouble

Early Intervention:  Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy.  An hour long session for each type of therapy, in our home, once a week. He got Sure Steps to help with proper foot placement when he stands, but he only wears them during therapy.   Right before we got them, he started standing with his foot placed properly on the ground! It figures!

We just picked up Liam's SureSteps today.  They're so tiny; one of the smallest pairs the man said he ever fitted on a child!  He doesn't roll his ankles inward, which is what they're intended to correct, but he had the tendency to balance on his toes or

Wearing:  Mostly 3-6 month clothing, but some 6-9 month items, too. 0-3 month onesies still fit.  Size 1 shoes. Size 2 diapers. His last meal, most of the time.

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Personality:  He is the happiest child I've ever met.  His smile says it all!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Cookies and Crafts with Santa

Every year, our township has a Pictures With Santa event, complete with cookie decorating and ornament making.  Last year was the first year we went, and I regret not going sooner!  We had a lot of fun! 

On Saturday, we stopped by before our annual Christmas party with our friends.

Liam fell asleep on the way. He stayed asleep after we arrived, so the kids decided to decorate their cookies while we waited for him to wake up.

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The best part, of course, was eating the cookies!

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Finally, the littlest member of our crew woke up!

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We picked the perfect time to go to the event.  We showed up an hour after it started, and they actually called us up for pictures with Santa.  I was so happy we didn't have to wait in line!

I love how the pictures turned out, but Liam was still very sleepy!  He wasn't his usual smiley self, but he didn't cry, so I'm calling it a win!

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After the kids saw Santa, they made some ornaments for our Christmas Tree. I love each and every one!

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Liam sat on the floor and smiled at everyone.  Too bad he didn't save those smiles for Santa!

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Until next year, Santa...

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Deck The Halls!

Can you believe Christmas is only 2 weeks away?!? I can't!  This year went by so quickly, and the busyness of the holiday season is making Christmas approach rapidly!

It's our family tradition to begin decorating the day after Thanksgiving. We like to fully celebrate Thanksgiving, let the excitement build Thanksgiving evening, and get started on Friday.  We usually put the tree up, including lights,  on Friday or Saturday, then decorate it on Sunday. 

We didn't stray from tradition this year.  The decorations started going up on Friday, and the lit tree went up on Saturday. On Sunday evening, after dinner and baths, we all gathered in the living room to decorate our tree.

Over the years, we accumulated quite a collection of ornaments.  Some are from my childhood, some are from Grant's childhood, some belonged to grandparents, some are from ornament exchanges, some are lovingly handmade (my favorite!), and each child has their own set of ornaments. Every ornament on our tree has a story.  I love it!

We take our decorating roles seriously!  Grant sits on the couch, carefully unwraps each ornament and hands it to the person it belongs to or chooses a person to hang it on the tree if it doesn't belong to one particular person.  He also hides the pickle ornament on the tree (a German tradition!), and lifts the child who is putting the star on the tree.  I of, course, take pictures, and I help the kids by putting breakable ornaments on the higher branches. Each child participates..even Liam! The kids look forward to decorating our tree every year. It's a fun, memorable night for all of us!

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By the time we finished, the kids were exhausted.  Especially the littlest elf! We decided to skip putting on the ribbon, and chose to admire our tree instead.

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We turned off the lights, and the room fell silent.  After a few seconds of quiet admiration, the kids went over to the tree and pointed out their favorite ornaments.  They were so proud of their hard work!

The Christmas decorations really have a way of making life seem happier, cozier, and more perfect! We enjoy this view every night!

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This time of year is so magical and beautiful!

We just need to protect our tree from Liam!  It's wrapped in ribbon now, and it's a Liam magnet. He is on a mission to take that ribbon DOWN! Hopefully our tree, and the rest of our decorations, can withstand Hurricane Liam!



Friday, December 5, 2014

Anchored Arrow Co Bandanna Bib Review and Giveaway

After having three children, I thought I experienced it all.   Then Liam came along, and he sure proved me wrong!

I never had a baby who drooled ALL THE TIME.  Until Liam.  Every single day, his shirt ended up getting soaked at the top.  It was driving me crazy, and I'm sure it didn't feel too comfortable!

During a meetup with several other moms of children who have Down Syndrome, I noticed one of the boys wearing an adorable bib.  The mom told me it was a bandanna bib and that her son wore them all the time.

I recently came across Anchored Arrow & Co on Instagram and I fell in love with her adorable bandanna bibs!

In addition to bibs, Anchored Arrow offers leggings, infinity scarves, and skirts.  Everything is very affordable and stylish!

I am so excited to partner with Anchored Arrow & Co for a review/giveaway!

Eliza sent me a bandanna bib to review, and is offering a bandanna bib to the winner of this giveaway!

When Liam's bandanna bib arrived, I loved it at first sight!  I was very impressed with the quality.  Not only was it cute, but it was incredibly soft! I loved the pattern and the extra touch of the anchored arrow label sewn onto the edge.

I couldn't get over just how adorable Liam looked while he was wearing his bandanna bib.  Cute, stylish, and functional, all in one!

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By the end of the day, Liam's bandanna bib was damp with drool, but thanks to the soft, absorbent layer sewn onto the back of the bib, his shirt stayed completely dry.  I was so impressed with the bandanna bib after our first use, and couldn't wait to put it on him again!

During the second wear, Liam put the bandanna bib to the test.  I'm happy to report it passed his teething test and raspberry blowing test.  His shirt stayed dry!

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We think Anchored Arrow bandanna bibs are #1!

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One feature I love about the bandanna bib is the snug fit around the neck that doesn't allow any drool to get trapped underneath like every other bib I tried!  Plus, it's so soft that it doesn't irritate Liam's sensitive skin.  That's a win in my book!

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I love handmade items, and I love sharing a great product, especially when it comes from a small business. I would never recommend a product to my family, friends, and readers that I don't believe in. This bandanna bib is a quality product.  Whether you use it as a fashion accessory or as a drool catcher, you won't be disappointed!

There are so many cute options to choose from!

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Eliza is super sweet, and so easy to work with. I especially love the fact that one of her brand reps has Down Syndrome like Liam. Thank you for seeing and showcasing the beauty of everyone, Eliza!

Please consider shopping from small businesses this holiday season!  Anchored Arrow can be found on Etsy, Instagram, and Facebook.

Our bandanna bib is one of our new favorite items!  We can't wait to get more!

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Anchored Arrow has graciously offered to give one of my readers a bandanna bib of their choice.  Enter the giveaway below on rafflecopter.   Good luck!

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*Disclosure: I was given a bandanna bib in exchange for my honest review.