Friday, October 17, 2014

Liam at 13 Months

Liam Dayne
13 months old
15 lbs 10 oz
28 inches


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!


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!


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


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


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!


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


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.


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


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). 


Nicknames:  Miam and Little Dude.


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!


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!


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. 


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


Thursday, October 16, 2014

This and That

How is it already the middle of October?!?  I swear, having 4 kids isn't difficult, but life with 4 is busy!  There simply isn't enough time to do everything.  I feel like I wake up, blink, and the day is over!
Here's a glimpse of our first half of October:

Celebrating: Down Syndrome Awareness Month.  I'm sure most people are aware, but a lot of the information is wrong or misunderstood.  I love sharing Liam's beautiful smile every day, along with a fact about Down Syndrome.  You can find all my posts here.

Watching:  We finished Orange is the New Black on Netflix (so addictive!), then moved on to season 3 of New Girl.  Fall TV is back, which means we're watching Homeland (LOVE!), The Walking Dead (weekly dose of anxiety), Parenthood (sobfest), and American Horror Story (what is up with the clown?!?).  

Speaking of Netflix, I am thrilled to announce that I will be part of the Netflix #StreamTeam! We love Netflix, and I'm so excited for this opportunity to work with them.  Look for my monthly posts over the next year!


Cooking: I stepped up my ballgame and I'm attempting two new recipes a month.  So far, we tried Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup and Chicken Fried Rice.  Both recipes were a HIT!  

I'm going to share the Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup Recipe, because we love it so much! My friend, Tracy, gave me the recipe. Thanks, Tracy!  I tweaked it a bit to use what I had. 

Step 1: Put the following ingredients in the crockpot.

3 chicken breasts
1 large can tomato puree (she uses 2 cans chopped tomatoes)
Bag of Frozen Corn
5 cans of beans (don't drain-I used black, pinto, and kidney beans)
Packet of taco seasoning
Packet of Ranch Dressing Mix

Step 2: Cook on high for 6 hours.

Step 3: Shred Chicken and mix the chicken back into the soup.

Step 4: Serve with rice, tortilla chips, shredded cheddar cheese, and sour cream.

It is so easy and SO good! 

Shopping:  I couldn't resist some cute Thanksgiving outfits for Liam!

OR these adorable Christmas dresses for Lily!  (They are from The Hairbow Company!  Their stuff is so cute.  You can click the link on my right sidebar!)
 New Product Love: I ordered Frozen cups from Tupperware.  My girls love them and they seriously don't leak! My friend, Steph, is my tupperware girl!
Trying Out:  My girls love their new Littlest Pet Shop Sets from Bzzagent! 

I LOVE the Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer that was in my Braun VoxBox from Influenster!  This is now a must have in my house! 

Photo: We're trying out the Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer for free, thanks to Influenster.  This product is a game changer!  It is so quick and easy to use.  In 2 seconds, you get an accurate temperature reading.  This is perfect for Liam, because his ear canals are too small for an ear thermometer and the only alternative wasn't a pleasant one! Even better, I can take the kids temperatures without waking them up.  No more ear thermometer for us!  We love this product so much and we will be using it all the time! 

*I received these products complimentary for testing purposes.  Reviews coming soon!  

School Pictures:  They turned out REALLY good!

Fall Fun:  Park picnics with best friends.


Blustery Football games.

Fall weather (Then hot again!  And cool again!).

Beautiful Autumn Days.

Chasing Geese!

Halloween Treat Trees and Treats!

New Halloween Hats.

And NEW skills!  Liam can walk behind a walker now, and he is starting speech therapy on Friday!  BIG BOY!

Coming Up:  Book Fairs, Birthdays, and Halloween Celebrations!

Happy October!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Breastfeeding Diaries

I'm guest posting today for Julie from the Girl in the Red Shoes!  I love her breastfeeding diaries series, and was thrilled to share how I successfully breastfed (still going strong!) a baby with Down Syndrome!  Check it out!  While there, browse Julie's awesome blog! Enjoy your day!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Festivals and Fireworks

Early in September, we headed into Pittsburgh to go to the Irish Fest.

My dear friend, Amber, had some extra tickets, and invited our family to join them.  It was so nice to spend the day with Amber, Rex, Audrey, and Jack!

We arrived shortly after the gates opened.  It wasn't crowded at all, so we headed to the craft area first.  The kids had a lot of fun making crowns, stained glass windows, and necklaces!


They all got their faces and arms painted before we moved on.


We explored the shops and booths, then took a break by the river. I adore these kids.  They're like family and I hope they always remain this close!


By that point, Liam needed a snack break, so we sat down at the picnic tables while Grant and Rex shopped some more.


We attempted a group photo on our way out, but Lily was overtired and refused to join in!


Our final stop was at the Wishing Tree.  Dylan and Lexie wrote out their wishes and found the perfect spot on the tree.


We left the Irish Fest and went out to eat together, before returning home.

That evening, we all met back up for our Community Day Fireworks.  Our township has the best fireworks in the area, and we never went prior to that night!  I'm so glad we did.  We'll definitely be returning every year!


It was the perfect way to end a great day spent with friends!