Archive for April, 2009

Liam at 4 1/2 Months

Here is a cute video of Liam talking to me at 4 and a half months… he’s now almost 5 months though. At the beginning it sounds like he says “Maya” the name of my new niece! Then in the middle of the video you’ll see him react with big eyes. I found a sound that makes him give me that reaction every time and it’s hilarious!


My Favorite Bib…

This bib is courtesy of some friends we met through downhere, and is always a good reminder! Jeremy does a good job to let me know, but it’s nice to see this once in a while too, ha! Thanks guys! I’ll put up a picture of him in my favorite onesie later this week.

bibIf you’re having trouble reading it, it says “My mom’s a hottie”!


Update on Liam

Liam is now 4 and a half months old – time is flying by! The other day I was talking to my sister about something Liam had done “when he was a baby”. I stopped myself and thought… he’s only 4 months old! He’s still my little baby, but he’s growing so fast!

At his 4-month check-up he weighed 15 lbs, 6 oz., and was 25 inches long. His head circumference was 15.79 inches around (to be exact). The growth chart we received from the doctor is based on normal babies. I’ve compared it to the growth chart I have for babies with Down syndrome, and here’s where he’s at: on the regular chart he falls in the 55th percentile for weight and 50th for height (for his age). On the Down syndrome growth chart he is in the 90th percentile for weight and 85th percentile for height. So I was encouraged by that. I don’t have a Down syndrome chart for head circumference… he’s in the 7th percentile on the regular chart. But babies with Down syndrome tend to have smaller heads so that’s to be expected. In the end, the numbers are telling us he is a healthy growing boy – praise the Lord!!

He is such a good baby too!! He is very easy going and lovable and is sleeping 11 hours at night consistently now… what a gift! He doesn’t enjoy being put to sleep but once he gets there he’s out! We had a physical therapy evaluation done on him because he has hypotonia (low muscle tone). His neck was really weak for a while but it’s getting stronger every day and he can now hold his head up unassisted for 5 mins. in his Bumbo! I am so excited about this… there is so much more Liam can do now that his head is getting stronger. The physical therapist is going to start coming to the house once a week for an hour to help me work with Liam to help get him stronger. He has his daddy’s chest and shoulders so I think he will excel:)!! We also have an Early Intervention teacher coming to the house twice a month to make sure he is up to date with his development.

Here are some other recent developmental milestones Liam has reached:

  • talks using “aah” and “ee” vowels
  • grabs his foot when his brace is on
  • grasps a toy actively and brings it to his mouth to suck on it
  • responds to me by talking when I talk/sing to him
  • quiets when I sing or a song is played
  • rolls from back to front and front to back with his brace on (still not consistent)
  • smiles in response to ‘peek-a-boo’
  • bares his weight on his feet for a few seconds when I hold him
  • loves sucking on his hands

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Liam in his Bumbo… he looks like he’s really trying!!

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Liam and his cousin Maya! Don’t you love her hair!? Also, notice Liam’s nice broad chest and shoulders… and he’s a definite outie;)!


Easter Surprise!

Many of you may have figured out where I went for Easter judging by my Twitter the other day. But for those of you who don’t know, let me fill you in! Jeremy and I used our frequent flier miles (one of the perks Jeremy has for traveling so much) and flew to Montana for Easter to surprise my parents. We flew into Bozeman, MT and stayed with my older sister Julie and her family for a couple days first. While we were with her we set up a 3-way video chat with my parents (who live 3 hours from my sister) –  we made it look like Jeremy and I were still in TN. We were just chatting away as if nothing was different when I told my parents I would go grab Liam so they could say hi to him. Instead, I went and grabbed Maya (Julie’s new little girl). You’ll see pictures of Maya below – she looks distinctly different from Liam, mostly because of her head full of long black hair! Well, I brought her in and held her up to the camera… and my parents didn’t catch on right away. They just thought Liam had grown a bunch of hair all of the sudden!! My dad kept saying he needed more bandwidth because he knew something didn’t look right. Eventually Julie left her screen and came over to ours and put her face next to mine and we said “Happy Easter!!!” At that point they finally figured out that we were in Montana, not Nashville! So that was a lot of fun. We figured we’d let my parents in on it before we showed up at their doorstep a couple days later just to give them a little time to plan. It worked out really well and we were able to celebrate Easter all together and it was a blast!

My parents have an absolutely breathtaking view from their deck which definitely adds to the celebration of the resurrection. Our traditional family Easter weekend schedule goes like this: on Friday we attend a Good Friday service (which we didn’t end up doing this year), then Saturday we dye and paint Easter eggs, and Sunday we celebrate the resurrection at church! And we ALWAYS take a formal family photo after church. Especially this time since we won’t be all together again until Christmas. I’ve posted lots of pictures below so you can get a glimpse of the fun time we had at Easter!easter1

Family photo

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As my sister Jacque says, “we take our egg dying seriously.”

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Jacque’s masterpiece… a sunset over the ocean!

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Our family with a view from my parent’s deck… it came out dark so I had to lighten it a bit, so it looks kind of fake.

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The new babies… Maya and Liam!

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Liam loved his Easter basket from Grandma;)

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Julie and her beautiful little girls!!


Mule Day Kick 5K

This past Saturday was Mule Day in Columbia, TN. That’s right, Mule Day! You know you’re in the south when you have a Mule Day. I guess it’s a pretty big deal. There were festivities all day having to do with mules: a parade, mule shows, mule riding classes, mule seminars, and many other activities that I didn’t have time to stay for. In fact if you really want to learn more you can go to www.muleday.com. Anyway, included in the festivities was the Mule Day Kick 5K. I always need to be training for something to keep me running motivated and consistent. So my friend Wendy and I trained and did the run together. I’m so proud of her! This was her first 5K and she did amazing! I think she even surprised herself because after the race she said she is wanting to find another race to train for… woohoo! It just goes to show that it’s all in the mind. When you tell yourself “you can do it” you most likely can, and if you say you can’t… well then, you can’t!  I was a bit bummed the day of the race because my other running buddy couldn’t make it. I was entered in the baby jogger division for the race because I wanted the challenge of running with Liam and pushing the stoller. The morning temperature was pretty chilly and I didn’t want to risk him getting a cold so I left him at home with a sitter. Maybe next time!hot-ladies

When we had finished the race and were on our way back to our cars we caught a glimpse of the finish line, and there was this old man finishing the race with his cane in hand – I was so impressed. I wish I could show him off to everyone just to prove that if this man can finish it with two wobbly legs then most of us don’t have a good excuse not to run. So if you want to join me in training please do! Find a race in your area and go for it. You can do it!


There Are No Accidents

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I was recently given this book by Elizabeth Elliot called Keep a Quiet Heart. I love her writing and how deeply in love she is with God even after having been through so much heartache. The chapters are short and power-packed so I’ve been trying to read one everyday. I came across this chapter the other day and was moved to tears as I could just feel the Holy Spirit speaking the words to my heart, so I thought I would share it with you!

The chapter is entitled ‘There Are No Accidents’ and she shares the story of her friend Judy who was born without legs. Elizabeth heard about a little boy who was born without arms and legs and asked Judy to write to his parents and encourage them that God does not make mistakes. I’ll share a couple of paragraphs from Judy’s letter – these are sure to encourage parents who have children born with disabilities…

“[Joni Eareckson Tada said] …’people with disabilities are God’s best visual aids to demonstrate who He really is. His power shows up best in weakness. And who by the world’s standards is weaker than the mentally or physically disabled? As the world watches, these people persevere. They live, love, trust and obey Him. Eventually the world is forced to say, ‘How great their God must be to inspire this kind of loyalty’…’ You as a family have been chosen in a special way to display His unique Masterwork. I pray that your roots of faith will grow deep down into the faithfulness of God’s loving plan, that you will exchange your inadequacy for the Adequacy of Jesus’ resurrection power, and that you will be awed as you witness the fruits of the Spirit manifested in your family.”

So as you can imagine this chapter touched my heart in such a way that I had to share this with you! I know God has chosen Jeremy and I to raise this precious little boy and that He did not make a mistake. I can’t wait to watch Liam grow and learn to love his Creator.

In our weakness He is strong!


Visit from Aunt Jacque!

heathervalerieThis last weekend Liam got to meet one of his many aunts and uncles for the first time!  Aunt Jacque and Uncle Andrew came down from Montana to meet their new nephew and we had a blast.  They are both SO good with Liam.  Uncle Andrew managed to get plenty of smiles from Liam too! This was Andrew’s first time to visit Nashville so of course we had to take him to the Opryland Hotel and Opry Mills! We went to Opry Mills first and Andrew manned the stroller while Jacque and I had some good quality girl bonding shopping time.  Andrew was such a good sport – especially since Jeremy was out of town. Then we met up with my college friends Heather and Valerie for some more girl bonding time.  This was also their first time meeting Liam.  It’s always a breath of fresh air to see these two ladies!  We headed over to the hotel and walked around for a bit and grabbed a bite to eat at a Pizzaria in the Delta conservatory.  While we were at the hotel there was a severe thunderstorm with tornado warnings near our house so I was glad to have spent the day somewhere else.

Andrew is studying to be a history professor so I thought it would be a good idea to show him some Civil War history while he was in the heart of the South. Andrew served as a Marine in Iraq for 9 months so needless to say this was very interesting for him. On Monday we went to the Carnton Mansion in Franklin. It was used as a hospital during the Battle of Franklin. You can learn more about it at www.carnton.org. carntonIt was such a beautiful day to explore the grounds and enjoy the weather. I wore Liam in the Baby Bjorn as we took a tour through the mansion and he slept through the majority of it!  He seems to do pretty well in the Bjorn considering the weight of his brace.  I tried to take the weight off periodically by lifting his feet.  One more month and he will only have to wear it at night and during naps – I’m counting down the days!  Anyway, after the tour we came back home and Jacque made shrimp pasta with spinach – it was divine. It’s always nice to have a break from cooking!

Jeremy came home that evening and we ended the day with some “Jacktion” watching 24;).  I had a great time with my dear sister and brother-in-law and look forward to seeing them again soon!

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