This was my Mother’s Day gift from Jeremy! I got to attend a painting class put on by a lady named April James… go to www.apriljamesart.com to learn more! She provides the materials and teaches us how to paint one of her paintings. It was lots of fun!
Liam had his first experience with solid foods and did really well! I was so proud of him. I am needing to give him an ounce of prune juice every day to help try and keep him a regular guy;). So I mixed the rice cereal with the prune juice and he seemed to like it. This bib is great too!!
Liam had been smiling a lot more this month! It’s been a lot of fun! After he was done eating he flashed a big smile, so I think he liked it… either that or he was happy to be done;)!
A friend of mine is lending me her exersaucer and Liam seems to like it. Right now he is more focused on the toys in front of him than he is bouncing and using his legs, so I don’t leave him in it for long periods of time just yet. The reason being, I’m not so sure that it would be beneficial with his low muscle tone and the growth and strength of his hips until he is a little bit stronger.
In this picture with Jeremy is the coach of the Nashville Predators, Barry Trotz. Our church had a Family Fun Night with the Predators and Barry was there playing street hockey with some of the kids. He has a little 8 year old boy who has Down syndrome so we really wanted to connect with him, especially since he is a fellow Canuck! Barry grabbed Liam right away and gave him lots of love! It was past his bedtime so his fuse was short for unfamiliar faces;).
Liam and Daddy!
I finally got Liam some sunglasses, so now he can go outside without looking down all the time because of the sun. And he LOVES books… I think he could just sit there forever and look at the pictures and listen to the words. So as you can imagine, I’m having fun reading to him!
Wendy and I finished another 5K, and beat our last time by 9 mins! This run was for the TN Baptist Children’s Home. Wendy’s daughter Lauren is holding the sign in the picture! She was part of our cheerleading team along with Jeremy and Liam.
Here is my favorite moment of the month! We had Liam dedicated at our church on the last Sunday of May. A dedication is a commitment, or covenant, we as parents make before God and our church to raise our little boy in a godly home. The church also responds and commits to help us along the way. Pastor Jeff officiated our wedding and led the dedication ceremony… such a neat moment as we make another covenant now as parents! And Liam even gave Jeff a big smile right when he told Liam that we would teach him about the Lord… great timing;)! We have chosen a life verse for Liam and were able to share it during the ceremony. It’s Psalm 139:14 – “How you made me is amazing and wonderful!”
This is Liam’s first time at the pool! We took it slow by sitting by the pool and splashing water on him then eventually ended up putting him in his floaty. He did really well! It was a warm day so we only kept him in the water for about 20 mins. When we got back home that day he slept for 3 hours! Guess we need to go to the pool more often!
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!
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!