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Saturday, July 28, 2012

11 Months Old!

Liam sure has been busy! This little guy has managed to swim in both the Atlantic and the Pacific ocean within six months. I think that's pretty cool. He also swam in Indian Lake, crawled in front of where George Washington once lived, and touched a dinosaur bone at the American Museum of Natural History. This kid isn't even a year old, and has already done and seen so much.

Stat wise he is still 30 inches, his head is about 20in around, and he weighs 23lbs. He is eating more people food, less formula and we are slowly introducing almond milk to him.

He is doing amazing. Toddling around, walking and communicating more effectively with us. He now points, and learned to say the "Guh" sound. He also says "Duh Duh" for dog, "At" for cat, and thank you. We haven't gotten him yet to get better with his fine motor skills, but I'm so thrilled with all of the changes he's making and all of the wondrous growing he's been doing...that I'm ecstatic. He also, cut his fifth tooth!

We are though, on our fifth ear infection. So next week we are off to the Ears Nose and Throat Pediatric Specialist to decide the route for the ear tubes. His ears aren't draining properly and my poor child has had so many ear infections, it is unbelievable. This current one he is fighting is from May! Yes, May. 5 rounds of antibiotics with 10 days each of them...and my poor needs to be pumped full of probiotics.

I haven't heard back yet about the DDD referral. So he hasn't started his speech or OT or PT yet. But he will soon. I'm thinking about putting him in ISR swim lessons, to teach him how to float and breathe in water in the event that he was to fall in. I want him to be prepared, as well as myself. I'm hoping if we can get him in for the swim lessons it'll help him on his bad muscle days.

We have three weeks until his first birthday! I'd started preparing and am sending out his invitations on Monday! I handmade them and they are super cute!

Until next time, when I can get a picture update. (When I pick them up from Walmart)... that is the life of a Leebug.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

T-O-D-D-L-E-R

My baby is officially a toddler.
He toddles.
He walks, he climbs, he beats odds every minute of the day.

I am constantly amazed by him and the things he does. I have been slacking on his massages 3 times a day, and only do it twice, and sometimes once, and even then he does well. It's a lot for me to handle when I have a busy day, and he won't sit down anymore for his massages. At night it's easier, because he'll drink a bottle, but in the morning he's so excited to be awake and stuff - he just runs around.

But if I don't massage or stretch him, he has a bad muscle day. He will walk funny, fall constantly, and just have a few issues. The day's I do them, he walks almost perfect.

We had an appt with a neurosurgeon the other day, and since his brain is growing with his skull, and we won't do another MRI for another 7 months, we do not feel the need to put him in a helmet. His neurologist doesn't even want to see him until October, which is great. We just will keep doing what we are doing!

His referral for DDD for OT/PT and speech has yet to go through. Normally, I'd be picky and pushy and make it got through asap, but we're NYC bound next week and so until we're back, I don't mind. He is also getting a swallow study when he gets back. We are going to be investigating further his swallowing since he spits things out and chokes a lot. It's scary when he eats! But I'm hoping with speech therapy things will be easier for him. And when things are easier for Liam, it's easier for me too.

His referral for DDD takes a burden off of my shoulders. It means that we no longer pay out of pocket for his therapies, which is great considering we never have that money. It's bad enough that we have to pay so much for all the other medical things, but it's definitely a relief for everything else to be handled!

I am grateful that we have state programs for children with special needs. Because a year ago I never forsaw us needing one. It's funny, how much can change in a year. Imagine where we will be next year?

I get this image of Liam flying at that point, but it could very well go the other way too. But, prayers and positive thoughts will help us!

And that is the life of a leebug, wish us luck for our cross country trip!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Busy Life

Life has been busy with a ten month old. We're overwhelmed by the time and energy this crazy boy takes!!!

Liam is doing amazing. he started to walk recently, and he does this cute shuffle like crazy across the floor, and has a personality that is just the sweetest and most ornery...ever.

Let's see..his tricks. He blows kisses, he knows where his head is, he loves to feed the dog. He knows how to fill up a cup of water, adores playing the piano, and will dance to absolutely any kind of beat. He hasn't bee sleeping well but makes up for it with his little quirks and the silly things he does.

He is going back into therapy for some weakness we're seeing. But besides an appt with a neurosurgeon to look at the shape of his head, and the eye doctor, he's doctor free for a month! Unless his ear infection doesn't clear up. (Which 3 medications have yet been able to get rid of it so far).  We're looking forward to taking Liam back home to see family and enjoy a week of his first summer!

He is 22lbs and 30 inches tall. With four teeth and a gorgeous smile!!











I can't believe he's going to be eleven months old soon. My heart is swelling with joy for this little boy! Tonight, I worked on his birthday invitations and I am excited!!! His first birthday is going to be a hard and long day for us, but the biggest milestone for all three of us!