I'm desperately trying to complete my 365 Project before the year is over! I love the fact that I have pictures of each of my children every single day of their lives this year. The amount of pictures can be overwhelming at times, but I love looking back to see what we did!
Typical day, followed by dinner at Amber's house.
Lily, Liam, and I walked with Amber in the morning, and Jocie stopped by to visit in the afternoon. Lexie lost her first top tooth that night, and it left behind a root. Thank goodness it fell off overnight!
Stayed home all day!
I went to Lexie's school to have lunch with her and take her to the book fair. We spent the afternoon and evening at my parent's house.
Our family participated in our first ever Dash for Down Syndrome. This is going to be an annual event for us, and we can't wait to put together a big team for Liam next year! That evening, Dylan slept at Jack's house.
We spent the day visiting Grant's mom and Nannie.
Walked with Amber in the morning, and Lily squeezed a caterpillar and got the guts in her eye, which infected it...really disgusting! I had a contact parent meeting that afternoon.
We walked with Amber in the morning.
A free day! Stayed home all day!
Lexie's tooth fell out in the middle of the night while she was sleeping! Luckily, we found it in her bed! The kids had a pre-scheduled 2 hour delay, we had a big meeting with Early Intervention at our house for a complete evaluation of Liam, and that afternoon, Liam had a weight check.
Visited my parents that afternoon, went to Costco with my mom and the babies, and had dinner with my parents.
We had a fun afternoon at the pumpkin patch! That evening, we went to Jocie's house for a party.
We had a lazy Sunday at home. Grant's mom and brother stopped over to visit and watch the game.
No school for Dylan and Lexie! That afternoon, we had a playdate at Soergel's Orchards with some moms and kids from a local DS facebook group I belong to. It was nice connecting to moms in my area that have children with DS! From there, we went to the dentist for Dylan and Lexie's exams and cleanings.
That morning, we walked with Amber.
Woke up to great news that my blog post on What To Expect's website was featured on AOL's home page. Went to Dylan's school to take him to the book fair. Had Liam's first appointment at the Down Syndrome Clinic...which landed us in the hospital for his lack of weight gain! We rushed home to pack things for everybody in the family. My dad took Dylan, Lexie, and Lily to his house and Grant, Liam, and I headed to the hospital to be admitted.
Spent the entire day in the hospital. Lots of tests and consults. Liam was taken to the OR that afternoon for a scope. It was the first time one of our children had to be put under anesthesia, and it was so scary for us. We were so grateful for Amber's company and support while we were there, and for the distraction of my friend, Steph, having her baby. Sweet Violet arrived on her due date! Luckily, everything went smoothly, but he had to spend another night at the hospital. I didn't get to see Dylan, Lexie, and Lily at all that day. Looking back at this picture, 2 months later, brings back all the feelings of that day, and the immense relief I felt when I saw him after he got out of the OR.
Most of the day was spent in the hospital, with more consults and testing. They released Liam that night. We stopped at the pharmacy, then had dinner out with Grant's family before returning home to our very eager kids! They missed us so much!
We celebrated Logan's birthday with a party at Chuck E Cheese!
We went to Nannie's house for a visit that afternoon. We stopped at the cemetery on the way home, to visit Grant's dad's grave.
Took Liam for a weight check, hospital stay follow up, and 2 month appointment. Amber and her family took us to dinner at the Olive Garden.
I had to run a Halloween Party planning meeting at the library for Dylan's class.
We had a meeting at our house with the therapy group we chose to set Liam's Early Intervention goals.
We spent the day at home!
Liam had his first session with his Occupational Therapist! Within 5 minutes, she showed us a simple trick to get him to feed effectively! We visited my parents, went shopping with my mom, and had dinner at my parent's house.
Amber and I took the kids to our township's Halloween party, and Lily won the costume contest in her age division. It was so cold outside! We convinced the kids to leave early by bribing them with McDonald's! That evening we went to Amber's house for a Halloween party that Grant was co-hosting with Rex. We ended up spending the night.
I barely slept, so the girls, baby, and I left around 6 AM to go home. We went back to bed for a few hours, then spent the day at home. Grant's mom, brother, and his brother's girlfriend and son came over for the game, and we celebrated Grant's mom's birthday!
Liam had a weight check that morning. He finally reached...and passed...his birth weight! 7 lbs 12 oz!!! Afterward, we ran errands. That evening, we picked up Amber and Jack and went trick or treating at our local high school.
Liam had an OT session that morning, then we ran some errands.
Dylan's Halloween Party at school was that afternoon. That was the party I was chosen to organize and go to. It was a lot of fun! He was able to leave with me after the party, and we picked Lexie up before heading home. That night we baked cookies and carved our pumpkins!
Happy Halloween! I had a photo session/playdate with Steph that afternoon. That evening, we went trick or treating in Grant's mom's neighborhood. It was a crappy night, so we only lasted around 45 minutes!
The kids had a pre-scheduled 2 hour delay, which was really nice! After they went to school, I picked up Amber, and we went Halloween clearance shopping and stopped at Starbucks. It has become our tradition! That afternoon and evening, we went to my parent's house.
My Aunt Carol and Uncle Bill stopped by to meet Liam and drop off a bunch of baby clothes they purchased for him. It was so nice to see them! That evening, we went to Jocie's house to hang out.
We visited Grant's mom and Nannie at Nannie's house.
Took Liam to his weight check appointment, ran into Amber at the building the doctor's office is in, so she came with us to exchange some clothes at Macy's and go out to lunch. Stopped at the grocery store on the way home. That evening, my sister, Andrea, came by with Brady, Brandon, and Aubrey for a quick visit. The kids were so excited to play with their cousins while I visited with Annie!
It was a good month!