My BABY turned 2 years old today!
When Liam was placed in my arms two years ago, I knew as soon as his
eyes met mine that he wasn't the child I was expecting. I remember the
way my heart dropped and I remember the despair that filled my entire
body. I was so focused on what I THOUGHT I knew about Down syndrome that
I didn't even realize the amazing blessing I was given.
I can still
vividly remember the moment our eyes met. I see those eyes every single
time I close my own eyes at night. I
imagine that moment will remain with me forever. The only difference is
that now when I think back, that moment is completely beautiful.
not a mistake. He is not imperfect. He is one of the most beautiful
human beings I've ever met. I never understood how parents who had a
child with special needs could say it was the best thing that ever
happened to them. The thing is, you truly can't understand it until you
live it. Liam made my life infinitely better. He is pure love and pure
joy and it is an HONOR to be his mother. Sometimes the most unexpected
things are EXACTLY what is needed.
Liam had a GREAT 2nd Birthday!
It all began when he woke up and was greeted by his adoring fans (AKA his mom, his siblings, and his cousin) and a room filled with balloons!
He immediately headed for his highchair and got ready for special birthday breakfast!
At first, he wasn't too sure about the doughnut "cake" and birthday song.
He quickly changed his mind!
Surprisingly, Liam vetoed the doughnut and opted for his banana instead!
I was a mean mom on this birthday morning. Liam had his 2 year well exam scheduled, and that was immediately followed by an hour of speech therapy!
I didn't get a chance to take a picture at Liam's appointment, because they moved at an unusually fast pace today! He had a great visit. He was 22 lbs and 32 inches, which put him on the growth chart for the very first time. It was the 1st percentile, but hey, we'll celebrate it!!! His doctor joked that he's officially the size of a 1 year old now!
Other than that, he's 100% healthy and he met every developmental milestone that needed to be reached by a "typical" child by age 2! This kid amazes us!
Back at home, he had one of his best speech therapy sessions to date. His therapist had him repeating almost every word she said, and he said "Tiger Roar Roar" which is pretty much his first sentence ever! Starting speech therapy at 14 months was one of the best decisions we ever made for him!
After Ms. Shannon left, Liam had his favorite lunch: Macaroni and Cheese and orange slices. Of course, it was immediately followed by a blowout, which required a bath. At 1:58 PM, right after he got dried off and diapered, he officially became a 2 year old!
Liam's personality was shining bright today, so we had a super quick photoshoot after his bath! My sweet, beautiful boy turns me into a puddle of mush! (More pictures to come!)
After some playtime outside, it was time for a nap!
He slept for several hours, and woke up ready for his pasta dinner! Dinner was immediately followed by his mini birthday party!
There was a delicious little cake which was lovingly made by his Nina!
Liam's all about the cake...
He got to cuddle with his Nina and Papa.
Finally, came the presents. He just wasn't as interested in opening his gifts as he was at his birthday party. Apparently he just wanted to run! Although he wasn't impressed by the money for clothes from his Nina and Papa, he did decide he loved the Mickey Mouse book they gave him!
Lily tried so hard to get him to open the present from her, but he just wouldn't cooperate. He did think the mirror on the flashcard book she gave him was awesome!
Liam loved the chewy ark from Lexie!
He got a car from Dylan!
Although he still wouldn't settle down enough to open his own gifts, he really liked his gift from mommy and daddy! I had a feeling he would!
Our mini celebration came to an end, and my parents headed home. We had such a special day with our TWO year old!
Happy 2nd Birthday, sweet Liam. You light up the world and you are loved beyond measure!
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