Prior to having Liam, I couldn't understand why parents who had children with Down syndrome used the term "The Lucky Few."
I understand now. It's just something that you can't possibly understand until you live it. I completely agree with that sentiment and I wouldn't change a single thing!
Two years flew by with our sweet little blessing in our lives. He filled the past two years with joy and love, and made us a better family. And despite me being in denial, Liam turned 2 on August 18th. That means the monthly posts are over!
Liam can't answer the yearly interview questions that I ask my older kids, so I'm going to share a few facts about him. Liam is simply beautiful inside and out!
Stats: 22.6 lbs and 32 inches
Liam is a tiny kid. At his 2 year well exam, his stats put him at the average size for a typical one year old boy. I say he's tiny but mighty!
Liam has tiny "starfish" hands which I adore, and tiny feet. He just grew into a size 3 shoe.
Even though he's tiny, he has a HUGE appetite. This kid can put food away quickly!
Liam loves bananas and pasta. He could easily eat those two things every single day and be happy!
The only thing Liam dislikes is having his face wiped. It's apparently torture.
Liam has 16 teeth, including his 2 year molars. 4 teeth still haven't come in yet. It's common for children who have Down syndrome to teethe in a different pattern or have missing baby teeth.
Liam does not have any health issues whatsoever. His thyroid is normal, his heart is healthy, his hearing is normal, and his vision is perfect so far. He doesn't have any health conditions associated with Down syndrome other than being small.
Liam doesn't get sick often, which is surprising, but when he does, he gets really sick really fast. It usually involves breathing treatments. Thankfully that's only once or twice a year!
Liam receives Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy in our home. Each session is once a week for one hour. When he turns 3, he will switch to preschool-based therapy.
Liam loves being the center of attention and he loves to make people laugh. He makes the funniest faces, waits for a reaction, then starts giggling!
Liam isn't non-verbal. That was one of my biggest fears, and it was evident early on that he was, indeed, very vocal! At the age of 2, he has a handful of words that he uses regularly. His only sentence so far is "Hey, guys" (which I think is cute and funny!), but he's making great progress with his speech!
Liam has a high pain tolerance. When he gets hurt, he bounces back after just a few seconds of crying.
Liam LOVES to dance and loves music. He starts dancing as soon as he hears a beat!
Liam loves to clap, too! He claps after he does something good, claps after he falls down, and loves it when other people join in!
Liam loves looking at books, playing at the library, playing at the park, playing outside, swinging, splashing in his water table, and taking baths.
Liam can communicate well without even saying a word. He's very in tune with feelings and emotions and makes great eye contact. He can express himself so well without the use of many words!
Liam RARELY cries. So when he does, you know something is wrong!
Liam still has such a cute "Frankenstein" walk, and he is always waving hi or bye as he enters or leaves a room. He loves to announce his presence!
Liam is very social. He loves playing with other kids and always walks up to them with a big smile on his face, touches their shoulder, and looks them in the eyes.
Liam is very affectionate and cuddly. When you pick him up, he wraps his arms around your neck, melts into your body, and usually turns his head to give you a big, wet kiss on the cheek or chin. He hugs like no other. He is just the sweetest boy!
Liam sleeps extremely well. He has since the day we brought him home from the hospital. When he wakes up, he starts singing and babbling. He greets every morning with enthusiasm!
Liam reached all of the major milestones before age 2. Now we're working on his utensil skills, jumping, kicking a ball, and, of course, speech.
Liam is extremely flexible. He will stop and bend into downward dog (or, as we like to call it, downward dude) at any given moment.
I could truly write a novel about all the things that make Liam so special, but I'll just end it with this picture. It sums up his personality perfectly! I love my sweet boy more than words could ever say!
Two isn't so terrible! My sweet Liam spreads love and joy wherever he goes, and is working to change all those misconceptions, one giant smile at time!
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