In the last couple of weeks or so, Liam seems to really be ‘growing up,’ so to speak. Family members have noticed that he seems older, his physical therapist has been really impressed with his strength and willingness to work hard, and of course, daddy and I have noticed some specific changes too. He actually crawled for the first time recently, but he has decided that he prefers walking and so doesn’t crawl very often 😛
Just within the last two weeks, Liam has started having some separation anxiety when either Daddy or I am gone. He gets so upset when one of us leaves the room now, and whenever we arrive at a babysitter’s house to pick him up for the day, his smile lights up the room! I am excited to see that he’s becoming more observant about who he knows best, and of course it feels great to feel so loved, but I hope it doesn’t make it harder for his babysitters (his grandparents)! Another thing he started in the last few days is drinking from a straw! That has been a big struggle for me to get him to understand how it works. Our daughter picked it up really quickly before she was one, but Liam has shown only disdain for this strange thing called a straw that isn’t as comforting as a bottle. But he figured it out, and that will make things easier on us while we’re out and about for sure! He’s also gotten better at feeding himself little snacks like crackers, and is finally starting to drop food on the floor less and less. He still drops it, but now it’s usually after he’s at least taken a bite, so that’s progress 😉
Yesterday he woke up from his nap and, as I watched on the video monitor, pushed up into sitting and pulled right up into standing in his crib. Another new and exciting thing for him, but it might cause problems when he’s supposed to be going to sleep! He’s also shown more interest in wanting to play with Nell lately and laughing at the funny things she says, and now he’s grown quite fond of our cat, Yoshi. Yoshi is really good with little ones, and Liam has suddenly noticed that she exists and tries to pet her any time she comes near. She loves to walk circles around him and make him laugh while he tries to pet her and “catch” her tail (so far she doesn’t mind, since he’s really good at being gentle).
Anyway, I am really proud of him lately, because I feel like he’s showing a lot of progress all at once in different ways. He’ll be 18 months old on May 1st, and I think he’s doing a great job of working hard and growing up. Part of me is sad, as always in this situation, since my baby is changing and growing and will never be the little baby that he used to be 😦 But I am mainly excited to see him learn with each new skill he acquires!
We also had a great Easter last weekend with family and meals and egg hunts. Liam was able to hunt for his first Easter eggs this year! He was more interested in dropping them for fun than seeing what was inside 🙂
Next weekend we will go to San Antonio with some other family members to participate in the Starfish Dash, which will raise funds for research about Chromosome 18 abnormalities. We’re excited to meet some other families like us and to help support this great organization. Stay tuned for pics from that, and if you would like to donate to the cause, click here! We would so appreciate anything you could give. ‘Til next time!