Liam's 13th Month
It's so hard to believe that our little boy is a
year old already! It just doesn't seem possible. He loved making a
mess with his frog birthday cake, squishing it between his fingers.
It took spoon-feeding him some for him to realize that he could eat
it. Once he got a taste of it, he went to town on it. In fact, he
got rather angry when we tried to move the cake out of his reach so
he couldn't make more of a mess.
Mom, Liam and Rachael took a trip to PA in early May
for Great-Grandpa's 90th birthday. This was Liam's first time
meeting Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa. Liam did great on the
6-hour car ride, and didn't do too badly sleeping in a strange
place, either. Just like Rachael, he loved getting wet in the
fountain in Grandma and Grandpa's back yard.
Liam is walking everywhere these days, but is still
trying to get used to wearing shoes. He also loves to climb. Rachael
has taken to pulling all the cushions off the sofas, making a
mountain in the middle of the floor and going climbing, and of
course Liam attempts to follow her every move.
The 8th tooth made it's appearance on May 23rd,
finally giving Liam a symmetrical grin.
Feeding Liam has become especially challenging this
month. We discovered shortly before his birthday that he is allergic
to cow's milk, breaking out into hives any where the milk touches
his skin. The same thing happened when he ate some baby cheese
puffs. Blood tests confirmed the milk allergy and also showed
allergies to eggs, peanuts, wheat, and chocolate. He will have to go
through the whole range of skin tests in June to determine the
extent of the allergies. He is eating table food these days, and his
favorites seem to be bananas, Gerber meat sticks, and still
Cheerios. He also seems to be a fan of broccoli!
Liam is getting more and more personality these
days, but doesn't seem too interested in increasing his vocabulary.
He follows directions very well, though. His favorite toy right how
is a stuffed frog that is dressed like the Easter bunny. He carries
it around by the ears, rubbing them on his nose.
Liam's 14th Month
Well, Kay and Terry have officially ended their
tour of keeping Rachael and Liam (sniff, sniff). For the summer,
two teenagers, Kelsey and Noel, will babysit them while Mom
After the blood tests last month that showed
Liam having allergies to peanuts, milk, eggs, wheat, corn and
chocolate, he went to an allergist for further tests. He had the
skin test done, and those tests eliminated the wheat, corn, and
chocolate allergies, but still showed likelihood of reactions to
peanuts, milk, and eggs. He went through a food challenge for
the eggs and passed, so he is clear to eat eggs. He will go back
for a milk challenge in August, but won’t be tested again for
peanuts until he is four years old.
Liam's 15th Month
Liam's 16th Month
Mom, Rachael, and Liam took a trip to PA this
month and got to spend some time with Aunt Robinne and cousins
Lochlan and Liadan, who were visiting from New Zealand. They all
enjoyed playing in a plastic kiddie pool on Grandma and
Grandpa’s back patio. This was the third time Rachael had gotten
to see her cousins, but only the first for Liam (they had
already moved to New Zealand by the time he was born.)
Liam went to the allergist this month for his
milk food challenge. The fact that he doesn’t like drinking milk
made the challenge quite interesting. We were able to get some
milk into his mouth—enough to see that when he dribbled it out
of his mouth, that it caused hives on his chin. So we went to
cheese to try to determine if the reaction was simply a skin
reaction or if there was internal allergies, too. He was only
allowed a tiny piece of cheese every 15 minutes, so after an
hour, he was very hungry and very grumpy. At that point, no
reaction had been seen, so the allergist let us go home to
finish the challenge. After all was said and done, Liam never
reacted to the cheese, so we have determined that the milk
allergy is just a skin reaction.
Liam's 17th Month
Liam started going to a new babysitter this
month, and he absolutely adores her (so does Mom). We didn’t
think we’d ever find someone as wonderful as Kay and Terry, but
Miss Fran ranks right up there with them. She keeps three other
kids who are all Liam’s age, so Liam has made some new friends,
which probably also helps keep him from missing Rachael too much
now that she is in school full time. The first day Mom dropped
him off, he simply went right off to play, never even looked
back. Not all days have gone that easily, but once he gets into
the play room, he is as happy as a clam. He has also officially
given up his morning nap.
Liam's 18th Month
Mom made Liam a jester costume for Halloween,
and it fits Liam’s personality perfectly. He went to the
Halloween party at church and had a great time with the ring and
bean bag toss games.
Liam's 19th Month
What an adventure we all had this month—we flew
to Louisiana for Thanksgiving! This was Liam’s first time
flying, and he flew as a lap passenger (on Mom’s lap). He did
amazingly well, considering all the wait time we had in the
airports. On both flights, he actually fell asleep as we were
taking off, and slept for about half of both flights. The only
time he got hard to handle was waiting in the New Orleans
airport for our flight home. He was tired and pitched a
flat-on-the-floor fit until he was just about asleep. He had a
great time visiting Grandma Mel and Pop Pop
Liam's 20th Month
Liam has a great time pulling ornaments and
tinsel off the Christmas tree. He still didn’t quite get into
the concept of unwrapping gifts, but he did enjoy playing with
the toys Santa brought, especially a big plastic dump truck that
he likes pushing from the living room to the family room.
Grandma and Grandpa came and enjoyed Christmas with us.
Liam's 21st Month
Big news this month—Daddy is being
transferred—to New Jersey! He will move in early February and
Mom, Rachael, and Liam will hopefully join him over Spring Break
in March. The whole family came down with the flu this month,
but Liam seemed to suffer the least, maybe because he was put on
good drugs the quickest.
Liam's 22nd Month
Daddy moved to New Jersey early this month. Mom
went with him the first weekend and they found a house. It has a
nice flat driveway for playing outside and a basement that will
be good for playing inside.
Liam's 23rd Month
Liam said goodbye to Miss Fran and his friends
(Rachel, Jackson, Ella, Avery) from her house, and we moved to
New Jersey during Spring Break. He is really too young to
understand just what’s happening, but so far he has done pretty
well. He was a little confused the day he came home and
discovered that the movers had packed up all of our stuff, and
he wasn’t too crazy about having to sleep in the pack-n-play in
a hotel for a few nights. But at least the Easter Bunny found us
in the hotel. We also found out this month the Liam is going to
have a baby sister this summer.
Liam's 24th Month
Liam really hasn’t seemed to have been phased at
all by our move. He’s moved from the crib to a big-boy bed and
is getting ready to celebrate his 2nd birthday. He got his first
really good haircut, and actually looks like a little boy now.
He is quite taken with our new neighbor, 4-year-old Isabelle.
Each morning at the bus stop, they run toward each other with
outstretched arms (all that’s needed is the romantic music and
the sound of waves crashing on the beach). He has also made
friends with another little boy, Sean, at the other end of the
street. They each bring toys to the bus stop and fight over
sharing them. Mom and Liam took a day trip to New York to visit
Maw-Maw and Pots, and Liam made himself right at home with
Travis’ trucks and cars. He also fell in love with Aunt Emily.
The 2nd Birthday Cake
May 10th 2008