Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas 2013

I love Christmas. This year was no exception. Even though I was 8 months pregnant, it was so magical and exciting. Liam completely understood the magic of Christmas, and was eagerly waiting for Santa. This was also the first year that Santa's elf "Star" visited our home to check on Liam's behavior. I will admit that Star did not make it to the North Pole nightly, and found a spot in the house that he liked to stay for a few days at a time. We told Liam it was because he was so well behaved, that Star did not need to go report to Santa. Liam was already of the "nice list". It's pretty cute that although I'm writing this in January, Liam still talks about "not getting presents from Santa" if you make "bad choices". Let's hope this continues through 2014. It's pretty cute.

We had so much fun shopping for Liam, as this was the first year he had a list of items he wanted. What made this year so much fun and relaxing was that since I was pregnant, I didn't wait until the last minute to shop or wrap presents! I felt like I could really enjoy the little moments. This was also the first time in 8 years, that I took the whole week of Christmas off. It was wonderful, and I will cherish all the time I got with my boy. We got to play, laugh, bake Christmas cookies, and just slow down. We talked about Jesus and his birthday, and read lots and lots of books. It was awesome, and just made the Holiday season that much better.

We spent Christmas Eve at Matt's Aunt and Uncle's house. My mom and Matt's parents stayed the night at our house, and after we opened presents we went to Matt's sisters house for breakfast. We let Liam sleep in our bed on Christmas Eve since we had guests. I was up at 6:00am so excited for him to wake up. He didn't get up until almost 7:15am and it was killing me! I think I was more excited than him. His first words when he saw all of his presents and family was "What the heck?" I don't know where that came from? I think he was so shocked, he didn't know what to say. It's a memory I won't forget, and our last Christmas as a family of 3!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Liam at Age 3

I could write a book about this boy. Not sure anyone would read it, except Matt and I, but I want to record who he is, at this moment:

Liam has such a sweet spirit. He is a people pleaser, and doesn't like conflict. He has recently started to assert himself, but in general is very sweet, quiet, kind hearted, always willing to share, and happy. He is very shy in new situations and verbalizes it. In fact, on the way to his birthday he stated "mommy, I'm going to be shy at my birthday, okay?" He has an extensive vocabulary, and his comprehension skills amaze me. Matt and I can no longer have any adult discussions around him. He hears EVERYTHING! Even when we think he is not listening. He will usually ask "What are you guys talking about?" He likes to be included in everything.

Recently if he gets in trouble, or we need to correct his behavior he will say "Mommy, your making me sad. You're going to make me cry". If he is angry he is great a verbalizing it, by saying "I'm grouchy at you." or "I'm frustrated at you".

His passions are Jets, Planes, and Race cars. He plays with them all day. His favorite outing is the airport. He recently saw the movie Planes, and is obsessed with all things Dusty Crophopper, Ripslinger, and Bravo.

He is so sweet when he wakes up in the morning. He is always so happy that it's a new day. Even when he wakes up at 5:30am occasionally, you can never be mad, because he is so happy about life! He comes in asking what the plan is for the day. One of my new favorite things Liam says when I get home from work is "Mommy, how was your day at work?" He is genuinely interested.

I love hearing him make different voices while playing with his toys. It's so special to see his little imagination go wild.

He sleeps in his bed all night by himself. Well, really not by himself. Our dog LuLu sleeps on his bed (sometimes under the covers) every night. He will not go to bed without her. He calls her his "best friend" and "sweetie girl". It's precious. They really are best friends. I have to change the sheets often, but it's worth it.

Liam loves to read. He really will read anything, but prefers airplane or automobile books. Recently his favorite has been a Santa Claus book since we are getting near the Holidays. He completely understands this year about Santa, and is so excited for him to come. We also talk about that it's Jesus' birthday.

I got the sweetest note from one of Liam's teachers at school. She said that Liam was sitting in a corner reading a book. He had his hands crossed, and his eyes closed. She noticed that his mouth was moving, but he was whispering. She asked him what he was doing, and he said "Praying to Jesus". That melted my heart. He has lots of questions about God, Jesus, and Heaven. I try to answer them as simply as possible, but he is a thinker, and wants an explanation for everything. How do you explain to a 3 year old why we can't visit Jesus in Heaven?

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Liam's 3rd Birthday

My baby is 3! What? How did this happen. I know every mother says it every year, but seriously, it's going too fast. I woke up very sad on Liam's birthday. He is such a joy, and it's a hard feeling to describe watching your children grow and wanting them to thrive, but also feeling selfish and wanting to keep them small forever.

Here is Liam from birth to his 3rd birthday.

 See what I mean? He is a boy! Not an infant, baby, or a toddler, but a little boy! I'm so thankful to be 25 weeks pregnant and able to do this all over again. Liam has been such a joy to us, and there is nothing better than being this boy's mom.

We had Liam's party at the bowling alley. It was pure chaos!! We had 14 kids come. Liam had fun the first hour, but then wanted to go home and play with his presents.


Happy Birthday Liam! I can only describe you in one word. Perfect. We had a fun day! We are so proud of you, sweet boy!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

First Time at The Movies!

We went to the movies for the first time to see planes! Liam loved it! He sat through the entire movie, and cried when it was over. He's been talking about going back all day today, and I think I've told him 1678940 stories about "Dusty Crophopper" and "Ripslinger".

It was so fun experiencing his first time at the movie theatre. Definitely a moment Matt and I won't forget.

Monday, April 15, 2013

1st Day of Preschool

My precious boy,

Today I dropped you off at preschool for the very 1st time. You looked so big out on the playground with the other kids. You were so excited to go this morning, and didn't even shed a tear while giving me a big hug, and kiss. You said "I will wait for you at home mommy". My heart broke, and swelled with pride at the same time. Everything has been so easy with you. You are a dream. Our dream come true. The tear less face didn't last for long, as I turned around to get one last glance at you before leaving, tears were streaming down your face, as you called out "mommy!". You didn't run to me though, just stood there watching as I left. I was crying too, and it was so hard to walk away. I knew if I came back, the 2nd goodbye would be twice as hard. It took everything in me, praying so hard that your teacher would notice you, and pick you up for a snuggle and reassurance. I peered through the window, my eyes wet, and watched as my prayer was answered. Your teacher found you almost instantly, picked you up and gave you a big hug. You stopped crying. I did too. You held her hand and followed her everywhere. You went to the garden which I'm sure you were looking for "ladybugs". I watched in amazement that you my son, are mine. I said a silent prayer of gratitude that I have been given the gift to raise you and watch you grow. You are so loved Liam. We are so proud of you, and what a sweet spirit you possess.

As I walked to my car, I reflected on bringing you home for the hospital. I can't believe the time has come for this milestone. It's all gone too fast, and I worry that I haven't embedded every memory of you into my mind. I know that today, my love, will never leave my memory. Your bright blue eyes, filled with excitement, nervousness, and hesitation. I will remember those eyes forever. You are so cherished my sweet boy. We love you.