Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Starting solids!

Today was a very exciting day for Liam, he was given the green light to start solids!  We gave him his first taste of rice cereal tonight.  We took many pictures and video taped the event.  Enjoy the video, big brother Noah was the most excited.

At the dietician today he weighed in at 10lbs 9oz.  Yay!  He still isn't on the charts but he is moving in the right direction.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Noah's Preschool Graduation

Well, here we are saying goodbye to our last year at Noah's preschool. Noah is really growing up. 

His graduation program was very cute.  They sang all of the songs they learned all year, Noah's favorite is "Scarecrow, Scarecrow".  The teachers gave out little diplomas and all the graduates wore graduation caps.  It was such a nice event and I was lucky that Liam cooperated the whole time.

Check out my little graduate!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mothers Day 2012

Happy Mothers Day to all the ladies out there!

This was my first Mothers Day as a mom of 2.  My boys were very good to me this year and made my day very special.  I woke up to a delicious Starbucks frapp and then we decided to go out for brunch.  Yummy.

I've mentioned to Clint quite a few times that I want a mom necklace with the boys names on them.  I sent him a few that I liked off of Etsy and was very pleasantly surprised when I opened this beauty up!

I loooooove this necklace!  It's from Etsy and this is the seller.

I had a great day and I hope all the mommy's out there had a great one as well!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Father of the Year 2012- Nola Baby

I've been reading the Nola baby magazine ever since I've became a mom in 2008.  I always look forward to the yearly "Mom/Dad of the Year" and the "Best doctors" articles.

I'm a fan on Facebook and I saw that they were taking nominations for their annual Mom/Dad of the year.  I knew I wanted to send in a submission for Clint but I just couldn't get all the words down.  Well...then I waited until the last possible second and finally submitted it around 1AM Easter Sunday. 

I was so excited when I got the call that Clint was Nola Baby Dad of the Year!  I didn't tell him I nominated him so when I was told I needed to get a picture of him and the boys for the magazine I started to scramble.  I honestly didn't have a picture yet of just them three.  I called the photographer who did Liam's newborn pictures and she was able to meet us the next day to take a shot for the magazine.  I then called Clint and told him to clear his schedule around lunch the next day and told him that he was selected as Dad of the Year and I could tell he was really excited!

I've mentioned before how patient Jen Amato is and such a delight to work with.  She managed to get a great picture of my guys despite Noah was a pain that day to work with.  Funny quotes from Noah that day: "I can't open my eyes!  I just can't! They won't open" or "I can't smile, I don't know how".  Zoinks!  I was happy Jen was patient and got a great shot because I was close to losing it.  Eek!

The article was in their May/June magazine.  Please check out the article here.  I'm so proud of Clint!

Friday, May 4, 2012

March of Dimes 2012

Last Saturday was our first March For Babies walk.  The March of Dimes is such a great organization and I fully support any research that is in favor of preemies!  Once I became a micropreemie mommy I knew it was something I wanted to get involved in.

I'm happy to say that our "Leaping Liam" raised a total of an amazing $1,720!  How awesome is that?  The support I received from family and friends is quite incredible!  I also had fantastic friends that help raise money as well.  Liam is so fortunate to have his family and many friends supporting him!

The day of the walk was quite pleasant and it wasn't scorching hot.  The venue had lots of things for the kiddos to do including having Hugo from the Hornets there.  They also had a space walk and an egg hunt for the kids.

I was so happy to see many staff members from EJ.  I saw the L&D nurse who prepped me for my C section and she was also my nurse when I was in labor for Noah.  I went up to her and began to explain to her who I was and told her about Liam.  It was so sweet, she started crying. She was so incredibly sincere.  I had Liam there with me and the nurse from my high risk doctor was also there. It was a great reconnect.

Liam also saw 2 of his NICU nurses!  It's weird, when you are in the NICU you can't WAIT to get out but once you see any of the staff from the NICU you get so excited and get a sense of relief just by seeing them.  I was so happy to see them and loved showing Liam off.  He has come a very long way from 15 ounces!

The day was such a day of celebration of Liam and I can't wait to do this again!  Thank you to all who donated and especially those who came out in support of Liam, it means the world to us.  It truly does.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Liam's NICU Journey

I've been trying to find unique ways to document Liam's NICU journey for him to see as he gets older.  If he is anything like his mommy and big brother, he will love looking at old photos of himself and his family.  I have plans to make an NICU photo book.  I've actually found a site where you can take Facebook photos and create an album...with all of the comments!  How cool is that? It will be a great way to show Liam how people all over were rooting him on every step of the way.

I most recently made a video of Liam's NICU journey.  I put a lot of thought into it between the song choices and narrowing down my millions of pics.  Just a warning, it's 12 minutes long! Enjoy!