Six Years Ago Today

Six years ago today I became a mom.  We had tried for years to get pregnant – months upon months of fertility medicines and treatments including two failed IUI’s.  And just when we were ready to take the next step towards IVF, God intervened and instead of leaving my specialist’s office after a “trigger” shot, I was blubbering to Jeff on the cell phone in a parking garage… WE’RE PREGNANT!  I’d like to say it was an easy pregnancy, but it was everything but that; through it all, however, Liam stayed healthy and refused to budge.  Following a month on bedrest my doctor finally induced me.  Pitocin started around 6AM.  Liam didn’t budge.  My water broke at 1:30PM.  Liam didn’t budge.  We should have known then that he was already showing signs of his stubborness!  Due to some other complications, Liam was quickly evicted – by force – and made his grand debut on February 24, 2009.

This is where I would post pictures of him as a newborn in the hospital – held and cherished by his parents and both sets of grandparents.  I would also throw in some beautiful pictures takenwhen he was just ten days old.  However (like with practically everything else) our external back up drive that has all of those pictures saved digitally is located 1-1/2 hours away in storage.  (Sadly, much of our stuff is still sitting in storage following our move last March.  I will be one happy lady when our shop/storage building gets completed so we can begin bringing our stuff here to Skiatook.)  So without those precious newborn images here on this laptop, I’ve gathered up a smattering of pics I’ll call “The Many Faces of Liam”.  You’ll have to wait though!  First, I’ll tell you about today!!!

Today probably couldn’t have gotten any more perfect in Liam’s opinion.  You see, today was pajama day at school!  Jeff and I joined him at lunch with his favorite meal which he requested: McDonald’s pancakes and sausage.  Pajamas and pancakes… does it get any better than that?!?!  He got to wear a special birthday sticker all day long from his teacher, and at afternoon snack time his class was treated to cupcakes and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle napkins from Liam.  And don’t let me forget to mention that since he brought the snacks to school, he also got to do show-and-tell which, for Liam, is a huge deal because he gets to stand in front of his class and “entertain”!!!  I will say that Jeff and I fared a little better for dinner which was at a restaurant that did not provide toys to its customers nor was there a playground anywhere in sight.  The kids loved their pizza at Lone Star Steakhouse while their parents enjoyed not hearing “would you like fries with that” when the waitress took our order.

First birthday pic of the day - in the drop-off lane at school!

First birthday pic of the day – in the drop-off lane at school!

Daddy doesn't get to attend many events at Liam's school due to his work, so the birthday boy was THRILLED to have his daddy there for lunch.  Of course, he also loved the pancakes!

Daddy doesn’t get to attend many events at Liam’s school due to his work, so the birthday boy was THRILLED to have his daddy there for lunch. Of course, he also loved the pancakes!

Once home tonight, Liam couldn’t wait to open his birthday gifts from Mommy, Daddy and Cullen!

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All the birthday festivity fun was too much for baby brother.

All the birthday fun was too much for baby brother.

TMNT pajamas.  That glow in the dark.  <--- Mommy rocks!

TMNT pajamas. That glow in the dark.  Mommy rocks!

Sum Swamp!  A game of addition and subtraction!  (Hey, you gotta sneak learning in there somewhere!)

Sum Swamp! A game of addition and subtraction! (Hey, you gotta sneak learning in there somewhere!)

Everything is awesome!!

Everything is awesome!!

He loved the LEGO Star Wars book!

He loved the LEGO Star Wars book!

His best gift today – although he doesn’t realize it – is what we learned at the developmental optometrist’s office for his check-up.  You see he’s been wearing bifocal contacts for a little over a month to address vision problems and a lazy eye.  Before contacts, vision in his weak eye was 20/200.  The kid simply couldn’t see, and we saw the effects in multiple areas of his life from school performance to behavior.  Now he is able to see 20/60.  Our good news today was that his vision has remained the same and has not worsened since January.  The awesome news today was that the crossing of his eye has improved by 50%!!!!  Folks, this is HUGE!!!!  We’ve been seeing specialists, patching, doing drops and more since November 2013 with no improvement.  In fact, things were getting progressively worse.  We are so pleased with this new doctor we’re seeing and his progress.  We still have work to do in the immediate future – three months of patching (a different technique than we previously did) – but his optometrist is very optimistic and so are we.

As promised, here are “The Many Faces of Liam” taken over the past three years:

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Happy 6th birthday, kiddo!!  You may be stubborn, but we wouldn’t have it any other way!

Liam’s LEGO Star Wars Party

Liam will be SIX in just two days!  I can’t believe it.  He has really grown so much in the past year, and not just in height!  His little face has matured so much, especially since he’s started wearing contacts.  (We started seeing a pediatric developmental optometrist who prescribed bifocal contacts in January.  Although we will likely have to go through vision therapy soon, his vision has improved greatly with the contacts!)  On Saturday the 21st we celebrated his upcoming birthday with friends at a local gym where the kids got to run, bounce, zip line and tackle to their hearts’ content.  It was great getting to see them laugh and play together.  The best part?  They were worn out after playing hard!

 

Cake!!  It was delicious with a strawberry jam filling.

Cake!! It was delicious with a strawberry jam filling.

You can't have a LEGO Star Wars party without light sabers.  Only these are cooler.... they make bubbles!

You can’t have a LEGO Star Wars party without light sabers. Only these are cooler…. they make bubbles!

May the force be with you!

May the force be with you!

The birthday boy got to do something special.  He loved flying through the air!

The birthday boy got to do something special. He loved flying through the air!

Baby brother, Cullen, made sure Grandma Imogene got plenty of exercise too.

Baby brother, Cullen, made sure Grandma Imogene got plenty of exercise too.

Our buddy Hunter had a great time!  (We missed his baby brother Aiden though who was sick.)

Our buddy Hunter had a great time! (We missed his baby brother Aiden though who was sick.)

Nic's dad wore out the boys with a game of football.  Liam might have a future in tackling.  Following instructions.... not so much.

Nic’s dad wore out the boys with a game of football. Liam might have a future in tackling. Following instructions…. not so much.

Annie was our youngest party goer and was more content to watch the big kids act crazy.  Here she is with her sweet momma.

Annie was our youngest party goer and was more content to watch the big kids act crazy. Here she is with her sweet momma.

Moms Abby and Hannah helped the kids on the zip line.

Moms Abby and Hannah helped the kids on the zip line.

Corey, Benlee and all the kids had a blast in the inflatable obstacle course.

Corey, Benlee and all the kids had a blast in the inflatable obstacle course.

Colten stood still for approximately 2.5 seconds, long enough for me to snap this picture really quickly.

Colten stood still for approximately 2.5 seconds, long enough for me to snap this picture really quickly.

Chelsea, Colten's twin sister, was sweet enough to pose for me.

Chelsea, Colten’s twin sister, was sweet enough to pose for me.

These sweet kiddos made Liam feel so loved.

These sweet kiddos made Liam feel so loved.

Everyone waited anxiously while Jeff lit the six candles on the cake.

Everyone waited anxiously while Jeff lit the six candles on the cake.

Happy birthday, sweet boy!

Happy birthday, sweet boy!

We are quickly approaching the one year mark since we packed up our house in Arlington, Texas, and moved to Oklahoma.  There have been ups and downs for each of us, as it was a big change for everyone.  I think the move was hardest on Liam, however.  He still talks about how much he misses his friends in Texas.  At his day care, most of the kiddos had been together since they were six weeks old in the nursery.  His Sunday School class at church was the same way as most of us moms were in the same class and pregnant together.  These friends were all he knew, and learning to make new friends has been more challenging for him than we expected.  I know I’ve said it many times, but everything related to our move was a complete God thing.  Jeff and I prayed together about his job situation and when it looked like we would be relocating, we turned everything over to God and his timing.  I know He led us to this wonderful little town in northeast Oklahoma.  Most importantly, I know it was His plan for us to find our sweet neighbors who led us to our new church home where we have made special friendships with some of the sweetest people, many of which are pictured above.  They have welcomed us into their family and for that, I am so grateful.  Liam had a wonderful birthday party thanks to his sweet friends who came to help him celebrate turning six.

Afterwards, we ran a few errands in Owasso and let Liam pick our restaurant for dinner: IHOP.  The kid has always loved pancakes, and nothing makes him happier than having four different kinds of pancake syrup to choose from.  And since it was a special day for him, I kept my mouth shut and let him have as much blueberry and strawberry syrups as he wanted!  Baby brother, Cullen, had his first attempt at sitting in a booster seat.  It was short-lived though as he repeatedly slid down towards the floor!

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