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!

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