Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Happy 5th Birthday Olivia!

My first baby is five today. I can hardly believe it! It really does feel like these five years have flown by. This birthday has been bittersweet for me. I've been saying that five feels like the official end of babyhood. Of course Olivia tells me she will always be my baby when I say this. This year she grows up though. Olivia will be starting Kindergarden in August. I think we are both ready for it, but it still is hard to let your child go out into the world and gain their independence. Love you Olivia! Five is gonna be great!

Pool party!

Little Mermaid cake...

Look at that face!!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Rockin' New Kicks

Alaina recently got some rockin' new footwear as recommended by her physical therapist. They are custom fit orthotics that are designed to keep her ankles more stable as she walks. Most kids with Down syndrome have varying degrees of low muscle tone and hyperflexibility of their joints. This can cause the ankles to turn in thus making the ankles less stable. The orthotics help with arch and ankle support.

They even have cute little butterflies on them!!!

According to the orthotist she doesn't require any special shoes to go over so we are just using her regular ones.

Alaina is quite particular about people messing with her shoes. Hence the sad face she displayed for the camera...

I already notice that she is walking a little more confidently. It's also easier for her to squat when her ankles are supported. Something we are working on in PT.

Looking good kid!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Potty Success

Alaina had a potty success! She's been practicing potty routines the past week or so and seems interested so we gave it a go yesterday. I brought her over by the potty after snack time which is usually when she will have a pee. I really feel like she knew what the deal was because she kept looking at me, then would go sit on the potty, get up, repeat, etc. etc. Anyways I wasn't paying to much attention (because of the other two) and when I got up to look there was pee in the potty! It's really encouraging to know that Alaina can do it! I just have to be more consistent with giving her the opportunity.

Signing "all done" ...

This little one even got in on the act. Believe it or not she went #2 in the potty this morning after I noticed her making the "I gotta go" face. I seriously couldn't believe it.

Way to go girls!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Would you like cream with that?

This morning I was running around getting ready, taking a shower, etc. Alaina has therapy at 8:30 on Thurs. so I have to move quick. Anyways at about 8:20 Olivia announces that she has made me a bowl of cereal for breakfast. Even though I just ate an hour before I didn't want to hurt her feelings. Or squash such a generous attitude.

So I ate some of the cereal and then threw the rest in the sink. The milk tasted kind of funny, but I didn't think about it too hard. Then I open the refrigerator and see the carton of half n half right in front of the milk jug. I shake it and realize that although it was full this morning it is now noticeably lighter. Did I just have creamer on my cereal? Yep and aparently so did Olivia. Yuck! I will definitely inspect her food prep a little closer in the future.

It was a sweet gesture though. Thanks Olivia! Let's try to stick with the 2% from now on, ok?