milestones

15 months later…

I can’t believe how the time has flown, Liam is 15 months already! It has been so exciting to watch him play, grow, and learn these last few months. Everything happens so fast at this point, it’s like a neural explosion. Over the last 3 months Liam has:

  • Gone from stumbling to run-stumbling
  • Learned to say over 25 words, although he mostly refers to animals by the sounds they make, except our youngest dog, Bruise, who he calls Rooze.
  • Learned how to walk backwards and spin in a circle
  • Begun helping Conan and I with simple tasks (carrying light things mostly)

His favorite things right now are:

  • Reading… By himself, to the bear, to Conan and I… This little boy loves to be the one reading the story.
  • His big white bear, “Baby”… When Liam was born Conan’s company sent us a present, a giant white polar bear which I never named because I figured it would be too big to drag around. Liam has proven me wrong and he has named it “Baby”. The other stuffed animals are babies too, but there is only one Baby and he goes everywhere with Liam.
  • Yogurt, cereal bars, and berries
  • Going to the park
  • The tub, this little guy loves his baths (and his bath toys)

He has had a lot of adventures over the last three months, including:

  • His first sleepovers with Grammy and Grampy F.
  • His second annual Flynnstock with Conan
  • His first trip to the beach!

While I have tried (desperately sometimes) to be there for every single event it just hasn’t been possible and sometimes Conan and Liam are a two man team while I am at home with the puppy brothers doing homework or at work.  We do our best with the time we have and try to make every moment count.

Today the three of us went out to lunch to one of our favorite Mexican restaurants and then to the park for some quality time (and to exhaust Liam before his nap).  It was suppose to rain all day today so it was a pleasant surprise to be able to get out and about.  My park plan however backfired as it was not just Liam that needed the nap when we got home 😉

And now a parting message from Liam himself and a few more of my favorite pictures from the last few months….

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I can’t wait to see what the next three months brings!

The Milestone Race

One thing that I don’t appreciate about mommy hood is the milestone race. It is a race that I choose not to participate in, but always seem to get sucked up in anyway. It is perpetuated by the endless lists you can find everywhere online that tell you where your child should be at that particular week of their development , and also by moms everywhere. I can’t seem to go through a store checkout line these days without a mom asking me what milestones my son has hit so far.
My current flippant answer is, “a bunch of them.”

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Now don’t get me wrong, I am extremely proud of my son. I think he is just wonderful, incredibly smart, and so sweet. Just like my mother did for her children I keep track of his development so he can look back at these years later in life… although I use an app for that 😉

I do believe that milestones should be celebrated. I just don’t agree with the competitive posturing that many mothers seem to have when it comes to milestones. Babyhood is not a race, and every child develops at his or her own pace. For example, at 9 months my son is already furniture walking all the time and can stand unassisted for a few seconds until he realizes he isn’t holding onto anything. I know other kids the same age who are really good at stacking blocks or that are using sign language. Both of these things are not things that my son excels at. Every child develops at a different rate. Sometimes one kid might be making leaps and bounds in one area, but lagging behind in others.

Normal childhood development does not follow a set course for every kid. The important thing is that they hit the milestones eventually, not when or what order they are in. I wish all moms (and dads too sometimes) could drop the competitive edge to these conversations and just celebrate their hard work and their children’s accomplishments.

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And now I will get off my soap box 🙂