Step by Step

This video says it all.  Enjoy.  I dedicate this to your, Lyndsay S.

*Video Disclaimer- The music choice for this video is NKOTB, if you don’t like it, then please turn down the volume!

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Just a little determination

First I would like to apologize for not posting more then I should.  Things have been crazy busy and I am h oping that things are going to slow down a bit since it is nearing fall.

Paige has started to scoot around the house like a little mad women.

She is getting into everything that you could possibly think of.  It is becoming harder to entertain her as she just wants to go go go and wants someone to always pay attention to her.  I think that I had almost every measuring cup in the house on floor with her the other day.  It was a toddler tornado up in here.

With this new found freedom, Paige is feeling that she has to do everything her self.  She has to feed herself or she will bat the fork/spoon away from you like you would not believe.  She has discovered that she wants to put her own food on the spoon and put it in her mouth.  I have been letting her do it with my help, but yesterday I let her go for it and the result was pretty good.  She got spoonfuls of rice/squash and it actually made it to her mouth.  There was a bit of a rice explosion all over the booster chair and floor near the end, but all in all, it was a success.  It continues everyday as someone just had to scoop and feed herself her own cereal this morning.  Its great, I am loving the fact that this kid wants to totally feed herself.  She is picking up food more and more, and I actually gave her a snack today that I did not have to feed to her.  We have a determined little girl and some major progress happening around here.  Now if I could only get her to drink more water that would totally make my day.

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I have been waiting over 3 months to for Paige to get her tubes in her ears.  I finally got a phone call last week saying that we are in for next week!  I have to admit at first I was a little scared as when I heard the word “surgery” I just went back to that place when she had heart surgery.  I do not want to emotionally go through it again.  I am glad that her ear tube surgery is a in and out in 1 day surgery.

After a week in Calgary with Grandma, we are getting back into our routine around here.  Going to appointment’s and working on achieving milestones.  I have never really set a goal time line with Paige, but I have done so this month.  My goal is for her to be walking by Christmas.  That is exactly one month before her birthday and with the encouragement of her amazing physiotherapist, we both think that it is possible.  She is cruising the furniture and is round the corners like she was born to do it.

A little progress

We have some progress going on over here.  Paige has finally gone the extra step and fully pulled up on pretty much everything she can grab on to.  This is great and at the same time I really have to watch where I put my coffee mug in the morning.

Someone has developed a little scoot and is moving like crazy around here.  I guess I have to finally put up the baby gate so she does not take a tumble down the stairs.  So far we have only had 2 incidents of her dumping the cats water over and I think that its time to move it.  One day I am sure to find her eating the dry cat food. 🙂

A month ago I managed to push for some extra physio somehow someway while we sit on the never ending wait-list.  We starting doing physio in the pool with the rehab assistant at the centre.  After 3 weeks of going, I totally noticed a difference with Paige.  She moves her legs more, she is bending her knees and it is helping her balance.  I just wish that the pool did not have to close 3 weeks in to it.  I wished that I pushed a few months back a bit more, we could be sitting in a different place right now.

 

Getting ready to go in the pool!

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I have taken the approach of the learn as you go, when raising Paige.  I dont read baby books, books about Down Syndrome, google every question I have or text my mom when I dont know what to do(ok well maybe I do this one).  I do this on purpose.  I don’t really like to read books, unless i have to, and I really just want to know what is going on now, not what I am going to expect in 2 – 3 years.  I want to live in the moment and take the cues that Paige is giving me and run with it.  I want to treat her as a “normal” toddler and not how a book is telling me what I should be doing at this stage of her life.

I know that some people might not agree with that, and to each their own.  I should probably pick up that Down Syndrome book I have sitting on my fireplace and give it a once over, but sometimes I have better things to do.  Like help Paige work on her walking, playing with her, teaching her how to be a master at coloring and of course chasing the cat around the house because she loves her do much.

Oh and at the end of the day I enjoy watching this instead of reading a book before I go to bed. 🙂

Cuddling with minnie mouse

Strawberries

Since Paige has shown interest again in feeding herself I thought that it would be fun to blog about her adventures that she is having with feeding her self.  Last night we decided to call this stage, Fun with Food, and I thought that this was an appropriate name for this series.

A few weeks back I was trying to give Paige some strawberries for a snack while we were sitting on the floor.  She really wanted to feed herself, well try to.  I decided to encourage her to pick up the food with her hands by putting the bowl of strawberries in frornt of her.

Ohh whats this....

She went for it.  Squishing her hands in the berries and trying to stuff as many as possible into her mouth at once.  She did not get them all down, but it was the effort that I was looking for.

It was  mess to clean up, but it was so worth it!

A Few pictures…

We have been practicing coloring around here and we made daddy a picture for Fathers Day..

Learning how to Color

Learning how to Color

Learning how to Color

Learning how to Color..dont take my picture mom!

She is geting better at it, she does not eat the crayons so much anymore lol.

We went on a picnic to the beach last week…

Hanging out with Dad at the Beach

Playing with the grass

Someone has been really trying to pet the cat lately, she is getting better at it. The cat does not mind as she keeps sitting on the mats when Paige is playing…

Playing with the Cat

Playing with the Cat

My cat

When I was feeding Paige the other day, she kept playing with the straps on the booster seat.  I kept telling her no and each time she was giving me a nasty look.  This nasty look…

Paige getting upset when I was telling her no

And the second time I told her no I got this….

and she was upset I told her no

She does not like the word no, but hey she is learning.

Happy Wednesday 🙂

Picture Goals

I have decided that I am going to try to take more pictures of Paige and post them a little more frequently on here.  I go through little phases where I take a lot of pictures, then I take none for weeks.   I am going to try to take pictures of  everyday going forward.  Just a little goal for myself on top of everything else that is going on 🙂

This kid loves her wagon.  I mean LOVES IT !

She has taken to leaning over the side to check out her shadow when you are walking.  Thank god for seatbelts!

We have been playing in the sandbox when the weather is nice.  Of course Paige also wants to play with the cat.

*yes that is our stairs in the yard, they are doing some work around here

She thinks trying to hit the cat with her toys is playing.  I once caught her using her drumsticks to try and hit the cat.  We are working on petting the cat, nit hitting the cat.

Happy weekend

It finally happened

A months or so ago when I went to get Paige from her nap, she was sitting in the corner of her crib.  I nearly fell over I was so excited that she finally got it.  She finally got up on her own.  She did not do it again.  Nothing.  I thought, oh well maybe it was a one time thing and that she will do it when she is ready.

Last week my mom came into town and when I got home she told me that Paige did not nap right away since she kept up sitting up from laying down in her crib.  I was shocked.  It took my mom to come down for a visit for her to become a full getting up to sit pro.  She does not do it the way that I showed her, but she does it.  She gets up with ease like she has been doing it for months.  I am so damn proud of her.  I am hoping for some video so that i can post it soon.

Since Grandma was here she of course had a present.  I have been thinking about getting a wagon for some time and when I saw them on sale at wal mart and told my mom, she went and got it.  It does not help that my sister works at wal mart and got a discount on it as well.

She loves this wagon.  She hangs out of it trying to find her shadow when you take her for a walk. The funniest thing ever.  I just hope she does not fall out of it one day.

We of course brought out the sandbox that grandma got for her for her birthday.  The sun finally stayed around for a few days and let us set it up.  What toddler does not love a sandbox?

We are hoping to spend many days outside playing in the sandbox.

 

I just hope that she learns to nap without having to sit up right away when you put her in her crib. 🙂