Looking at my blog I realize it has been way to long since I have last written. Things have been crazy busy since becoming a stay-at-home-mom and a freelancer. Life seems to flash by and I realize there isn't much time for myself to reflect and write. When I do have a free moment I'd rather take a nap.
Both girls celebrated birthdays. Kayla is now 5 and Livie is now 2! It's still hard to believe that Kayla is starting Kindergarten in August. I feel like it was just yesterday we brought that precious little baby home. Don't even get me started on Livie! 2 years old already? Tomorrow marks 2 years since her discharge from the NICU!
So I've been trying to handle a few battles since my last post in December. Mostly parenting battles and trying to figure out this whole SAHM routine. Let's just say I have a very sassy and opinionated 5 year old. She is certainly developing her own opinion about things. I have now stepped back from picking out her clothes for the day. She no longer wants mommy's input and only if her mood is right am I able to suggest something that "matches better" with the colorful skirt she has picked out. Still, she amazes me everyday with her love for life and her energy.
Miss Livie had a great follow up appt at her Developmental Pediatrician appointment! I think it's the first one that I have left feeling like we are moving in the right direction and that I'm actually doing something right! lol
As of last month here are her stats:
Height: 32 1/2 inches! (they actually had to check this twice because they couldn't believe the growth spurt she had)
Weight: 18.6 pounds (I believe we are finally at 20 pounds now given her last "unoffical" weigh in)
Here is where she lands in regards to the average toddler:
Height: that of a 16 month old
Weight: that of an 11 month old
Verbal Language: that of a 26 month old!
So we are making strides. Gaining weight and growing although not as fast as the doctors may like but we are moving in the right direction.
It's so hard because I get conflicting info from the many doctor's and therapists we see. GI says we are doing awesome and to keep doing what we are doing with the Pediasure. (she drinks 3 a day)
Developmental Ped wants us to start cutting out the Pediasure and give her coffee creamer instead. I don't think I really agree with this one and I'm sure GI would not approve so I am trying to get her to not drink her Pediasure at bedtime and nap time and have it more throughout the day as well as serving high calorie foods.
I've decided that I am not going to force Livie to eat.
Every time I do she throws it up. She will eat when she wants
She cried and cried last night and we couldn't get her down to bed.
Then she threw up when I took her out of her crib
She had eaten turkey, yogurt, and Oreos.
I was excited she kept eating but she over did it I think. Everything all of the doctors have told me is good info but I have learned that when she's ready to do something she will do it in her own time.
There is no need to rush things despite their insistence to do so.
I am so tired of hearing what she should be doing and where she should be. She will do it in her own time!
Just like her early arrival in this world, Miss Livie appears to be calling the shots!