Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Birthday

We now have no littles under the age of FOUR! Whatever will I do! :) I do miss the "little" age, and simply can't believe that my Liam is now FOUR years old! wow!

Liam came to me at nine months old. As is often the life of a foster parent, I received a call at work midday and asked if I "wanted a baby?" Of course I said yes! I had parent teacher conferences that night, but being a special educator, unfortunately I had no conferences lined up except for one and a friend across the hall who said she would watch him during that time. So he showed up at work, driven by a CASEWORKER, at nine months old, not properly strapped into a car seat at all, and facing forward. I couldn't believe it! Well, yes, I could as I've seen similar many times, but it still didn't cease to floor me. Anyway, I digress from the point of my story, system ranting for another day...

Prior to coming to live with me, Liam had lived with his birth mom and then with another foster family. He was at the previous foster family's home just over four months and the agency was concerned that he wasn't developing properly. Upon coming to live with me at nine months old he couldn't sit up, crawl, stand, etc and was making only one true sound.

This was Liam within one week of being placed in my home...

Such a blessing to be able to see such obvious progress in such a short time!

He has caught up in many ways, still lacking a bit in the area of speech, and he's kind of a little peanut, but what a personality! :) And his eyes are amazing! He is certainly a member of our family and we love him to pieces!

Today we had originally planned on going to the zoo with our membership, but the frigid temps and the fact that he's been sick the past three days made that unable to happen. Instead we found a few things to do around town...

We first went to a local candy shop the kids had not been to. I gave them each one dollar and they actually found a fairly good sized bag of goodies amongst the 10 and 20 cent candy! :) (Gotta love the bday decorated Krispy Kreme hat my parents sent him!)

Next we headed to the grocery store to finish picking up his bday dinner supplies. On their bdays the kids each get to pick the makings of their bday dinners.

From there we went to Barnes and Noble to read some books, play with the trains, and help Liam pick out a little something from Grandma and Grandpa. They sent him one "large" gift and wanted to still get a little something else as well. He chose a reading Mickey light from the $2 clearance table and a Max and Ruby Valentine book.

Next it was home for his bday meal...
For Liam, we had McDonalds cheeseburgers, pancakes, cheese (The kid could LIVE on cheese!), orange pop to drink, and frosted cookies for dessert!) He was in heaven! :)

He then opened his gifts. I give each of the kids one toy, one book, and one outfit on their special days. Liam got this Buckaroo game I had found which I think he'll love, we're planning on playing it tomorrow, a cute summer outfit, and a wiggles book.
Grandma and Grandpa got an EXCELLENT deal on this Disney Zippity interactive learning game that hooks to the tv when I told them about it. Of course none of us thought about needing batteries, so it's off to buy some tomorrow after church so we can try it out! :)

Liam felt so much better today than he has the past three which was such a blessing! I did NOT want him to feel so yucky on his birthday! Especially since he really understood this year that it was his bday and what that meant. He was just too cute about it! Now we have a week off, then it's Braeden's bday on the 7th! :) (Hope he liked Liam's outfit today because his matches!)
Have a wonderful weekend!


Linda Sneed, Wayne's wife. I sure enjoyed reading the birthday blog. Wish Each boy a Happy Birthday when their special Day arrives. They have a special mom! May they enjoy the ways God has gifted them....

maureen said...

I loved hearing about the day Liam arrived. I too am used to those "Would you like a Baby" calls. In fact my youngest, just 2 years old now was only 4 days old when I got her call. She was being released from the hospital in a city that is about an hour and a half away and the case worker said she would meet me halfway in a town that was closer. We decided to have her pull off the highway and meet at The Holiday Inn.

So for the past 2 years, just 4 days after her birthday, I pile all of my girls in the van and drive to the Holiday Inn in Lawrence, KS to celebrate Ava's "gotcha" day!

It's now our fun family tradition!

Happy Birthday to Liam!

Julie said...

AWWW he is such a cutie!! Happy Birthday Liam!!!

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