Liam is growing up so fast. He graduated and passed his swallow test, so now we are working on the sippy cup...YES, you heard me right. Liam has been sipping away all weekend on the Soothie sippy cup (my thanks to Julia for the suggestion!). Oh how long I have waited for this moment! Little teeny tiny amounts at a time, but he is making progress. He is still coughing some, when he gets too big of a gulp, but we are monitoring him closely for congestion and listening to his sounds. We are only doing water right now because they said if for some reason he does aspirate it, it most likely would get absorbed back into the lungs and not cause any damage...then they told us if he starts getting sick a lot with respiratory infections, we need to have him re-evaluated. We are praying he moves forward with drinking and progresses without complications!
Liam's first day at school was also today. He did great - A+! It was a little rough for his first feeding, I am glad I was there to be able to soothe him, as he was a LITTLE upset. But he soon fell right to sleep and was awake and happy upon my return an hour later. I took duty for helping with the morning feeding and Grandpa visited in the afternoon to help with the second feeding. I think one more day of shadowing the feeding routine should be enough to get everyone comfortable with his tubey. Honestly, I was way more worried about how Liam would react, and not really about navigating his feedings. Thankfully, Liam only gets two tube feedings a day there, and it is such a blessing the teachers are working with us. We will see how the week progresses. Speaking of tubes, Liam gets a new one installed on Thursday...finally! This one has sprung a leak, and is in dire need of repair! No one told me we should have changed it out months ago...but that's a whole 'nother story!
I'm signing off tonight with pictures from our busy fun-filled weekend. My girlfriends from high school and I all got together with our families to swim on Saturday...It was so much fun. I can't believe we all have "families" now. Seems like just yesterday we were all studying for finals together...Memories!
Missy, Matt, Cooper and Conley, Me and Liam - C and C both share a birthday with Liam! Missy and I both went into labor on the same day! VERY cool =) Missy will also be running the FULL marathon for TEAM LIAM...VERY COOL as well!
Liam didn't know what to make of the water....or all the kids.
Mimi's sink makes a great bath for the end of a long day!
I think bath time is more his style...he likes the smaller pools of water!
Love Liam's baby blue eyes!
Liam's nap Sunday afternoon....he slept for two and a half hours. Don't worry, mommy re-positioned him to a much safer position after she caught some cute pics.
And yes, Liam still has his helmet. Mimi's awesome artwork didn't survive the glaze we put over it, so we had to start over. Back to white....but hopefully awesome again soon! Long week ahead...Signing off!