Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Birthday Bliss

It's hard to believe that Courtney is already two years old!
Our little princess/Roller-derby wanna-be has been nothing if not vivacious and full of life! 
When we first found out about Jacob, we weren't sure how she'd react to the "competition" but she's taken on such a sweet and loving presence around him (as long as she's paying attention and doesn't accidentally step on him as she's running around screaming and tearing the house apart in 5 seconds flat!)

This year was the first time Courtney really had a chance to get into the spirit of her birthday.  So we invited our friends, the Carpenters, and Les & Karen (KC's brother and his wife) over to celebrate the big day!
Everyone got into the "Princess" spirit!
Courtney loved all of her presents, all of the attention, and all of the yummy food!  Aside from her squeals of delight and her saying things like, "That's AWESOME!", it was a low - key birthday filled with those we love the most! Thanks to everyone for making it a success! :)

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2 months after heart surgery - Jacob's progress

 Down syndrome Down Right Living:  Life after heart surgeryHoly Cow! Has it been almost 2 months since my last post?! Goodness!  I guess no news is good news?  Well. Sort of.  It does mean that Jacob is doing FABULOUSLY!  Surgery has now officially been deemed a complete success by all of his doctors, he is now weighing in at a hefty 15 lbs 11 oz. and is attacking all of his milestones with an unsurpassed vigor!

At 6 months, he is still in the 10% range in size/weight of a normal child, but is about 50% for a child with Downs Syndrome.  Which is fine with us.  All I care about is that he's healthy and happy.  And happy he IS.  Our sweet little munchkin never seems to do anything but smile. 
Jacob is now part of the zipper club!

(We've discovered he LOVES bath time!  He loves to kick and float!!)

Unlike his big sister, Courtney, who is more like a freight train around the house, demolishing everything in her path, Jacob is our quiet little angel who plays by himself, smiles, giggles, and just takes in everything life has to offer.

He's now rolling over, scooting (on his face - his arms aren't quite strong enough to handle the weight of his body), grabbing things and shaking them, and sitting with some help.  But his all-time favorite thing to do is to stand up while holding someone's fingers.  He's just so proud of himself!!  You can see the joy and jubilation in his eyes at the accomplishment alongside the thirst for more Independence.  It may take Jacob a little bit longer to sit, crawl and stand on his own, by I have this feeling that once he has them mastered, there will be NO holding him BACK!
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