Monday, October 20, 2008

Hi, Miss Smarty Pants!

I must admit, I am very biased. I think my kids are beautiful, wonderful, smart little people. Liviana, of course is no exception. She is, by my mommy standards...a genius.

Little Miss has started waving and saying "Hi". It is the cutest thing ever. She says Mama and has many other jibber jabber sayings that I'm sure are quite profound and meaningful. I am so proud of my little sweet pea. I need to try to get her on video waving and saying "Hi". I will make that my new goal for the week.

I have always noticed how incredibly observant Liviana is. I wonder sometimes if her days laying in the isolette and crib at the hospital have made her skills of observation beyond those normally found in an infant. Maybe she learned how to maximize observation from because of being a passive observer in her previous environment. I realize how much she observes when I see her begin doing things she has watched Aria and Miles do. She sat for at least 10 minutes the other day trying her hardest to put Legos together. She was not just banging them on each other, she was turning them over, lining them up and trying to put them together. She also will put them, with success on the big Lego board, but has a harder time putting two blocks together.

Sunday, I heard her making her growling sounds and when I glanced at her, she had picked up the paw that goes with Miles tiger costume and was waving it around and growling at Miles. She has seen him with his costume on waving his hands, er paws, and growling and she was imitating him even though he had not had his costume on for several hours. So, stinking cute...and brilliant :).

She is pulling up everywhere and anywhere, beginning to cruise along furniture and this morning I caught her with one leg up on the bottom step trying her hardest to get the rest of the way up. She puts everything in her mouth and I will see her picking up something she shouldn't as it heads into her mouth I'll say, "Livianaaaa" and she will look at me, start chuckling and drop it. I wish everyone could see her adorable little face and smile.

Okay...enough of my bragging. I am just so proud of her. I am so struck each day by how "normal" she is. I never, at this time last year could have imagined more perfect, sweet, adorable, funny, precious, healthy little girl. We are so truly blessed.

She now has three teeth...the two on the bottom and one on top. She is still just exclusively breastfed. I have not started her on solids and she is doing great and growing well. I can tell she is getting taller. I think she is going to be a tall, skinny little girl, imagine that.

We have lots of snot going around the house right now. All of the kids have a lovely runny nose, a tell-tale sign that winter is approaching. Livi seems to have it the worst and I am hoping that she does not get pneumonia like the last time a little cold went around the house. She really did great last time so I'm optimistic we will get through this unscathed.

There is so much going on with Liviana's CDH pals. Carter made his appearance almost 2 weeks ago in Blue Devil/Tarheel land and is resting his lungs on ECMO and charming everyone with his rockstar hairstyle. Little Nayeli is expected to make her debut today or tomorrow and Sydney is not far behind. Little Ava Helmick reherniated and has had an extremely difficult time post-surgery. Please keep her mom Terri and Ava in your thoughts and prayers. I have added a link to their blog at the right. We also had lunch and an extended afternoon with Angle Elli's mom last week. It was wonderful to meet her and I can see what an amazing mother she is and how lucky Elli is to have her.

More to come soon.....



Fer said...

Oh Amy! Liviana is so beautiful, I love that she's always smiling in the pictures! She's so cute!

Alex & Ingrid Houchin said...

Hi Amy,

We love your blog, Liviana is such a beautiful little girl. She has such a wonderful smile!
We've been reading your blog and really admire your strenght. You've come such a long way and Liviana's story is such an inspiration for us all!
Thank you for your support!
Ingrid, Alex & Alina

Cindy said...

She is such a cutie pie. And pulling up -- way to go Liviana!

Tricia said...

She is a beauty, Amy!! I think you're right about the observation thing, and I also think having older siblings intensifies it!

How far she's come! :)

Dawn T. said...

Liviana looks WONDERFUL!!!! I'm so happy to read that she's doing so well, she's truly an inspiration to CDH families.

I wanted to let you know that there is a new CDH blog ring for families affected by Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.

This is a service to all CDH families to help us keep up with CDH blogs and to support and encourage families that need it. You can view it on our blogger blog at

As you can see, it does not list CHERUBS or any CDH group and it is free to join. You can click on Previous and Next and surf from CDH blog to CDH blog.

You can add it to any blog - myspace, blogger, wordpress, live, etc. Make sure to add your CHERUBS site blog to this as well!

To join, go here:

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

President & Founder, CHERUBS
mom of Shane (1/28/93-9/11/99), LCDH x6, vent 1.5 yrs, oxygen 2 yrs, trach 2 yrs, Mic-Key feeding button, deaf 6 yrs, sight impaired, ASD, pulmonary sequestration, hypospadius, recurrent pneumonia and blood infections, hospitalized off and on his entire life, lost to gastropleural fistula - loved matchbox cars, Sesame Street and books, walked, signed, was a happy little guy!