18 Month Update

18 Month Update

I don’t really know how we got here.  I feel like just yesterday we were celebrating his first birthday.  I think every age gets more exciting for me because he is able to understand and experience so much more.  Although, now he refuses to stop and smile for the camera so goodbye cute pictures.

Taco Tuesday

Taco Tuesday

Taco Tuesday is not something I participate in every week but National Taco Day was last week and I really feel like I missed out.  So I decided to make up for it this week.  Ryan and I really love going to the Keys, we try to go every year.  We got married in Islamorada, watched the Cavs win the championship there, and this December will be Dean's first trip since we left him with my parents last year.  We have a favorite place in Key West called Garbo’s Grill.  Everything they make is amazing but their Korean BBQ is pretty much the best thing ever.  They started as a super small trailer and have upgraded to a much bigger “silver bullet.”  They also moved from a parking lot to a cute little spot that has a bar and tables.  The owners work there and hand prep the food every day. Seriously you have to try this place if you are ever in Key West.

It’s Finally October

It’s Finally October

I’m going to get pretty basic over here and write about how excited I am for fall. I’ve said it before; Cleveland is the best in Fall. I think having a child makes it that much better. Last year we did a few activities and it was fun but I feel like this year he is walking and old enough to get excited about it too.

Life Lately

Life Lately

I’ve had the past few days off because it has been exceptional hot here.  With no ac in school the classrooms get to almost 100 degrees.  So, 2 extra days off means more together time with my precious babe.  I love it but boy can he be difficult.  I always thought the terrible 2’s didn’t start until 2.  This quote is me lately “Always fluctuating between feeling like a boss and feeling totally unqualified to raise your child, sometimes within the same hour.”

My PSA for Reading with Your Child

My PSA for Reading with Your Child

As a reading teacher it is embarrassing to admit it took me almost a year and a half to get into a routine of reading with Dean every night.  I often try to find things that just him and I do since I feel like I miss out on so much time with him while I’m at work.  Reading before bed is an activity for just him and I.  It started as him just watching the book and listening, then slowly he started turning pages.  Now he is pointing to the pictures and trying to repeat words I say. I love board books at this age, they tend to be short and the pages are easy to turn.

We’ve Got a Walker

We’ve Got a Walker

Dean is finally walking.  It isn’t pretty but he’s doing it!  It is crazy how many emotions I have watching him.  I can recall many conversations with doctors and therapists where they told me he may never walk.  Based on other children who have had a stroke I figured he was going to walk around 18 months, I am not sure how I came to that conclusion, call it mommy intuition but I just had a feeling.

Apps for Toddlers

Apps for Toddlers

Before we did Baby CHAMP Dean didn’t really use any apps.  He has always loved to watch Baby Shark on YouTube and it’s our go to when we need him to be entertained for a short time.  Our therapists both had iPads and showed us some amazing apps that could help him use his affected side.  I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned we call his affected hand “righty.”  I’m happy to report that since Baby CHAMP he’s really good at trying to use it when we say something like, “give righty a turn.”   It’s not the most accurate reach so apps are a great way for him to succeed while using it.  I know a lot of people that are hesitant to let their children use technology but it can really be a great learning tool, even for typical children.