My {11} Month Old with Down Syndrome

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Eleven months have passed since my little girl came into this world. Next month, she’ll hit a huge milestone and I’m preparing myself for a waterfall of tears.


Some of the tears will be proud ones, Kara amazes me every day. Every morning I wake up blown away by how much I love her. The rest of the tears will be those of a mother who hates to see the time pass so quickly. Everyone says “babies don’t keep” but you just don’t truly believe it until it happens to yours.

Baby Girl weighs 17.6 lbs, measures 26 in, and still has 1 tooth.

Kara is such a happy baby these days! I may be jinxing myself by saying this, but she is making things pretty easy on me lately and I love it!

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She is…

Babbling – says “dadadada” in either whispers or yells, there is no in-between.

♥Making the cutest fishy face I’ve ever seen.

♥Eating more solid foods – apple and orange slices, bananas, carrots, but sweet potato is her favorite.

♥Using the Honeybear everyday – since she decided she was over purees, we switched to water in the Honeybear and it’s gone well! She drinks from it everyday (as long as it’s ice cold for our princess).

♥Playing peek a boo – she loves to pull her shirts over her face when I’m dressing her in the morning. I say “boo!” And she giggles uncontrollably 🙂

Wanting daddy – my greatest fear is having a daddy’s girl that wants nothing to do with her mom. She has chosen him over me exactly three times so far… not that I’m counting.

Signing “more” – we’re up to two signs! She signs “milk” and “more”. Smart cookie!

Smacking her lips – one day Kara woke up and starting making that ‘pop‘ sound with her lips. She hasn’t stopped since.

♥Loving phrases like “uh-oh!” and “ah-choo!”

♥Obsessed with Mom’s hair – touching, smelling, chewing, rubbing it over her face. She LOVES my hair. I take it as a painful compliment when she tries to take some for herself.

♥Working on crawling – the motivation is there because she gets very frustrated when she can’t reach something she wants, but she’s starting to get to her tummy and inch backwards. Soon she will find herself moving forward and we’ll celebrate yet another milestone!

This girl is smart and beautiful. I can’t believe how much she has changed me for the better.

Next month, we celebrate her birthday and I am deep into planning. I promised myself I wouldn’t go overboard…we’ll see how that pans out. We are going with the theme Cupcakes & Carousels (as in “Kara”sels). The guest list is huge and Kara has the CUTEST outfit laid out for her. Be ready for lots of pictures and links once the party is over!

Sweet Moments From This Month:

Early Morning Giggles – One morning we woke up early enough to get some cuddles in before Kara’s first bottle. She laid her head sleepily on my shoulder and reached out to feel my face. As they usually do, her hands quickly found a lock of my hair and she stretched it over my face. I looked at her through the strands of hair covering my eyes and spoke to her through the ones in my mouth. She started giggling uncontrollably and continued to flag my hair over my face again and again. There is no better way to start the day 🙂

Mashed Potato Face Mask – At a friend’s BBQ one afternoon, I decided it was time for Kara to try some mashed potatoes for the first time. I gave her a bite off my fork and the entire table watched as she pursed her lips together and pushed the potatoes right back out! We laughed, but she was just getting started. She used her fist to rub the taters across her cheeks, moved them up onto her nose, and spread them over her eyes and forehead. So now you know her beauty secret! Fresh potatoes!

Puppy Playtime – From early on, Pete has tried to play with Kara. He would set one of his toys in front of her, nudge them forward and wait patiently. Kara finally started to pay attention to her furry brothers as she got older and now she is ready to play! The other day, Pete brought her a toy, nudged it, and waited patiently as Kara picked it up and examined it. She rolled it over in her hands a bit, then held it out and shook it until Pete gently took it back and trotted away happily. They’re officially besties.

Daddy’s Little Girl – Speaking of besties, Pete and I have got some major competition.  Kara must be a perceptive baby because starting Father’s Day weekend, she decided that she wants her daddy to put her to bed at night. She wants daddy to hold her. She wants daddy daddy daddy. She even says “dadadada” again and again.  This girl has got her dad wrapped around her little finger. She’s suckered him into her first bite of chocolate cake (well against Mom’s wishes), keeps him glued to the monitor all night long, and has transformed him into a giant cuddle monster. He uses sign language. He sings. He dances. He talks like a three year old. They are two peas and I can’t even be mad because its the cutest thing in the world.

This girl is changing the world one smile at a time.

Stay tuned ❤

I don’t get many things right the first time,
In fact, I am told that a lot
Now I know all the wrong turns the stumbles,
And falls brought me here
And where was I before the day
That I first saw your lovely face,
Now I see it every day
And I know

That I am, I am, I am, the luckiest.

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