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Leighton :: Four Years Old

I'm so far behind in getting this post up! Better late than never though, right?! I owe all the kids updates for the blog so we'll start here with our LL Girl.

Happy {belated!!!} 4th birthday to our Leighton Lynn! It's crazy to me that she's already four years old. Why is everyone getting so old and big?! Ugh, it's not fair! I want my tiny babies back!


It's no secret around here that Leighton has a big and strong personality, a characteristic that continues to develop as she grows up. She's determined and as stubborn as they come. She'll pick out her outfit in the morning (a blue dress with blue pants or alternating heart patterns are some of my favorite ensembles...), insist on dressing herself and declare everything matches even if it doesn't. She barely lets me brush her hair and is in constant need of a trim thanks to a wonky cowlick in the back that grows faster than the rest of the hairs on her head.


She may be loud and aggressive but she's also sensitive and kind. She gets upset if she thinks people are laughing at her as opposed to with her or if you call her "silly" when she wasn't trying to be silly. She stops running through the room to give Baker a hug and a kiss and gently touch his cheek and tell him he's cute. If Gracyn's upset, Leighton will follow her upstairs to check on her and declare, "I'm only here to HELP you!" She loves to wrestle with Dad and play house with her baby dolls. And every once in a while, she'll come up to give me a random hug and tell me she loves me.

I love you too, sweet girl.


Leighton's favorite things include chocolate milk, dessert, annoying shows on Netflix (I'm looking at you, Bo on the Go and Mother Goose Club..), playing Barbies and running off to play with friends. She eats more yogurt and string cheese than anyone I know and at four years old,  she still does not sleep through the night. It's fine....

No matter how many times we tell her she's free to use the restroom at her own free will, she's up at least once a night to yell about needing to go potty or to ask important questions like if she can take swimming lessons (maybe) or go to a movie theater (sure, but GTFTS first....). We've tried bribes and threatened her privileges but nothing really seems to stick. Gracyn has been sleeping in the room with her which helps a teeny tiny bit but she's still up at night more often than not. My body has adjusted to being up all night between all of the children but I wouldn't mind just a little more sleep mmk, kids?!

Happy birthday, sweet girl. Our house is loud and full of laughter because of you. You may make my nights shorter but my days are so much brighter. For that, I love you.


I think I missed doing this last year, but here's her interview! I've tried to ask the girls the same questions each year and record their answers. So fun to see how they change over the years!


Fall 2018

Nothing like a novel of a blogpost to recap an entire season of life. 2019 resolution - get back to blogging. Although, I think I say that every time I type up a new post, but it's good to have goals I guess. Our fall has been busy with regular life stuff, nothing too out of the ordinary for us and I'm definitely thankful for that!

September

This month started with my Mom's Retreat to Phoenix. It was a quick trip but wonderful nonetheless. Next year's retreat is in Nashville and I'm already planning and scheming to get myself there - for the entire thing this time! :)

Gracyn lost her first tooth and refused to let the Tooth Fairy come visit. She held onto that tooth for about 3 weeks until her 2nd tooth fell out. Only then was the Tooth Fairy allowed to come collect the goods - but only if she did NOT come into the house. Gracyn put her teeth in ring box on the front porch and wrote her a note. She closed the blinds and locked the door and went out to check things out the next morning. It was such a weird thing but also hilarious. She got her money and then decided to be the Tooth Fairy for Halloween. That girl cracks me up.

Other September things - college football watch parties, Baker started full-on playing with the girls (Leighton might be his favorite person ever...), trips to Target and my 33rd birthday!








October

We did Fall things like visit pumpkin patches and plant mums. The weather was perfect so we spent a lot of time on the weekends outside playing with friends. Family and friends came to town to help us celebrate Baker and his Chromies at the Step Up Walk. We geared up for Halloween - the Tooth Fairy (of course), a "yellow Princess" and a baby cow. It was a cool night but we managed to go Trick-or-Treating and get a bunch of candy.













November

Annual family photos (still swooning over them...), flu shots for everyone and we headed to Tulsa for Thanksgiving. Tulsa has an amazing new park called Gathering Place and we spent a few hours exploring one day. If you're in the area, check it out for sure!








Our favorite elf came back right after Thanksgiving and although we technically had the tree up before Turkey Day, we finished decorating the last week of November. It's the best time of the year - bring on all of holiday festivities! 



Step Up | 2018

Welp, October came and went, huh?! I can't believe the entire month passed us by and I didn't log a single blog post. October is, after all, Down Syndrome Awareness Month. On one hand, I feel guilty for not having posts ready to share as a way to advocate for Baker and raise awareness. It's my duty as his mom to do so, right?!

On the other hand, we are busy l i v i n g  l i f e. And that life, thanks to work and everything that comes along with three kids, is busy so the old blog gets neglected. Don't worry, though. I'm still a serial poster over on Instagram and Facebook so follow along there if you want to see just how normal our life really is. I'm always up for answering questions so be sure to ask if you want to know something but hopefully I'm doing him justice and advocating for him all day long by making sure he's treated like everybody else in our home. Making sure he knows and everyone around us knows that he belongs. Baker has Down syndrome but he's still a baby and we're still a regular family. His sisters still like to hold him and smother him. I still force them all to have professional photos taken every fall. We still meet up with friends to have playdates and have fun!

October flew by for sure but we did get our act together enough to celebrate Baker and his Chromies at the 2018 Step Up Walk! This was the second walk for #TeamHeartBaker. The weather was amazing compared to the blazing heat from last year and we had a great group of family and friends who came out to join us and help raise some money for the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City. It's pretty incredible to see 10,000 people gathering at an event to honor these amazing individuals who all just happen to have Down syndrome. We're lucky to live in a community that has so many valuable resources and a network of support.















We had people from Kansas, South Dakota, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Nebraska in attendance. Some of our dear neighbors were even celebrating from the beach while on vacation.


Our support system is unreal and we couldn't be more grateful.


Baker says "THANK YOU!" and we'll see you next year! :)


And a comparison picture from 2017 & 2018. My babies are getting so big!