Saturday, December 31, 2005

Here is a cute picture of Portia in her new outfit, a Christmas present from Grandma Jan. She doesn't like hoods any better than Quinn does!! Posted by Picasa

Friday, December 30, 2005

What a fun day today was!!

First when I woke up Mommy gave me my usual cherrios to snack on. But she was eating a bagel with cream cheese and that looked much yummier than my cherrios! So I just stared at her till she gave me some. She gave me a big piece cause she didn't think I would really eat it. Wrong!!! I shoved that whole thing in my mouth and gummed it until I could swallow it. It was so yummy! So Mommy gave me more smaller pieces and it made a really good breakfast treat.

Then Grandma Jan came over to pick me up and I spent the rest of the day at her house. I had a great time there. I played blocks and got into their Christmas tree. I took a walk with Grandpa Don and cuddled with Grandma Jan. It was tons of fun!

Tommorow is New Years Eve! Mommy says that means we can't go anywhere cause of all the drunk crazy people. So we are just gonna hang out at home as a family, sounds great to me!

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Well, Mommy has started trying to force me to walk and it isn't all that bad. Now when I finish eating she makes me walk (while I am holding her hands) all the way from the dining room to the living room. No matter how hard I try to sit down, she won't let me. If I didn't know how much she loved me I'd say that was child abuse!! Not really:) So even though I don't want to walk, I do want to get into the living room so I can I am humoring Mommy and moving my feet like she wants me to.

We had fun playing today! I built a little house out of my new Megablocks. I am getting pretty good at getting the pieces to fit together, but I still need Mommy's help. I also am really good at getting the egg into the right slot and pushing it through on my new kitchen toy. Circles are easy, even if eggs are gross! Mommy and me spent a bunch of time reading my new Elmo book, I love that thing. I even started to pull up some of the flaps and look under them. Mommy ripped one off by accident, but I forgive her!

Tommorow I am going over to Grandma Jan's house! That way I can spend New Years Eve with Mommy and Daddy. Sounds like it is gonna be a fun weekend!

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Today was fun! I finally got to hang out and play with some of my new toys! There are a few still in the boxes or not out yet, but I know Mommy is working on it. I had a great time crawling around and exploring all the new stuff.

Lindalee came over today. It was really nice to see her, it has been over a month cause one of us kept canceling. I gave her a big smile and cuddled up to her. Of course I still didn't want to cooperate, but what did she expect?? She is gonna come over on Tuesday to start making up appointments. She is gonna bring me some super non-skid stuff, cause my butt is just too round and slippery!

In other news Mommy thinks she can force me to start walking. Boy is she wrong!!!! :)

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Getting ready to unwrap a present at Great Grandma Joan's house. Posted by Picasa
Well, Christmas has officially ended. So of course now Quinn figures out how to unwrap presents!!! Posted by Picasa
" Cool! They're Little People, just like me." Posted by Picasa
Opening presents with Grandma Donna and Grandpop Bill. Posted by Picasa
Quinn says, "Don't worry Uncle Adam..I don't like having my hair cut either! But it doesn't hurt, really!". Posted by Picasa
The day after Christmas was just as fun as the day before and the day of! We went all the way to Philadelphia to visit with our friends and family and it was so much fun!

First we stopped at the Rogers' house. They used to be Mommy's next door neighbors when she was little. They have the coolest house! There is a big fish tank and a really cool turtle pond, it was like going to the Aquarium! They had a little doggie that looked a lot like Portia, except this doggie seemed to mistake me for a chew we didn't get too close.

After that we went to Great Grandma Joan's house. There were lots of people there. Almost all the Shumans! It was fun, I got presents there and was the center of attention. Everyone thought I was so cute! Plus I got to try chili for the first time, it was pretty good!

Then we went to Great Grandma Berta's house and all of the Rosenbaums were there! At Grandma Berta's house we celebrate Hannuka, not Christmas. As long as I get presents it doesn't matter to me! I did get presents! I think my favorite was the Elmo phone from Uncle Saul....that thing is so cool, I didn't even know Elmo had my phone number! I had so much fun cuddling with Cousin Jane and trying to get to all of Grandma Berta's breakable stuff. It was tons of fun!

Today we just hung out, we were really worn out after our crazy weekend!

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

What a great holiday! Last night we went over to Grandma Donna's house. We had dinner and opened lots of gifts. I got all kinds of great things like a big stuffed Mickey Mouse, a gymnastics set, a tamborine, maybe even more I can't remember. I had such a great time playing with Granpop Bill and Uncle Ian, I pulled some of the ornaments off the tree and even had ice cream for dessert. What a great Christmas Eve!

Today we woke up and Mommy, Daddy, Portia and I opened presents. I got a lego set and markers from Mommy and Daddy. I got a really cool Elmo book from Rona (Uncle Ian and Ben's mommy), she was the one who sent that gift. Portia got some toys too, she is still better at unwrapping presents than I am!

Then we went over to Grandma Jan's house. They had a big tree too and it was all lit up. Uncle Scott was there and it was great to see him. I really had a great time playing with him. I got tons of presents at Grandma Jan's! Too many to list really. I got a cool driving toy, a kitchen set, some puzzels, some books, and the coolest tractor set ever! I also got my own stocking (it had my name on it) and that had all kinds of cool little things in it. Plus I got a new outfit, Portia got one too, it is a pink sweatshirt and she looks really pretty in it!

The one thing I got for Christmas that I didn't want was a cold. I have been feeling really sick all day and Mommy says I sound "croupy". I really hope that I can still go to Philadelphia tommorow. Not only will I get more presents, but I really want to see all of my family! I am keeping my tiny little fingers crossed that I feel all better tommorow!

Friday, December 23, 2005

Daddy stayed home today and we played together all day!!! It was so great. I even let him put me in my Johnny Jump Up and we played while I was in that. I like that thing. It is fun to twirl around and I even jumped a little bit.

I got a package in the mail today! It came from but it didn't say who it was from. I guess I need to open the gift (it was wrapped) to see who it is from. I can't wait, but Mommy said I have to wait until Christmas morning to open it. Bummer!

The good news is that Christmas isn't too far away! Tommorow is Christmas Eve and we go to Grandma Donna's house. I bet I will get lots of presents there. Then the next day is Christmas and we go to Grandma Jan's house..there will be tons of gifts there too! Wow, am I gonna have a great weekend!!!

Tonight we went out to dinner to Red Robin. I got a ballon and had a great time playing with it. It was too interesting there so I didn't really want to eat any fries or anything. I had a great time though!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

I am having a very easy week! All my therapists are cancelling! My OT was supposed to come over this morning but she called and cancelled cause her little girl is sick. It must be going around, I just hope it doesn't come back to me!

Instead of OT Mommy and me worked on sign language. We watched Signing Times together and she helped me make each sign with my hands. It went better than usual cause I didn't resist as much as I used to. I am starting to figure out that maybe these signs could get me more cheese curls! Now that would be cool!

I am experimenting more with talking. I have my own language that I have invented, Mommy says I sound like an alien. I think I sound cool, I tried talking this morning at breakfast but Mommy said to be quiet cause I was spitting cereal all over the place. Whoops.

I love my mommy, but she just never gives up! She still wants me to drink something so she got me this yummy yogurt drink. Well she may have hit the jackpot cause I really like it and it is just the right thickness for me. I have to suck in my cheeks to get it up the straw and I don't spit it out once it is in my mouth! Plus, even though it is yogurt I haven't been spitting it up! Looks like a winner!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Wow! I am 20 months old today!!!

Well, we did just hang out today. It was pretty fun though. I got to watch Higglytown and Jojo's Circus. It was a good day.

Grandma Donna stopped by after work and once I woke up all the way I was really happy to see her. She had to drop something off for Mommy, but of course she cuddled me and played with me a little too. It was a nice way to wake up, seeing my Grandma's pretty face!

When Daddy got home we ordered pizza for dinner. Mommy gave me her crust and I was really enjoying it. Then I leaned my hand over the side of my highchair just a little to far and Portia grabbed it! I tried to hold on to it, but that little puppy is just too strong! Oh well, I love Portia so I guess I don't mind sharing. Mommy said that if I wasn't such a nice little boy I would have gotten really upset.

Lindalee (my PT) called tonight. She can't come see me on Thursday! Her little boy has RSV!! Mommy says that is a really bad thing to have so I better not get it too! Mommy said that Jack would be alright cause he is such a big, healthy little boy. I hope he gets better soon!!!

Monday, December 19, 2005

I had a busy day today! First this morning me and Mommy went to playgroup. It was fun, Ms. Dorothy (my teacher) wasn't there but Ms. Elizabeth (another teacher) was. So was my buddy Donny, I love watching him play. I wish I could walk and run like he does so I could play with him easier. Everytime he got close to me today I reached out and grabbed him! He didn't mind, I think he likes me too! Circle time just wasn't the same without Ms. Dorothy, but it got better when they brought out the bubbles! I really like bubbles. Then it was my favorite part, snacktime! I ate a graham cracker and a big gingerbread cookie. I made a big mess all over my face and hands, but it was really yummy!

After we came home and had a long nap my new Speech Therapist came over. She is pretty nice and I talked for her a little, but not much. She brought these things that look like lolipops but have foam on the end. They are supposed to stimulate my mouth. I really liked sucking and chewing on it, much better than the tounge depressors my last ST would bring. The ST also brought a big microphone that makes sounds louder when you talk into it. I wanted to try but I was too shy, maybe next time! Tommorow I have the day off, me and Mommy are just gonna hang out!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Today was a good day. Me and Daddy played a bunch and we watched a little bit of football. The Ravens game isn't until tommorow night and that is past both mine and Daddy's bedtimes! Oh well, we will just have to DVR it!

Not too much else happened today. I had a good time driving Portia crazy, she really doesn't like it when I grab her. I got to play in bed with Mommy, she wanted to snuggle...but that just isn't my style. I got my hands on an empty plastic cup and had a great time playing with that! I am going to have to grab those more often!

Saturday, December 17, 2005

I had such a fun day today! I got up and played with Daddy this morning and then we went over to Grandma Jan's house. I had so much fun there! As soon as Mommy and Daddy left I started tearing the place apart! I took out all of my toys and when I was done with them I tried to get into all the cool stuff Grandma has on her coffee table. Then I tried to crawl places I wasn't allowed to go. It was so much fun! But when Mommy came to pick me up Grandma didn't make a big deal about how she would miss me and how they couldn't take her baby. Do you think maybe now that I am a troublesome toddler I am wearing Grandma out?? I hope not, cause I love it over there!

Grandma bought me this cool reindeer in a rocking chair that when you push its hand it rocks and sings "Grandma got runover by a Reindeer", I loved it! I could watch that thing for hours, even though it is Mommy's least favorite song. She said I wasn't allowed to bring it home!!!

It must be close to Christmas cause when we were getting in the car a Pickup Truck pulled over and Santa was in the back! He came over to say hi to me and Portia and gave me a candy cane. Mommy ate it cause I am not big enough for those was pretty cool though!

Friday, December 16, 2005

Good News! I am pretty much cured from my cold and Mommy is also feeling much better!

Today Mommy had to work on our Holiday cards so I got to watch lots of TV. It was great! I saw Boobah, Teletubbies, and Clifford! Everytime Mommy came to check on me or say hello I just swatted her away. I don't bug her when she is watching the O.C. now do I?

Besides that I got to play a lot. There was a JC Penney flyer that Mommy gave me that really cracked me up for some reason. We took a late nap and I got up in time to see Daddy! I haven't really got to see him much lately cause I have been sleeping when he is home most the time. Tommorow is Saturday so I get to spend all morning with him! Then I get to go to Grandma Jan's house so Mommy and Daddy can go shopping. I can't wait, it has been two whole weeks since I got to go over there!!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

I felt much better today! No more yucky stuff coming out of my nose and I ate everything I could get my hands on. I even played alone on the floor a little today, but still mostly wanted to be with Mommy. I took lots of naps and went to bed really early. Hopefully tommorow I will feel all better.

Poor Mommy was sicker than me today. She was coughing and sneezing and needed me to comfort her! I hope we both feel better tommorow so we can play, play, play!

Being sick really sucks. I am lucky I am such a healthy little guy so that it doesn't happen that often. I feel really bad for all my friends that are sick all winter.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Well, still not better today! Actually I felt even worse. I wouldn't eat practically anything, except of course for Cheese Curls...there is always room for Cheese Curls no matter how sick you are. I didn't even really feel like playing, I kept going up to Mommy and reaching out for her to hold me. We cuddled all day and I only played while I was sitting with her, and if you know know that is very unusual. I am no Momma's Boy, but when I am sick I need her, you know what I mean? So there is still stuff coming out of my nose, but still no cough so that is really good.

Mommy says she thinks she is going to have to cancel my therapists tommorow. She said we will see how I act when I get up. That is too bad cause my new speech teacher was supposed to come over. Plus, if I don't get better really fast we are not going to get to see Pat Winders on Friday! I wanted to show off my new PT skills like my stair climbing and stuff like that.

Monday, December 12, 2005


Mommy and me are both sick! I don't like being sick one bit. All this green and yellow stuff keeps flying out of my nose and I am too cranky and tired to play! This morning my teacher came over and even though I was cranky we got some stuff done. I sat in my new improved chair (thanks Grandpop) and we worked on stacking stuff. She also brought some Christmas bells that were pretty cool.

I was so worn out today I had to take two naps! Everytime I tried to play I would slip and fall and get real cranky. I even threw a little temper tantrum cause Mommy wouldn't open the gate so I could go into the dining room. Mommy said too bad, cause temper tantrums don't work with her. She said maybe I should try it on a Grandma sometime! At least I am not croupy yet, Mommy says if that happens we have to go back to the way! I hope I am all better tommorow so I can get some serious playing done.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

I had a really fun Saturday and Sunday!

On Saturday we went over to Grandma Donna's house to decorate their Christmas Tree. There was a really big green tree in their living room. It seemed kinda boring until they put all the lights and things on it, then it was really neat! We won't talk about how it almost fell and crushed me, but Grandpop Bill really needs to be more careful! The whole family was there, Ben and Becky, AJ and Jeffrey, Ian and Sara, and Grandma's friend Jennifer. They all thought I was the cutest and paid lots of attention to me. I especially liked watching Jeffrey and playing with him and AJ. I got my first Christmas present, it was a cool Tonka Truck! I love it! What a fun night.

Today was Sunday so Daddy fed me in front of the football game and we played and watched the game. It was once again a loss for the Ravens, oh well it was close. The bad part about today is I am sick. My nose was all stuffed up and then it started running. I also just feel kinda gross. Mommy gave me some medicine and put me to bed, hopefully I will feel all better tommorow!

Friday, December 09, 2005

It is so good to be home!!! I really, really, really, missed this place.

The trip to Ohio was good and I got to see lots of family and stuff. But it was a really long ride there and an even longer ride back! I cried almost the whole way, I just wanted to get out of my seat and play but Mommy said no. I also didn't sleep so well in my portable crib so I am really happy to be back in my room in my big comfy crib. I did discover that I can no stand up in my portable crib, I guess my arms are getting longer.

Anyway, I am really worn out so I will give you some more details later. Just wanted to say hi and let everyone know we got home okay!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

I was a very cranky boy today! Mommy thinks I must be getting a tooth because I was also a very drooly boy. Besides that it was a fun day. Grandma Donna came over and helped us get ready for our trip tommorow. Of course she played with me and hugged me and kissed me a bunch too!

Tommorow we are driving to Ohio for Great Grandma Hattie's funeral. It is a long car ride but now that I can face forward and look out the window I am really looking forward to it. Plus we get to stay in a hotel room and those are always so much fun to explore! The other good thing is that I will get to see lots of my family that I wouldn't otherwise see. So maybe it won't be such a bad trip at all, but I do wish we were going under better circumstances.

I won't be able to update again till Friday, so I will talk to you all then!

Monday, December 05, 2005

Mommy and me went to playgroup this morning! It was tons of fun. Still not a lot of kids there, just my buddy Donny. He is the coolest though and I really like watching him. We played with toys and then during clean up time I helped too! Mommy said I did it wrong cause I wasn't supposed to take out more toys...but I think my way is more fun. Then we had circle time and learned all about winter. We sang songs and played with bubbles, that is mine and Donny's favorite part, but Donny can actually say "bubbles". How cool is that! Snack time was also good, there were gingerbread cookies and I really liked them! Yummy. I also colored in a Santa hat with a marker and kinda helped glue a cotton ball to the top. Mommy must have liked it cause she hung it on the refrigerator!

After playgroup we went to the post office and it was really busy. I did not like waiting so long but Mommy said we had to. Plus, our post office sucks cause there is no handicap entrance! Mommy had to pick up my stroller and carry it up the stairs! There should be a law! Apparently there is one...but our post office is exempt cause it is a "historical building". What a pain!

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Here is Quinn during his last visit to his Great Grandma Hattie's in Ohio. She will be missed by all! Posted by Picasa
Today was really fun! Grandma Donna came over this afternoon and we all went to the Down Syndrome group Holiday Party. I had the best time there! There were lots and lots of kids and I got to see some of my friends from playgroup like Victoria and Tatum. I got to eat potato chips and crawl all around this huge room (Mommy says it is called a gymnasium). My pants got really dirty but I had a great time! I crawled around and checked out peoples shoes. Some people picked me up and played with me. Mommy said I did a great job of being social, much better than usual. That is cause I was really comfortable, after all, I was surrounded by "my people". Santa came but I wasn't really that interested, which Mommy said was good cause there is always a long line for Santa and they forgot the camera anyway. It was a really fun party and I am so glad we went.

The only bad part of my day was that something really sad happened. My Great Grandma Hattie went up to heaven today. I am really sad about that cause I really liked her. Daddy says that she is with her husband now and Mommy says that she is watching over me, so I guess it isn't that bad. She was a really great Great Grandma though and I will miss her!

Saturday, December 03, 2005

I had a big day today! We went to the mall and it was so exciting! I have never seen so many people in my life. I wanted to grab every single one of them. I also wanted to grab everything in every store we went into. When Daddy wasn't paying attention I grabbed this cool glass ornament thing, Mommy says Daddy is really lucky it didn't break! After we did a little shopping (and grabbing) we went to get my picture taken. It was okay but I didn't want to smile! I did give the lady one, but just one and they should be happy with that. The picture is for our holiday cards...but they may be a little late.....Mommy says she is sorry! Don't worry though, even if they don't come till January it will be worth the wait. There is gonna be a cute little boy on them!

After the mall we went to the Mongolian Grill. I ate cheese curls, played with chop sticks, and had a whole bowl of chocolate pudding! Boy that got me hyper but I fell asleep in the car and slept in my stroller the whole time we were in Sams Club. It was a really fun day but I was worn out!!!

Friday, December 02, 2005

I was not a happy camper today! Mommy took me to the doctors and they stole my blood!!! Mommy held me, they tied this blue strap (which looked like it could be a fun toy when used differently) around my arm, and poked me!!! I, of course screamed and struggled the whole time! But it was over pretty quick so it wasn't actually that bad. Dr. Crawford wants to check my thryroid levels so that is why they needed my blood, Darn him!

Other, more pleasent, highlights from my day.... When Mommy came in to get me this morning I wasn't wearing any pants! We both thought that was pretty funny. It took Mommy a whole half hour to get me dressed today because I was having so much fun crawling away from her. She wasn't amused but I thought it was hillarious! There was no ice cream in the house so I got to have extra cheese curls as a reward for getting my blood drawn. I shared them with Portia!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Today was a PT day! I haven't seen Lindalee in a while cause we had a cancelation and a holiday. She hadn't even seen my new haircut yet!! Can you believe that?? She said that I looked so much older and was acting so much more mature. We read a book together and she was really impressed with how I paid attention and turned the pages. She also rigged my new chair so the seat back would be in the right position. However....she had to smush poor Mr. Penguin in there and he is one of my favorite stuffed friends! Hopefully Grandpop Bill can really fix my chair real soon, so I can play with Mr. Penguin again!!!

Today I woke up early from my nap. I didn't want to bother Mommy so I quietly removed the chew bar from my crib again. I slid it off and then took the long piece of plastic and shoved it down the opposite corner of my crib. When Mommy came in to get me I was sitting in my crib playing with the piece that was still sticking up. It made a really cool noise when it vibrated against my crib! Mommy was pretty impressed with my handywork too!