Seth is 19 months old now!

Mommy brag time! Seth is standing right up and then sitting down, onto a stool, at the coffee table on his own! Still a little wobbly, but he’s actually moving his feet when he’s standing there now too! He even kicked the block that fell on the floor at his feet! I really feel like he is SO close to cruising!

Oh, and he CAN crawl on all fours if he feels my hand is under his chest, even ever so slightly, but his preferred mode is definitely to pull himself. He’s been doing it so long, I’m really at a loss as to how to change that!

 Cowboy Seth

He also loves to put things onto his head, socks, blocks, clothes, etc. and giggles like crazy when they fall off. It’s SO cute!

He’s doing things on command, like “Sit down,” “Give me a kiss!,” etc. His signing is exploding too! He signs more, all done, water, tired, mama, eat, and milk, and says “please” at the same time that he signs. Tonight, I asked him, “Are you tired?” and he signed it twice! I guess he was really tired! 

My little man is growing up….

Supplements we use for Down syndrome

I get this question more and more, so I figured it was time to write a blog post about it. I am a firm believer in building up your body with the use of supplements that we don’t necessarily get through our food and environment as well as we were created to do. But I also believe in living life, and not getting bogged down with focusing on it as well. In other words, our diet shouldn’t rule our lives.

Sethy and his hat outside

With that said, here is what I give Seth on a pretty regular basis (life gets in the way sometimes!), as well as what *I* take FOR him, since he is still nursing. This is a good list for me to make as well, so I’m not just trying to remember it in my head. :)

Klaire Labs VitaSpectrum 5.8 oz Powder Berry-Pomegranate Flavor – (He will be starting this next week. We are finishing up his bottle of Nutrivene-D that I bought last year) This is the multi-vitamin that his naturopath recommended because many of the vitamins included in this special formula are bio-available, meaning the body more readily absorbs them.

Probiotics –

Nutrivene Digestive Enzyme – The Nutrivene-D Daily Enzyme contains digestive enzymes including Amylase (breaks down carbohydrates), Cellulase (breaks down fibers found in fruits and vegetables), Lactase (breaks down milk sugar), and Lipase (aids in fat digestion).

B12 in the form of either methylcobalamin or hydroxycobalamin (I also take 1/day of the sublingual methylcobalamin tablet)

Vitamin D (I also take D, but not the liquid)

Phosphatidyl Choline in the form of Sunflower Lecithin (as opposed to Soy Lecithin) (I also take 3/day)





Seth sees a Naturopath Physician, Erica Peirson, who orders and reads his blood tests, and helps me adjust his dosage. We will be adding a few new supplements over the next few weeks, including l-methionine. I will also be updating this post with more information on what we expect these supplements are doing to help him. I am also interested in the following supplements: Longvida Curcumin and Piracetam.

Teaching babies with Ds to climb stairs

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I can’t say how much I enjoy reading! This latest link is on teaching our kiddos to climb stairs. Although I admit there are times that I am sad that Seth isn’t as far as Noah at his age, I look at how far *he’s come* in the last few months!! He’s getting it!!

Now, for an update on Seth, he can now drink from a straw (!!), get up on his hands and knees and lunge forward, AND he is army crawling *over* 110 feet DAILY!! THAT is not including all of the roaming around on his own that he does, just playing on the floor. He is also eating table food, loves ground beef and rice, and will self-feed if it is enticing enough.

We are getting ready to enjoy our Resurrection weekend, starting with Good Friday and our church’s Tenebrae service. I’ll be sure to post pictures of Seth(and the other kiddos) at both services. :)

Who I Am…A 3/21 Post

March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day, and this year’s theme is

“Who I Am.”

The month (3) and day (21) were chosen to represent Trisomy 21, the most common type of Down syndrome, in which the cells of the body contain three copies (instead of the usual two) of the 21st chromosome.

I am Seth…

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I am a child of God…

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I am inquisitive…


I am goofy…

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I am joyful…

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I am adventurous…

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I am loved…


I am Daddy’s buddy…


I am family…


I am adorable!

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It’s who I am!!

March Seth Update

First, I have to define some words. According to my books, “army crawling” is technically crawling, and what we generally think of as crawling, is called creeping. That being said, Seth can now crawl the full length of the house, about 45 feet, at one time!

While reading How to Teach Your Baby to Be Physically Superb, I found that at the stage Seth was at, just starting to crawl, that we should expand his distance 1ft per day, and by the time he could reach 100-150 feet, he would start pulling his knees up under himself.

Well, we started out under the quilt rack in the livingroom, but he didn’t want to add just a foot a day! Once he got going, there was hardly any stopping him! Some days, he will tire rather quickly of the game, but other days, he goes full bore ahead! So, he can make it all the way down the hall and past Daddy’s office door, with us building block towers as fast as we can so he can knock them down!IMG_2624Remember how I said that once he hit 100 or more feet he would start pulling his knees under himself? Well, on Sunday, at church, he got up on his hands and knees and was rocking back and forth!! Won’t be long now!