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Adaline's Therapy Room

I have received the most messages about Adaline's therapy room. And I'm finally getting it done. Sorry it has taken so long. My moms is always adding things to it so it never felt "done". My mom ran a preschool in our garage years ago so she had most of this stuff to begin with. She's added new things since I had Adaline, and ill try my best to list where we got those things. Most of everything is from Lakeshore Learning. The therapy/playroom is in their downstairs guest bedroom and it is where we do Adaline's weekly sessions.

The climbing block were purchased off Amazon. We have stacked them (as seen in this photo) to get Adaline to climb and crawl up to the top of the yellow block where we reward her with a Banana.... her favorite food. She actually screams banana when she sees one. If she could eat them for every meal she would.  

You can purchase these same blocks off Amazon for $154.99. Just click here

The sensory wall was my moms brilliant idea. I cannot take any credit for it. She found some ideas on Pinterest and recreated her own. She bought almost all of the toys from Walmart and just Velcro'd them to the wall. Use industrial strength velcro cause your kiddo will be determined to rip it all off. A lot of you asked about the fidget spinners. Each fidget spinner is velcro'd to the wood piece and then the wood is also velcro to the wall. Here is a picture of our Sensory wall and below will be some ideas off Pinterest. Lots of textures are always fun for the kids, and good for their development. We eventually want to put like a wall mount ballet bar up somewhere so she can learn to pull to stand and side step. 

This next part of the therapy room is one of my favorites. Watching Adaline swing is one of my favorite things. She totally says "Wheeee" and now she goes "woooahh". She's discovered her W's for sure and its adorable. She gets so excited on the swing and kicks her legs back and forth and laughs when she gets close to you. Our little bit is to let her think she knocking me over when she comes back my way. She just laughs and laughs. You can purchase the swing here.... and my dad spent 3 hours mounting it to the ceiling so it is bolted up there into some sturdy studs. Its NOT coming down.  I couldn't find the yellow one but they have both Red and Blue. 

One of the coolest item we have that is not pictured in the play room is the sensory tub. A lot of you have asked me about this when you see it in my stories or snapchats. Its amazing for any messy sensory play or even a kiddie pool. We used to sit Adaline in it and put some rice krispy treats cereal in it and let her play around. And its easy to clean, and hide away because it folds into a square. On Amazon its listed for $32.99 and its advertised as a dog pool/bath tub haha but hey... it works perfect for kids messy play too. 


The rest of the playroom is for when Adaline gets bigger. They took the doors of the closet and put in a play kitchen, which I can't wait to see Adaline play in when she can finally walk. And the different centers for when we do some homeschooling! 

 

Another big therapy tool we used since she was little is the Z-vibe fork. I never got around to posting about this one, but its a HUGE help with oral/speech therapy! It base of the fork vibrates, and the tip comes off and has different exchangeable tips. They are all different textures to help stimulate your child pallet and make them more aware of their mouth. For kids like Adaline who have low muscle tone, you will see their tongue hanging out sometimes. Mainly because the low muscle tone and they are unaware of their mouth. You can use the Z-vibe to feed your child as well. Dipping the tip in some puree and it also comes with an attachable spoon. There are a few different exercises you do with the vibration from the fork on the outside of their mouth as well. Its important for babies to understand and be aware of their mouth and tongue so they don't choke on foods when they start eating bigger pieces. Your baby should be able to scoop a piece of food from the inside of the side of her/his cheek with their tongue and bring it to where they need to chew it down before they swallow. The fork allows you to stimulate the inside of their mouth and teach their tongue to track the vibration of the fork. 

 It is called ARKS if you would like to visit their homepage and learn more about their tools and shop these forks and different attachments. They are much cheaper on their website than they are on amazon. Here is a direct link to their types of Z-vibe Kits. I recommend buying the instruction guide so you can properly see how to use the fork. 


Lastly, Adaline has outgrown this activity chair, but we used it FOREVER to help her learn how to sit unassisted. We weren't allowed to use the Bumbo or any other chairs that do the sitting for them. She had to learn how to sit on a flat surface so that she didn't create bad habits or get lazy. This activity chair is perfect! She would sit in it forever and its not obnoxious colors so I kept it out in the living room and it didn't seem like a children's toy that needed to be cleaned up overtime we used it. 

You can purchase this same activity chair HERE. Hurry though, because this one is always out of stock! 

As for crawling, these Hip Helpers kind of worked for us. You can find them here at this website. But you have to measure your baby specifically and order the right measurements. Adaline didn't really like wearing them, but some people swear by them! 

Well, I think thats all I got for now! If you have seen something specific and want to know where its from, just leave a comment and I'll do my best to find it for you! I hope this helped and you were able to find some ideas for you little ones! I think its so important to be proactive with our kiddos. Typical or Special Needs. Their brains are almost fully developed by the time they are 3 years old. So its so important to be proactive! <3

Thanks again for all your love and support. 

xoxo

Hannah Lorain

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19 Weeks Pregnancy & Mental Health Update

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19 Weeks Pregnancy & Mental Health Update

Im 19 weeks pregnant and finally decided it was time to share the gender of our little one with you. We have known the gender for a while. We did the genetic test again, since my chances increased because of Adaline's results. And with the genetic tests comes the gender. I won't be sharing the video of how we found out, because well... we were expecting it to be something else and our reaction was..pricesless. But the genetic results, so far, have shown that we are having a healthy "typical" baby girl. There are no chromosome abnormalities. However....if you remember my post about a 2 -3 months back, I had been admitted to the hospital while I was out of town. The doctors were SURE I had a PE. My EKG and blood work were "alarming" so despite the radiation the baby would be exposed to at such a young gestation, we proceeded with the CT. The doctor assured me that he would do his best to minimize the radiation the baby was exposed to, however there are always risks. I had taken the genetic test before all of this happened, so if the radiation did cause cells to mutate and cause abnormalities in this pregnancy we will not know until birth. They will look closely at my mid pregnancy ultrasound this week to make sure nothing is out of the ordinary, but ultrasounds don't pick up everything so the final diagnosis won't be accurate until birth. 

This pregnancy has been VERY different than my last. With Adaline my pregnancy was so hard (see blog post here) physically but I kept it all together emotionally. Brian was gone, I bled for my entire 2nd trimester and was dilated for about a mont, I was on bed rest and receiving constant "bad news" regarding Adalines health and my chances of ever making it to full term. Then with her in the NICU and delivering with out Brian, you would have thought that I was going to have PPD. I only had about 1 freak out day after she was born, but other than that I never felt detached or depressed. I feel like I had anxiety and stress over her health after the NICU, but we were only apart of the NICU life for a week so it also wasn't very extreme. Life just seemed perfect. We have been so lucky with Adaline's health. She hasn't been sick, and only a few random ER trips (most due to me being a new paranoid mom). She's needed to see some specialist for some minor issues, but nothing requiring surgery. Its honestly been very easy being her mom. Don't get me wrong, we have our bad days. But those are only a small percentage compared to the joy she brings us! But....this pregnancy now took things to a whole new level. 

We weren't planning on having another. There was this one day where we both thought to ourselves "lets have a boy" as if we could decide the gender before even being conceived. And well... I'm just that fertile I guess. But honestly we were so content with just having one baby. We could picture ourselves as a family of three. So when we found out we were pregnant, it was such a shock. Not just emotionally but also mentally. We have been in this process of trying to figure out the next step for our family. Where we should live, if we should move out of state, Brian's career, leaving the army or pursuing a more full-time road with it. If I should start working just to have something for myself. And now all of these things have to be altered or fast tracked before our lives change forever. The stress seemed unreal. And being pregnancy with a girl just added so many hormones to my already hormone overloaded self. Then once this scare happened while I was out of town everything went crazy. 

Some of you might remember the insanely vulnerable post I made about some of my struggles with this pregnancy, being a special needs mom, and just feeling depressed. While there were a lot of you giving me support, there were also quite the opposite reaction. Comments and messages that were just mean and ugly. So I took a social media hiatus for a while, and focused on myself. I have since then seen a few doctors and things are looking better. We have discovered that because I never dealt with and processed everything that went on when I was pregnant with Adaline, I have developed Antenatal depression (AKA prenatal depression) which is a precursor to PPD. So its important for me to get it taken care of now so that I lower my chances of having PPD once Claramae comes. Ive only had a couple sessions, but Ive got to say, I think everyone should see some sort of counselor or have a third party to talk to who doesn't know you and doesn't judge. A safe place to share even your deepest darkest thoughts without fear of "getting in trouble". Hearing your thoughts out loud and emotions helps (me at least) to process and move on. 

I have since then become more motivated to get out of bed, do my daily SAHM chores, and socialize which is pretty important for my sanity haha. SO thank you to all of you who reached out and messaged me and shared your personal stories with me, and words of encouragement. It really helped to know that others go through this too and that Im not alone and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Motherhood is HARD. Marriage is HARD. Life is HARD. It makes it so much more bearable when we share our struggles and come together to support and life each other up. Talking to family about personal deep things isn't always easy, and it always seems to feel much easier to open up to strangers who have gone through the same thing, so thank you to those friend and strangers who stood with me through all of this. You guys are awesome. This world needs more people like you <3 

Enough about me, I know you all want to see pictures of Adaline and know a little more about Claramae. So here are all the picture from our gender reveal. She did so good...until the end when she squeezed the lemon and it got in her eye...but we got that moment on photo and they are the best haha. 

All photos are taken by Everglow Photo

A lot of you asked how I made the milk bath. I bought a lot of flowers from trader joes, and filled the tub with warm water and poured in as much coconut milk as I wanted until I liked the color. I would usually add more, but I didn't want it to dilute the pink bath bomb so i kept it a little more clear than normal. 

Thats all for now. This post is longer than I expected. 

xoxo Hannah Lorain

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We've got a Secret!

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We've got a Secret!

First off, Happy Mother's Day to all you mamas out there. Old, new, and soon to be. You guys rock. Secondly, Im the worst at keeping my own secrets from people, so this one has bee killing me. But I'm SO glad we get to share a little bit about our legacy with you, with the help of H.HBoogie! I have been following their insta since before I got engaged! Their keepsake boxes are TO DIE FOR! If you are getting married or just recently got married you NEED one of these boxes to hold all of your special memories of such a special day! You won't regret getting one, you'll just regret not getting one! I know I did. So I was so excited when they agreed to collaborate together. I tried to come up with an amazing idea of how to fill this box, but nothing I was coming up with was doing it for me! Until.... . 

 

Thats right! We are expecting baby #2! So what better way to share our growing family and our story than through a "legacy box". I collected little items from our past milestones together as a growing family. For Brian and my "love story" I have the journal I wrote to him while we were engaged that I gave to him on our wedding day, our family seal, a locket with some wedding photos in it that a family member made for me, and some sand from our honeymoon kept in one of the vials that comes with the box. I also have all of our letters from Basic Training wrapped up in some twine. 

For Adaline I have some maternity photos I printed, the journal Brian and I wrote to her when I was pregnant and he was gone, and my last ultrasound picture before I had her. The little vial holds the piece of her umbilical cord from the hospital, and the little envelope and stationary lists her birth information. 

&&& for Baby #2 we have our first ultrasound picture! I am as of now 10 weeks along, and due December 8th! 

 

 

If you want to skip to the end, now is the time... For those who want to know the details of how we found out...you can keep reading. 


 

I know a while ago I had talked about not wanting anymore children. That I couldn't imagine my heart loving another. Or share my love with another tiny human. And while I still can't even fathom the fact that my heart will love another child as much as I love this perfect little girl sitting next to me, I know its possible. Heck, my mom had three... though I am convinced my younger sister is the favorite. Well...Now Adaline is their favorite.

When I was pregnant with Adaline I knew weeks before I even took a test. I could just feel my body changing; But even though I knew, I was some how still shocked and surprised once that test said Positive. I remember my world stopping in that Target parking lot. Yes I took the test in Target, because .... no patience. And this time was not any different. I had been telling Brian for weeks that I was pregnant. It was too early to take a test, but I just knew. Which is so surprising actually because I have only had 3 periods since having Adaline. I didn't get my cycle back until she was 9 months old. And even then my cycles would last anywhere from 28-42 days, and aunt flow would only stay for a few days! And this is so out of the norm for me.   My whole life Aunt flow would show up like a wrecking ball and stayed for at least a week. Now I was only a week late (according to my app which was based off a 28 day cycle).

I had taken a few tests 2 weeks prior to finding out I was pregnant but they came up negative, but I was not convinced. I had been feeling nauseous, had some intense headaches and was cramping for a week. So I gave it another week and took another test, but this time I think the test was broken. It was one of those first response digital tests. When I took off the lid nothing came up, and once I peed on it still nothing happened. It usually would flash a little clock and that would happen for like 3 min. But nothing...so I put cap back on and I sat it on the counter. The screen flashed both a positive and negative sign three times, went blank, then said negative. So again I was not convinced. I actually told Brian, The test said negative, but I know I'm pregnant.

Fast forward to the Monday before Easter. We were at my in-laws. I have a headache, I'm nauseous, and both their dogs will not leave me a lone. I mean its pretty common for their dogs to want attention, but this was abnormal. They both came up and sat on my belly and wouldn't let anyone come near me. I literally said ,out loud, " Oh, my gosh! Im pregnant. The last time dogs acted this way around me I was pregnant". Everyone looked at me and laughed and I couldn't tell if they thought I was serious or not. I explained about the tests, but said I was going to wait another week before buying another test.

Then Tuesday came, Adaline and I had a girls day with our friends Carissa and her daughter Kohen. As we were walking around DownTown Disney, I blurted out "So... Im 99.9% positive I'm pregnant". We both freaked out for a bit, and she told me she had tests at her house and I decided I would take one. So once we got back to her house later that afternoon, I took two tests....and we'll...here we are. HA! Again, though I was so sure I was pregnant I was even more shocked. I honestly couldn't believe it. Last Easter I had given birth to Adaline, and this easter I am pregnant. 

We tried to figure out my due Date, and according to my last period I am due December 8th. Carissa made me this adorable chalk board calligraphy sign for my announcement that I used to tell Brian and the rest of our family. I made a plan to tell everyone on easter with an Easter Egg. But.... again.... no patience. I told Brian that day, along with some close friends and the following days after we told both parents, siblings, grandparents, and shared the news with extended family on Easter. I made sure to video tape everyone this time. However I didn't get it on video of me telling my sister in law and her best friend because.... again...you guessed it... I have no patience. I actually texted them because they had been hounding me about getting pregnant for the last few months and I couldn't contain my excitement. However I so wish I would have because they would have had the best reactions. Maybe next time ;) 

Little Side Note* Brians reaction is not included in the video below, but well he has the WORST reaction process.... every time. When I told him I was pregnant with Adaline he said " I don't know how to read this".  ( It was the type that said Yes or No ). Then he says " So yes means....? Ewww I don't want to touch your pee stick". And this time I had the sign Carissa made (that says "Pink or Blue, Either Will Do, Were Expecting Baby #2") sitting in front of Adaline when he came through the door from work and his response was "Wait....so you are or aren't pregnant." * eye roll * Then he puts his stuff away from work and comes back a few minutes later and says " Okay, I'm super excited". But thats a normal response for him. It takes him a while to come around to things. I usually have to tell him what I'm getting him for his gifts so that when he actually gets it he's excited. 

 

We are so excited/nervous for this new journey we are on. I definitely have my freak out days where I wonder how people do it with 2! But I know its possible. If you have more than 1 kid and have any friendly advice, leave it in the comments below! Id love to know how you guys do it! <3 

Thanks again for sharing in this journey with us and following along. 

Happy Mother's Day <3

 

As always these photos were taken by Everglow Photo so if you choose to repost them please credit her. <3 

Xoxo 

Hannah Lorain

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The Little Casita

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The Little Casita

Oh my goodness! Finally. You guys have NO idea how late this post is. This little house was supposed to be done in September of 2016. Then because of "permits" it got pushed to November... then December... and then January... and then February. And in all honesty there are little details that still aren't finished. 

My parents had the WORST experience with these contractors. Like they missed every deadline, failed every inspection, and just lied. Any time they spoke it was a lie. The head guy ended up quitting and my dad had to find other companies to finish the original project. And because we were all just too frustrated and ready to move in, we did so while things still were 100% perfect. But... enough of the drama of it all. It still makes me mad thinking about it. I hate when people take advantage of my dad because he's just too nice. So anyways... Welcome to our humble abode. 
 

As always... all photos were taken by Everglow Photo. Check her out on insta! She's seriously da bomb.com 

 

If you were misled by some of my videos or pictures and thought that WE (Brian and I) built our own house, I am sorry if I made it look that way. We by no means are financially capable to build our own custom house right now. This little casita was built in my parents back yard. If you have seen any of my photos from our engagement party, my bridal shower or baby shower then you can remember what this part of my parents backyard used to look like. On one side they have a beautiful pool, then a patio in the middle and a fireplace with lots of seating, and to the left of the house was all open grass. This is where we used to host all our parties. My parents had always planned to build a back house. It was part of the original blue prints of the yard. They thought that it would be a good space for my grandma to live in if she needed to, or for them to move into once the main house was too much ground for them, or even just to have more space for when all of us kids and our families are home for the holidays. But then I had Adaline. And everything changed. If you don't know this about people with Down Syndrome, they have a harder time living on their own. If they are less severe than others then they can live in whats called assisted living or supported living. Some people fear their kids will never marry because they won't know how to take care of each other or even themselves. So my parents wanted to make sure that Adaline would have a place to live when she was older that was her own space but also was close to family if she needed help. So technically this house is Adaline's. We are just living in it so we can save and hopefully buy our own house. If you live in California you know how crazy expensive it is to buy a nice home in a good area. And renting just seems crazy to us. We did it for a year and hated that at the end of the year we threw away 20K and didn't have anything to show for it. That is like a downpayment on a house! We are so blessed that my parents are able to do this for us and allow us to live with them and save for our future place.  

I will do my best to list where I got everything. A lot of our decor and furniture we got when we got married 2 years ago, so it might not be available anymore.  And all my dishes were from our registry and my mom brain can't recall every piece. 

Im so glad we were finally able to take these photos and I can share them with you. This little place has become our home. We've created life long memories here. This is the place where our first born will learn to walk and talk. Where we first lived as a family of three. And maybe one day Adaline will live here with her husband someday! This little casita will always hold special memories and moments for our family. And Im happy to share our story with you. 

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House Tour Items: 

Living Room Items: 

Living Room Tufted beige couch- Walmart
Couch Pillow & Blanket- Home Goods
Bohemian Rug- Urban Outfitters
Couch Side Table- Cost Plus World Market
Swinging Hammock- The Bee And The Fox
Gold Bar Cart- Target
Tea Set- Miranda Kerr Royal Albert
Round White Dinning Room Table- Ikea
Copper Chargers- Crate & Barrel
French Pearl Blue Plates- Macys
French Pearl Blue Water Pitcher- Macys
Gold and Marble serving tray- Target
Paper Towel Holder- Pottery Barn
Wood and Ceramic Coffee Cup - Aki Home
Hanging Plant Holder- NeverFeltBetter
Macrame hanging art- NeverFeltBetter
White Faux Unicorn Taxidermy- White Faux Taxidermy

 

Bedroom Items: 

Bedroom Bench- Living Spaces
Pillows- Homegoods
Serving Tray- Hobby Lobby
Dinning Room Chair & Vanity Chair- Living Spaces
Adaline's Teepee- Tuscon TeePee
Night stands- Target
Oil Diffuser- Oak Leaf
Rock Salt Lamp- The Grove
Crib Sheet- Woolf With Me
Garland and flowers- Michaels
Macrame Plant wrap- Irie Iris Designs
 

Bathroom Items: 

Bathroom Mirror- Ikea
Bathroom Rug + Towels- Target
Bathroom Collection- Pottery Barn
Shower Curtain- Crate & Barrel
Wood Cady- Target
Ladder- Urban Grey Home
Gold Pineapple- HomeGoods




 

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Our Little Unicorn Turned 1

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Our Little Unicorn Turned 1

This day was so magical. Celebrating our Adaline Grace and all that she has accomplished this year. A year ago on March 26th, 2016 at 8:05 am she filled our life with a joy we have never felt. She has changed the way we see beauty and love. She is everything we have ever dreamed of. Happy Birthday Princess. Mama loves you. 

View this post to join in our celebration. 

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