Ki Came, Ki Saw, Ki Conquered

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

It’s hard to believe in just five months, I will have a three year old tiny woman. THREE. The years have flown by, but I remember a time when time didn’t go fast enough. During her first year, we were told all sorts of things. That she may have physical and intellectual challenges on top of having to face the world with a noticeable difference that would require surgery. Hours after her arrival, she was poked and prodded by hospital staff. She had scopes and scans and more scans to follow over her first few months. In those months that seemed to linger on, all we could do was wait and see. We already had two children under our belts and had adopted a free approach to this parenting thing and development, but the third go round was a bit of new territory.

I spent my share of hours Googling her condition with little results. I tried as much as I could to not obsess over searching and to continue watching our seemingly normal baby do normal baby things. Then her gross motor skills became a concern. Standing firm in believing that every child develops at their own pace, we gave Akilah time when she seemed to be hitting her motor milestones on a four month delay. We signed her up for child development programs in the event that she would need them. We were wait-listed and in the end she caught up all on her own schedule without additional help. She literally started walking out of nowhere at 18 months. She went from crawling to knee walking to walking in long strides as if she had been secretly practicing behind our backs. She really had us stumped. How was this girl who was told that she would probably need physical therapy able to just stand up and walk from room to room like it was nothing?

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Her first strides were definitely met with relief. A huge weight was lifted and that was one less thing we had to discuss at regular pediatrician visits. Two months after she started walking, it was time for her first nose surgery. She scampered around the children’s hospital pre-op and was ready to get back to living her best life after her short recovery period. Of course doctor’s orders meant nothing to a bouncy toddler waiting for her anesthesia to completely wear off.

Akilah hasn’t missed a beat ever since her feet hit the floor in overdrive. She’s our little happy bunny, always on her toes bouncing to and fro. She’s the bossiest… I know we have our reservations around that word, but Miss Honey demands what she wants from snacks to pedicures, respect from seagulls, craft supplies, and outfit changes. She can be found painting murals on the walls with toothpaste, making pretend phones out of bookmarks, and accessorizing in Carter’s. Yes, Carter’s is her jam.

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From the day that we brought baby Akilah home in her first outfit through almost three years of milestones and everyday moments, Carter’s has been with us providing quality and playful pieces for our growing fashionista. From the very start Akilah’s shown us that she dances to her own tune, through and through. Nothing will stand in her way and I’m here to make sure of it. Ki Came, Ki Saw, and she continues to conquer.

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Sheena Tatum

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

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  • Jackie Allum August 18, 2018 at 8:25 AM

    What a precious little beauty! She’s going to be a heartbreaker when she grows up. Thanks for sharing such an amazing story. xxx

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  • Mommy Rockin' In Style March 31, 2018 at 12:07 PM

    She is so adorable! My son also turned 3 last month. You have such a beautiful story. God bless your family.

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  • Tiffany March 30, 2018 at 1:45 PM

    What an awesome young lady! She has been through a lot and is definitely a conqueror. I love her style and that she paints murals with toothpaste.

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  • BoredMom March 30, 2018 at 12:31 PM

    Your daughter is awesome! She just shines! Love your style too 🙂

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  • Maria Magdalena March 30, 2018 at 8:51 AM

    She is so cute! Thank God she is in good condition. I love reading your story, so inspiring.

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  • Elle (Cleverly Changing) March 30, 2018 at 6:42 AM

    I love the pictures. Your daughter is so beautiful and a reflection of love and tenderness within parenthood. Now that my girls are 9 I’d love to buy them Carter’s still but their stubborn personalities only like to wear sweatpants and sweatshirts. I LOVE THE NAME OF YOUR BLOG.

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    • Sheena Tatum April 2, 2018 at 7:06 PM

      Aww thank you. I’m team sweatpants and sweatshirts too, lol. Thanks, I’m pretty happy about rebranding!

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  • Kiwi March 30, 2018 at 1:37 AM

    What an angel. I think I have been following since she was an infant and she is as old as my niece. She is a doll baby so precious!

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    • Sheena Tatum March 30, 2018 at 2:38 AM

      Aw thanks, Kiwi! Fun fact… my husband calls her “Kiwi” lol!

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  • Alison Rost March 29, 2018 at 8:40 PM

    She’s such a fighter and she has the most loving parents which will definitely empower her and get her through the challenges that life brings. I love Carter’s as well, that’s also where I got clothes for the kids when they were so much younger!

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  • Stacie March 29, 2018 at 7:09 PM

    Aw, baby girl is getting so big and she has your eyes. I’m glad she’s doing so well.

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    • Sheena Tatum March 30, 2018 at 2:40 AM

      You noticed! She’s my mini me!

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  • Kelli A March 29, 2018 at 1:32 PM

    absolutely adorable! She looks like a very happy and content, adventure seeking fashionista! Your gonna have a lot of fun in the years to come it sounds like!

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  • Toiia L. Rukuni March 29, 2018 at 6:55 AM

    This is such an inspiring and uplifting story! Your daughter is a true warrior and such an awesome little girl indeed! Blessings to you and your family!

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  • Terri Beavers March 29, 2018 at 6:45 AM

    She’s an inspiration to all. And her outfits are just too precious. I love Carter’s clothes.

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  • What Corinne Did March 29, 2018 at 3:28 AM

    Aww look at her she is so cute. Sass queen with her sunglasses! She sounds like an amazing little girl, born a fighter and that will handle all things that life throws at her!

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  • Kate Andrews March 28, 2018 at 9:11 PM

    She is so beautiful, inside and out. Your story is so inspiring as well. Thank you for sharing it.

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  • Leslie Heigh March 28, 2018 at 9:10 PM

    A good friend of mine told me after my daughter was born, ” Do you realize that your child will never love you as much as you love them?” This article is exhibit A ! Keep beating those odds baby !

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  • Kita March 28, 2018 at 6:29 PM

    Listen if Miss Kiki don’t come on with all this cuteness. Bless her little heart. I can’t believe she is almost 3. You are one strong mama and she is one strong baby girl. I am loving her Carter’s outfits. Has be reminiscing on when my baby girl would rock all the Carter’s.

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  • Sarah Bailey March 28, 2018 at 5:17 PM

    Oh my goodness what a gorgeous young lady and what a story! She is so strong and so amazing! Thank you for sharing.

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  • pinkoddy March 28, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    What an inspirational young lady at such a young age. The start may have been hard but I bet it has made you appreciate her and everything all the more.

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  • K. Elizabeth March 28, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Hooray for Akilah!! May she continue to conquer whatever life throws at her. I remember stressing and shedding many tears because doctors didn’t think my little guy would walk or talk. But he’s the busiest and most talkative 6-year-old you’ll ever meet. I love being his cheerleader as he continues to overcome every issue that his doctors thought he wouldn’t.

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  • Lia World Traveler March 28, 2018 at 8:15 AM

    What an incredible journey and an incredible child. I have a feeling she will continue to beat the odds with the continued love and support of her family.

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  • Crystal Nicole March 28, 2018 at 7:54 AM

    Such a beautiful story and such a beautiful baby! Love the clothes, and I now have baby fever LOL!

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  • Sheena Steward March 28, 2018 at 7:43 AM

    What an inspirational story! She sounds like a fighter and such an amazing little girl. Carter’s clothes are just the cutest and she rocks them well. But let’s not forget about her gorgeous hair!

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