“They grow up so fast.”
You’ve heard every parent say that. Granted, Noah is growing up fast but I feel we get to savor his development a little longer than a typical child. We are enjoying his milestones at a leisurely pace.
We attempted the jumperoo at four months (like the box says), but our therapists quickly scolded us and told us he wasn’t ready. It was quite obvious he wasn’t. He did not have the core strength to do anything in the jumperoo and his tiny little feet couldn’t touch the ground.
And as you can see in the video, they still can’t.
We Each Have Our Own “Normal”
It is easy to get frustrated because sometimes you just want your family to be “normal” or better known as typical in our world. I am trying to remind myself to cherish each moment and to not rush Noah through his stages.Don’t get me wrong mommies who have children with Down syndrome are just as competitive (better known as comparative) as the best of them. We will try anything to help our bambinos reach their milestones ASAP. It’s why I was at Our Children’s House at Baylor when Noah was just three weeks old.
1/2 Prayer And Trusting God + 1/2 Lots Of Very Hard Work = Our Developmental Recipe
We work hard to get our babies to hold their head up, to roll over, to even just stare at us. We were in a dark room with lighted objects to help with his tracking. Noah spent countless minutes on his belly multiple times per day. You should see how hard this kid works just to do what is supposed to come naturally.
So now at seven months we attempted the Baby Einstein Discover and Play Activity Center (Yay, Craig’s List!), and you will notice his feet still do not touch. But guess what, that didn’t matter one bit to him, because as you can see in the video and pictures, Noah can now enjoy these toys with the best of them!
So we are learning not to rush God. Instead we just continually give Noah over to God, use all that available resources that we have, and have a lot of fun with Noah and all the little blessings Down syndrome brings with it.
For those of you that has a child with Down syndrome (or any disability) what’s been one of the surprise blessings you have experienced?