Noah's Dad http://noahsdad.com A Blog About Noah, Down Syndrome, His Family and the Videos, Pictures and Facts that Tell Their Story Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:17:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 A Special World Down Syndrome Day Interview With Todd Wagner http://noahsdad.com/world-down-syndrome-day-2014/ http://noahsdad.com/world-down-syndrome-day-2014/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:23:16 +0000 http://noahsdad.com/?p=11793 Thanks for checking out today's post. After reading I'd love to hear your thoughts on the comments by clicking here ---> A Special World Down Syndrome Day Interview With Todd Wagner

Since March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day (children born with down syndrome have 3 copies of their 21st chromosome) we thought it would be fun to do a special extended edition of Real Truth. Real Quick. (A weekly video podcast where we answer questions about life, leadership, and the world we live in in 5 minutes or less.)  I hope you'll take a few minutes to watch the interview with includes myself, my wife, our 3 year old son Noah, and our friend and pastor, Todd Wagner. (Oh, and our little boy in the womb, Jaxten!)

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Since March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day (children born with down syndrome have 3 copies of their 21st chromosome) we thought it would be fun to do a special extended edition of Real Truth. Real Quick. (A weekly video podcast where we answer questions about life, leadership, and the world we live in in 5 minutes or less.)  I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch the interview with includes myself, my wife, our 3 year old son Noah, and our friend and pastor, Todd Wagner. (Oh, and our little boy in the womb, Jaxten!)

In addition to this extended edition we also answered the question “Is It Ok To Abort My Child If Prenatal Testing Reveals He May Be Born With Special Needs?” on last week’s episode of RTRQ which I encourage you to check out below.

Be sure to download the Real Truth. Real Quick. app for iPhone or Android and check out all of our past episodes. And help us spread the word that all life is valuable by clicking the like, share, and tweet buttons below this post. Thanks!

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You Can’t Touch This ! http://noahsdad.com/car-seat-dancing-you-cant-touch-this/ http://noahsdad.com/car-seat-dancing-you-cant-touch-this/#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2014 18:11:02 +0000 http://noahsdad.com/?p=11732 Thanks for checking out today's post. After reading I'd love to hear your thoughts on the comments by clicking here ---> You Can’t Touch This !

I seriously can't get enough of watching this little boy dance his face off wherever he is. Whenever music comes on, wherever he is, he stops, drops, and dances! I love it!

Click play on the video below and watch him wave his hands in the air like he just don't care in his car seat!

Epic. Cuteness. 

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I seriously can’t get enough of watching this little boy dance his face off wherever he is. Whenever music comes on, wherever he is, he stops, drops, and dances! I love it!

Click play on the video below and watch him wave his hands in the air like he just don’t care in his car seat!

Epic. Cuteness. 

Click here if you can’t see the video.

I mean seriously. No matter how bad of a day you’re having how could you not feel better after watching a video like that? Dancing babies make everything better. :)

Want to see more of the Noah dance party? Check out a few of these posts:

I love how much joy and fun this kid likes to have! I hope enjoy all the cute dancing baby videos as much as I do!

Do your children like to dance? If so what’s their favorite music to dance to?

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The Most Annoying (And Cutest) Sound In The World http://noahsdad.com/father-and-son-making-funny-sounds/ http://noahsdad.com/father-and-son-making-funny-sounds/#comments Sun, 16 Feb 2014 22:32:07 +0000 http://noahsdad.com/?p=11724 Thanks for checking out today's post. After reading I'd love to hear your thoughts on the comments by clicking here ---> The Most Annoying (And Cutest) Sound In The World

I typically spend a lot of time blogging and creating videos that are (hopefully) helpful and encouraging to you. This will not be one of those. Sorry. Instead, turn the volume up on your speakers, click play, and thank me later! :)

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I typically spend a lot of time blogging and creating videos that are (hopefully) helpful and encouraging to you. This will not be one of those. Sorry. Instead, turn the volume up on your speakers, click play, and thank me later! :)

On a serious note, this video was actually very encouraging me. What you’re seeing in today’s video is much more than me just making annoying sounds and Noah cute-ly copying me. On a developmental level imitation is an important developmental milestone, and on a personal level it’s super fun watching Noah copy me.

I love it!

By the way, Noah copying me is cute, but Noah laughing is even cuter!

Does your child try to copy you? What sorts of things do they like to copy? Leave a comment and tell us about it!

 

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Milestone Alert: Noah’s An Official Walker! http://noahsdad.com/when-do-children-with-down-syndrome-walk/ http://noahsdad.com/when-do-children-with-down-syndrome-walk/#comments Sun, 16 Feb 2014 04:45:52 +0000 http://noahsdad.com/?p=11697 Thanks for checking out today's post. After reading I'd love to hear your thoughts on the comments by clicking here ---> Milestone Alert: Noah’s An Official Walker!

If I've learned anything from being parent these last few years it's this; you never know when your child is going to achieve a major developmental milestone! Noah's been working hard trying to learn to walk on his own. He's been able to take a few steps on his own for a while now, and he recently learned to stand up on his own, but today, at 22 months old...out of the blue...did something ah-mah-zing....!

Today Noah became an official walker!

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If I’ve learned anything from being parent these last few years it’s this; you never know when your child is going to achieve a major developmental milestone! Noah’s been working hard lately trying to learn to walk on his own. He’s been able to take a few steps on his own for a while now, and he recently learned to stand up on his own, but today, at 22 months old…out of the blue…did something ah-mah-zing….!

Today Noah became an official walker!

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Our little walker!

Yelp, that’s right. Noah is a full fledged walker! I  brought him to a local library story time this morning and were plying in the room after everyone left when he decided to stand up on his own and take a step, then another one, and another one, and another one….and you get the point. I couldn’t believe it! Once he figured out what he was doing, he wouldn’t stop.

Although it won’t always be awesome to have to chase down a toddler, it was certainly awesome today!

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We have a runner!

What Age Do Children With Down Syndrome Start Walking On Their Own?

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One of the questions people often ask is “When do children with Down syndrome walk on their own?” According to the major milestone guidelines children with Down syndrome learn to walk without support 3 steps or more  between the ages of 16 and 42 months with the average being 24 months.

Don’t Let A Milestone Chart Steal Your Joy

I know as a parent it’s easy to get caught up on these milestone guidelines, but I  want to encourage you to try hard not to. 16-42 months is a wide range, and your child will grow, develop and hit their milestones on their  time, now yours. (Our what some text book says.)

If you find yourself  becoming consumed with these milestone charts, and feel discouraged because your child isn’t hitting their milestones as soon as some other child, let me give you two pieces of advise:

  1. Don’t compare your child to any other child, and
  2. Celebrate every accomplishment, no matter how small it seems.

I find that practicing these two things helps me focus on Noah and how God is working in his life, rather than how God is working in everyone else’s life.

As President Theodore Roosevelt once said;

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”  

Don’t let someone else’s child (or what your child can’t do) rob you of the overwhelming joy that your child brings. Parenting is way to awesome for that!

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I think he likes this walking thing. :)

A Few Tips To Help Your Child Learn To Walk

We’ve written a lot on our site about Noah learning to walk. For those of you interested in helping your child learn to walk on their own I’ve listed out some of our more popular posts on this topic below. I hope you find them helpful.

We’re so proud of our little boy, and my heart is full after seeing him become an official walker! Our son has worked very hard to get to this point, that’s for sure! As a parent there are no words for how your heart feels when you see our child accomplish a major milestone that they have worked so hard to achieve!

Ahhhh….Isn’t it great to be a parent!?

Has your child started walking on their own yet? If so what age was your child when they started walking? Leave a comment and let us know.

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Happy Valentines Day! http://noahsdad.com/valentines-day-2014/ http://noahsdad.com/valentines-day-2014/#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:35:29 +0000 http://noahsdad.com/?p=11699 Thanks for checking out today's post. After reading I'd love to hear your thoughts on the comments by clicking here ---> Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines day everyone! Noah’s on his way to his class Valentines day party looking as cute as always, and wearing a shirt that says “The Ladies Love Me“…which is actually very true. We can’t take this kid anywhere without every lady in the room wanting to hug on him. (He never refuses by the […]

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Happy Valentines day everyone!

Noah’s on his way to his class Valentines day party looking as cute as always, and wearing a shirt that says “The Ladies Love Me“…which is actually very true. We can’t take this kid anywhere without every lady in the room wanting to hug on him. (He never refuses by the way.)

We hope you and your family have a great day and we appreciate all of your support!

What are you little ones doing for Valentines day? Share a picture in the comments below and show them off!

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Check Out The Results Of 15 Months Of Treadmill Therapy! http://noahsdad.com/is-treadmill-therapy-effective/ http://noahsdad.com/is-treadmill-therapy-effective/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:10:08 +0000 http://noahsdad.com/?p=11683 Thanks for checking out today's post. After reading I'd love to hear your thoughts on the comments by clicking here ---> Check Out The Results Of 15 Months Of Treadmill Therapy!

It's hard to believe it's been 15 months since Noah's physical therapist first put him on a treadmill to help him learn to walk! Man, time really does fly.

It's amazing how far Noah has come since we first started, and how well he can walk after just 15 months of treadmill therapy. We're obviously huge fans of treadmill therapy and our son is a living testimony that treadmill therapy for kids really works!

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It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 months since Noah’s physical therapist first put him on a treadmill to help him learn to walk! Man, time really does fly.

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You Have To Crawl (Or Drag Your Feet) Before You Can Walk.

I remember when Noah first started on the treadmill I wondered if treadmill therapy for kids really worked. I mean as you can see in the videos below, in the beginning they would just strap him in to a special holster, lift him up to where his feet just barely touched the treadmill, turn the treadmill to a very low speed, and he would just drag his feet across it. It didn’t seem like it was doing anything.

But it was helping him learn to walk!

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Check out our little walker!

It’s amazing how far Noah has come since we first started, and how well he can walk after just 15 months of treadmill therapy. We’re obviously huge fans of treadmill therapy and our son is a living testimony that treadmill therapy for kids really does work!

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Because we’ve seen the results first hand, we’ve written extensively on this topic. Some posts that have been very helpful to people are: The benefits of Treadmill therapy, How treadmill therapy can help kids learn to walk, and the Free Download of the Procedures To Use The Treadmill Training In Infants With Down Syndrome. If you’re interested in learning more about how this sort of therapy can help kids learn to walk I encourage you to check those posts out.

Noah’s Progression On The Treadmill

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These feet are made for walking!

I thought it would be fun to list all of Noah’s treadmill videos so you can get an idea of the type of progress he has made, and how it has helped him learn to walk. Isn’t it amazing how much of a difference a little bit of time (about 15 months) plus a lot of hard work, love and encouragement can make in a child’s life?

Press play on these videos and see the progression for yourself.

Aug 30, 2011

Sept 7, 2011

Sept 20, 2011

Oct 18, 2011

Dec 12, 2011

Jan 23, 2012

Oct 16, 2012

 Treadmill Therapy Works!

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Yelp. Treadmill training really works!

It blows me away to see Noah’s progression from dragging his feet to becoming a full blown walker! I tear up just watching those videos. If you’ve ever wondered if treadmill therapy for kids really works, I hope the videos above make you a believer! And if you know any doubters, feel free to share this post with them (including your child’s physical therapist.)

I’m so proud of this kid. I know I say that all the time, but I can’t say it enough. I’ve never met a more hard working toddler. All this kid has ever known is hard work. He started developmental therapies when he was just three weeks old and has been working hard every since. We celebrate every milestone, big or small, around our house, and encourage Noah like none other.

In case I wasn’t clear – I love this kid!!!

What do you think of treadmill training for children? Has your child ever been on a treadmill? What therapies have helped your child learn to walk?

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5 Benefits Of Using A Therapy Dog When Learning To Walk http://noahsdad.com/therapy-dog-benefits/ http://noahsdad.com/therapy-dog-benefits/#comments Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:47:44 +0000 http://noahsdad.com/?p=11655 Thanks for checking out today's post. After reading I'd love to hear your thoughts on the comments by clicking here ---> 5 Benefits Of Using A Therapy Dog When Learning To Walk

When Noah was born one of the fist things someone said to me "There's never been a better time in the history of the world for someone to be born with Down syndrome!" I think that's a fantastic (and true) quote, and I couldn't agree more. There are so many resources (and research) available today to help children with Down syndrome reach their full potential, all of which will only continue to grow as we head into the future. So that quote will continue to be more true as time goes on.

How awesome!

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When Noah was born one of the fist things someone said to me “There’s never been a better time in the history of the world for someone to be born with Down syndrome!” I think that’s a fantastic (and true) quote, and I couldn’t agree more. There are so many resources (and research) available today to help children with Down syndrome reach their full potential, all of which will only continue to grow as we head into the future. So that quote will continue to be more true as time goes on.

How awesome!

We Hit The Pediatric Therapist Jackpot!

We were very fortunate to have found a team of outstanding physical, occupational, and speech therapists when Noah was only a few weeks old that have helped him in more ways than we count. We are incredibly grateful for these folks!

What I especially love about this team of therapists is that they are always trying new techniques to help Noah reach his goals. (Be sure to check out this list of characteristics to look for in your child’s therapist.) For instance they started using pediatric treadmill therapy with Noah before he was even 12 months old! In addition to that, they have recently started using a therapy dog to help him learn to walk on his own! Pretty cool, huh?

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Getting warmed up….

How Noah uses a therapy dog to learn to walk.

As you can see in the video, Noah’s physical therapist has him hold on to the dog’s leash and “walk the dog” while sits behind him in a rolling chair holding on to his hips to help him keep his balance and maintain correct posture. He is pretty wobbly and hard to hold on to due to his hypotonia, but all and all I think he did a great job, and couldn’t be more proud of him!

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We’re so proud of this kid!

5 Benefits Of Using A Therapy Dog

To be honest I had no idea what the benefits of using a therapy dog with our one year  were, but upon doing a little research found out there are many. Here’s a few of the ones that stood out to me:

  1. A Steady Gait: Properly trained therapy dogs are able to move forward at a steady pace that’s easily adjusted as the child speeds up or slows down. In other words, the dog will keep up with the child. Since Noah’s just learning how to walk, he isn’t very fast or steady, and we don’t have to worry about a therapy dog like the one he’s using in today’s video charging forward unexpectedly pulling Noah with him.
  2. Motivation: Studies have shown that therapy patients enjoy doing tasks that aren’t normally enjoyable (like physical therapy….which is hard work!) when they are doing things the animal enjoys. In other words, “Let’s go walk a cute dog today.” sounds a lot more fun than “Ok, it’s time to go to physical therapy today and work really hard which will ultimately help you learn to walk.” Both achieve the same goal, but the first one sounds a heck of a lot more fun! (By the way, I’m still tying to find a way to change “It’s time to do laundry so we’ll have clean clothes.” into a fun game like this. If you think of anything please let me know.)
  3. Increase Attention Span: Children (and dads, like me) can find it hard to maintain focus on a specific task for long periods of times. In fact, some days Noah isn’t into therapy at all, and doesn’t want to do anything while we’re there. However, studies have shown than when therapy dogs are present children are more engaged and can stay focused on the task much longer. As you can see in today’s video Noah did a great job walking around the building with the dog and didn’t want it to end when he was finished.
  4. Increases Confidence: As a child starts to see improvements toward their therapy goals while using a therapy dog, there confidence goes up , which  results in the child meeting more milestones and becoming stronger in existing areas.
  5. Reduces Anxiety and Fear: Working on a new goal can create fear and anxiety no matter how old (or young) a person is. The use of animals in therapy produce a calming effect, and helps the child feel more comfortable so that they can work on their therapy goals.

These five tips are just the tip of the iceberg. There are lots of other benefits to using therapy dogs and many studies out there for you to read if you’re interested in learning more. Here’s a few fun pictures of Noah getting his therapy dog on…!

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Snack time!

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He gets excited!

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Hi, I’m Noah.

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Best Buddies.

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“I can skip if you want me to.”

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“Forget the dog…I’m out of here!”

It’s Hard Work…And A Marriage Tip For Husbands

As I mentioned, we’re thankful to have therapists involved in Noah’s life who are on the cutting edge, and not afraid to try to news things to help him grow and develop. We’re also extremely proud of our little boy and how hard he works day in, day out. Words can’t describe how I feel as a dad seeing how far he has come. I love this kid.

Oh, and after I saw how much Noah enjoys large dogs I surprised my family with this guy.

Quick note to all the husbands out there: while it may seem like a good idea to surprise your family with a puppy-that-will-end-up-being-a-70-poud-dog-someday without talking to your wife first.  It’s not.

Trust me. :)

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Meet Jake, our new Goldendoodle.

Has your child ever used a therapy dog? What has your experience been? Also, do you have any pets? Leave a comment and tell us about them!

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It’s A Dance Party In The Back Seat! http://noahsdad.com/car-seat-dancing-jump/ http://noahsdad.com/car-seat-dancing-jump/#comments Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:47:52 +0000 http://noahsdad.com/?p=11634 Thanks for checking out today's post. After reading I'd love to hear your thoughts on the comments by clicking here ---> It’s A Dance Party In The Back Seat!

One of my favorite things about our little boy is how much he likes to dance! I absolutely love it, and could honestly watch him do it all day. What's really funny is much of a hip-hop fan he is. I'm not kidding!

If a hip-hop song is on (in this case, Kris Kross) he'll dance his little face (and feet!) off and when it's over, or if I change the station or turn the volume down he'll say "more" "more "more" until I turn it back on!

It's seriously the. cutest. thing. ever!

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One of my favorite things about our little boy is how much he likes to dance! I absolutely love it, and could honestly watch him do it all day. What’s really funny is much of a hip-hop fan he is. I’m not kidding!

If a hip-hop song is on (in this case, Kris Kross) he’ll dance his little face (and feet!) off and when it’s over, or if I change the station or turn the volume down, he’ll say “more” “more “more” until I turn it back on!

It’s seriously the. cutest. thing. ever!

Be sure to click play on the video above and watch his little feet and hands bob up and down to the music.

And in case you want more feel free to see him dancing to “Call Me Maybe” or Justin Timberlake’s, Mirrors.

…or Bye, Bye, Bye! :)

Man, oh man, I love this kid!

Does your child like to dance? What’s his or hers favorite music to dance to? Leave a comment below and let us know! 

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4 Activities to Help Your Child Stand On Their Own http://noahsdad.com/help-your-child-stand-on-their-own/ http://noahsdad.com/help-your-child-stand-on-their-own/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:30:00 +0000 http://noahsdad.com/?p=11608 Thanks for checking out today's post. After reading I'd love to hear your thoughts on the comments by clicking here ---> 4 Activities to Help Your Child Stand On Their Own

We're proud to announce that Noah reached another major milestone toady...standing up on his own! Most children actually stand on their own (without help from people or objects, which he has been able to do for a while) before taking their first steps, but not our little guy! In fact, we recently posted a video of him trying to stand on his on, but not quite being able to.  This is probably due to his desire to be moving rather than stand still. Kids are going to achieve their milestones in their own time and in their own order which is fine by me, why follow the "rules."

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We’re proud to announce that Noah reached another major milestone toady…standing up on his own! Most children actually stand on their own (without help from people or objects, which he has been able to do for a while) before taking their first steps, but not our little guy! In fact, we recently posted a video of him trying to stand on his on, but not quite being able to.  This is probably due to his desire to be moving rather than stand still. Kids are going to achieve their milestones in their own time and in their own order which is fine by me, why follow the “rules.”

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This is his “trying to stand up” position!

In today’s video you can see Noah going from plantigrade (feet and hands on the floor like a bear walk) to standing. As we have mentioned before, this kid does not like to bend his legs so he is making this harder on himself to try to stand with straight legs. He also doesn’t stay long in standing and tries to sprint to another location.  I have a feeling once Noah starts walking I am going to have to buy a new set of running shoes!

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He can take a few steps without falling!

4 Activities to Practice Standing

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Here he is standing up on his own!

We have been working on several activities to help our son stand on his own, here’s a few things that have helped him learn to stand up by himself:

1. Pulling to stand using objects or people.  You can see our previous post that talks about some exercises to help prepare for this. This can be from sitting, kneeling, half kneeling, or squatting.

2. Encourage play in the standing position.  Some of our favorite examples of toys for this are the Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Fun With Friends Musical Table, the B. Zany Zoo, and Fisher-Price Little Super Star Sing-along Stage (which I recommend finding at a second hand store as they are no longer made but are frequently sold for insane prices on Amazon.) You can also put favorite toys on the couch and let your child play in standing that way as well.

3.  Place your child in standing without something in front of them for support, for example with their back against a wall/furniture, or placing them in standing in the middle of the room. I found that I was the best motivator to keep Noah in this position, however you may have to hold toys to keep them entertained. This is how we helped Noah learn to take his first steps.

4.  Get into standing from a sitting position, for example sitting on a box/stool that puts their legs at a 90 degree angle and getting them to stand from there.  This is a task I will admit we never worked on much outside of his therapy sessions but I wish we had.

Today his hard work paid off as he is getting into standing on his own in the middle of a room. This is Noah’s last major motor milestone before becoming an official walker.

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Here’s that sitting to stand position again!

When did your child stand on their own?  Did they start walking shortly after this?  Do you have any other activities you found helpful for this?

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Our 1 Year Old Travels To New York City As A Down Syndrome Advocate! http://noahsdad.com/nyc-down-syndrome-buddy-walk-2012/ http://noahsdad.com/nyc-down-syndrome-buddy-walk-2012/#comments Sun, 09 Feb 2014 13:00:23 +0000 http://noahsdad.com/?p=11534 Thanks for checking out today's post. After reading I'd love to hear your thoughts on the comments by clicking here ---> Our 1 Year Old Travels To New York City As A Down Syndrome Advocate!

We were excited to learn that the National Down Syndrome Society wanted to feature our little boy's picture in a special video to be shown in the heart of Times Square to kick off the New York City Buddy Walk, and help rise awareness about Down syndrome!

I've already mentioned how much I enjoy New York, and especially Times Square...so this was a particularly  special parenting moment for me. (In fact, I'm such a fan of NYC that this was actually his second time to go...and he's only one year old!)

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Thanks for checking out today's post. After reading I'd love to hear your thoughts on the comments by clicking here ---> Our 1 Year Old Travels To New York City As A Down Syndrome Advocate!

We were excited to learn that the National Down Syndrome Society wanted to feature our little boy’s picture in a special video to be shown in the heart of Times Square to kick off the New York City Buddy Walk, and help rise awareness about Down syndrome!

I’ve already mentioned how much I enjoy New York, and especially Times Square…so this was a particularly  special parenting moment for me. (In fact, I’m such a fan of NYC that this was actually his second time to go…and he’s only one year old!)

The Interview

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All smiles during the interview!

A few days before we left for NYC our local NBC affiliate came out to Our Children’s House At Baylor (where Noah receives his various therapies) to interview us about our story and our upcoming trip. I thought they did a great job with the interview, and was glad they got some footage of Noah working hard at one of his occupational therapy sessions.

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Hamming it up for the cameras during occupational therapy!

I’m thankful for news organizations like NBC that take the time to tell stories worth telling. I hope more of the mainstream media will devote airtime to telling stories of life that give people hope and encouragement. By the way, I think Noah did a great job on camera (for a one year old!) I’m guessing that’s because he’s had a lot of practice!

You can watch the entire interview below:

The (Pukey) Plane Ride

Noah’s been on a lot of plane rides in his short, one year old life, and generally does very well on them…but not this time! I’m not sure if we were having a bumpy flight, or he had an upset tummy, but either way he threw up on me in mid-flight.

It was very un-awesome…

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Yelp. That’s baby vomit on my shirt.

I have to admit, having my child vomit on me while on a crowded and cramped airplane was really, really gross! But…I also have to admit that after the initial shock of being puked on was over (and almost throwing up myself) I was more concerned with how he felt than the small (and texture!) of his lunch all over my shirt. There’s no sadness quite like seeing your child sick and not being able to do anything about it.

I was also worried about him throwing up the rest of the flight, but thankfully I had on an undershirt, Noah fell asleep, and the rest of the flight went smoothly. :)

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Glad I had on an undershirt!

Hanging Out In New York City!

After making it to NYC (and taking a shower!) we had a chance to wonder around the city and do a few of things that I like to do every time I’m in New York. Like…

Play on the Big Piano at FAO Schwarz…

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Noah met a friend!

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I love this kid!

Stock up on some awesome candy from the FAO Schwarz candy bar….

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Yes, it’s as tasty as it looks!

Take Noah to the free story time at FAO Schwarz … (can you tell I really like FAO Schwarz?)

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What’s better than a free story time!

Eat some delicious NYC pizza…

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I wish I had some right now!

And hang out at 30 Rock and Time Square!

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Grabbing a snack at 30 Rock!

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I love these two!

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All smiles!

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Love this kid!

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Hanging out with my boy in Times Square!

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The view from our hotel room!

The National Down Syndrome Society Times Square Video

After a fun day of hanging out in the city we were ready to see what we came to NYC to…Noah’s sweet little face on the big screen in Times Square. After waking up and grabbing a quick snack, we headed down to Times Square to check it out!

As we walked up to the street to the sport where the video would be playing we could already see a crowd gathering, which was pretty cool!

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The crowd is gathering!

After waiting for a few minutes, the video finally started to roll! It was fun hearing all of the families and friend scream and yell when they saw their child’s picture displayed on the big screen!

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It was fun watching everyone watch their loved ones!

And then the moment we were waiting for…Noah’s adorable little mug up on the big screen proudly proclaiming to the world that all life is valuable! I love this kid.

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That’s our boy on the big screen in Times Square!!

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Our little game changer!

After the video was over a few different families that follow our blog recognized us and came up to introduce their self. What a fun treat it was for us to meet other families who have been encouraged by our little boy! It was our privilege to meet them and we’re so glad they came up and said hi and allowed us the privilege of meeting their family!

families meeting in real life from online facebook

families meeting in real life from online facebook

Check Out Noah In The 2012 Times Square Buddy Walk Video For Yourself

Didn’t get a chance to make it to NYC to watch the video in person? No worries, we’ve got your covered! Press play below and you can watch the entire video in full! (Be sure to let us know in the comments below if your child makes an appearance in the video as well!)

Crossing The Finish Line At The New York City Buddy Walk!

After watching the Times Square video and making some new friends we grabbed a cab and headed to Central Park for the Buddy Walk. Although we’ve been to our local Buddy Walk before, this was our first Buddy Walk in New York, and it was awesome!

Without a doubt the best thing about this Buddy Walk was seeing our little one year boy walk across the finish line all by himself! It was a proud parenting moment for sure!

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Well, almost by himself!

The Buddy Walk After Party!

After crossing the finish line we hung around for the after party, which was a ton of fun! It was seriously a huge dance party with friends, music, dancing, and an appearance by Noah’s Buddy, Chris Burke, aka Corky from Life Goes On!

It was epic!

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families playing at ndds central park down syndrome buddy walk

families playing at ndds central park down syndrome buddy walk

families playing at ndds central park down syndrome buddy walk

families playing at ndds central park down syndrome buddy walk

families playing at ndds central park down syndrome buddy walk

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We always enjoying getting to spend time with the Lyons when we’re in New York. They have an awesome family, and a very cool son, Cade, who also has Down Syndrome.

And….if you’re into good books I would highly encourage you to pick up Rebekah’s book, “Freefall To Fly: A Breath Taking Journey Toward A Life Of Meaning” as soon as possible!

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Hanging out with the Lyons!

Our New Friend, Rachel Coleman From Signing Time

My wife has already written about why she cried when she met Rachel Colman for the first time, but long story short, she has played a large part in helping our little boy (and many others) learn to talk! So it was a very special moment for both of us to be able to meet her, and  tell her thank you for all she has done to help our little boy learn to communicate with us.

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Tears of joy!

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Thank you, Rachel!

If you don’t already know about Baby Signing Time please take a second to read this post, then grab disk one as soon as possible! Trust me on this one!

Headed Home

After a very fun trip to New York we headed home with a full heart. We’re so proud of our boy and how he is literally changing lives all over the world. We had a great time seeing many of our old friends, and making some new ones.

Thanks to everyone who reads this blog, comments on our Facebook page, supports our mission and helps us spread the word to the world that Down syndrome is ok. That all life has meaning, value, and purpose!

It’s our honor to fight the good fight with all of yout!

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We’re so proud of this kid!

Have you been to a Buddy Walk? If so, how was your experience? Leave a comment below and tell us about it! (Bonus points for sharing a picture!)

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