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!)
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.
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…
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.
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…
Stock up on some awesome candy from the FAO Schwarz candy bar….
Take Noah to the free story time at FAO Schwarz … (can you tell I really like FAO Schwarz?)
Eat some delicious NYC pizza…
And hang out at 30 Rock and Time Square!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!)