Sitting And Squash – A Big Day For Noah!

Today was a big day for Noah! At his physical therapy appointment he sat up on his own for the first time ever!!! Granted it wasn’t long (about five seconds) but he did it! Yeah…!!! This kid works harder then most adults I know; between his physical, occupational, and speech therapy appointments, he never stops. However, God has really used all of these therapies to help him get stronger.

Children born with Down Syndrome have hypotonia, which is basically low muscle tone. This is why it’s very important for them to start early intervention as soon as possible in order to maximize their growth and development. I must say we have been very happy with Noah’s progress since starting Our Children’s House At Baylor at three weeks old! Noah will be seven months old on the 15th of this month, and he has been working s0 hard at all of these appointments pretty much his entire life! But it isn’t just Noah…we too have been going to what seems like endless appointments since Noah was born…but it’s ok! However, I can’t explain how it feels when a day like today happens, and you see all of your sons hard work pay off! He sat up on his own for about five seconds…but let me tell you, those five seconds were priceless to us! What a cool feeling is was to see this little guy sit all on his own after months of us having to hold him up!

Our son with down syndrome at physical therapy

This kid works hard!

It’s the little things (like five seconds of your kid sitting up) that really mater.

Later that night Noah got to have his first ever squash! As you can see (and hear) in the video, this kid really enjoys squash (and peas, and bananas!) He is doing so well eating from a spoon….it’s so fun to watch!

Our son was born with down syndrome and blue eyes

Tomorrow (actually later on today) we have a weight check at Noah’s pediatrician. The last time we saw her for his six month visit he hadn’t gained any weigh so we upped his feedings, and are praying for a weight gain at today’s visit.


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About Rick Smith

Hi, I'm Noah's Dad and I'm passionate about giving the world a window into our life as we raise our son who was born with Down syndrome. I also enjoy connecting with other families, so let's stay connected.


  1. How amazing!! 🙂

  2. Precious little boy! I am so glad that I found your blog. I look forward to watching more short videos of Noah 🙂

    I voted for you at Circle of Moms

    God Bless!

  3. So glad you stopped by! Actually, I was just visiting Noah yesterday for the first time but I was so tired I had to cut it short!

    Congrats on precious Noah and awesome blog you have!

  4. karen kramer says:

    awwww man I loved this one today! Btw…have you guys been told at least once or twice how AMAZING his eyes are!?!

    It is hard thinking about how hard our little guy is going to have to work once home since he has never had therapy. It is so fun getting to read all about Noah’s journey. We know this will be a different experience stepping into life with a munchkin that needs some extra stuff especially 2 years into it:) and yall’s site is a blessing to us! Thank you guys!!! And thank you sweet little Noah!

  5. Great news!! I think you mean hypotonia.

  6. Noah can chow down on some squash can’t he!!! LOVE IT!

  7. That’s so AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! I know how hard it is to do the “little things” because I have Cerebral Palsy. Way to go Noah!!!!!!!!!!!!

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