What A Difference Three Months Can Make.

It’s been three months since we posted the video of Noah first climbing up a few stairs at home. It was super hard work for him (especially since he was 14 months old at the time!) but he kept moving forward and finally made it! Well as you can see in today’s video he’s come a long way since then! In fact he’s become quite the stair climbing pro! By the way, if you’re child is still learning how to do this, be sure to check out these 7 tips to help your child learn to climb up stairs.

One proud dad!

As I’ve said a million times our little boy works hard and there are no words to describe how incredibly proud I am of him. If your a parent I’m sure you are as equally as proud of your child, and know just what I’m talking about. Every day, and every milestone, brings countless ways to celebrate wins with your children.

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I’m so proud of this little boy!

Feeling Discouraged? Keep Reading.

If you’ve found yourself discouraged lately because your child isn’t learning sign language, or how to walk, or how to sit, or how to crawl, or (fill in the blank with whatever seems to be bringing you down) I want to encourage you relax, to celebrate not compare, and to enjoy being the game changing parent that you are!

If your child just doesn’t seem to be getting something right now, don’t worry (and don’t give up.) He or she will get there. Their timetables aren’t yours. Don’t get so caught up in what your child’s not doing, that you miss out on all the incredible things that they are doing. Besides, that game never ends. I’m in my 30′s now and I’m sure there’s lots of things my mom wishes I’d do. :-) Don’t let what could be rob you from what is.

Remember The First Time….

The best thing to do when you start to feel a little down is to stop and reflect on the first time you saw your baby. Remember how awesome it was before you got caught up on what your child could and couldn’t do? Before you started comparing your child to everyone else’s? How the only thing that mattered with your baby and you? (And getting lots and lots of snuggles?) Take some time today to let that memory overpower your current feeling.  One is true, the other is not. Let truth win. You’ll feel much better. Trust me. :)

Besides you never know what sort of awesome stuff your child will be doing three months from now. In fact, they may just decide to surprise you by doing the unexpected tomorrow! By the way I want to encourage everyone to check out The 2012 Down Syndrome Awareness Month Wall of Awesome. As of today there are over 8 pages of amazing stories about children born with Down syndrome. I encourage you to check out The Wall of Awesome and read the stories, share the stories, and submit your own. Be sure to watch this video to learn more about The Wall of Awesome (and see Noah acting super cute while I was filming it.) :-)

What tips do you have for parents who find themselves discouraged about their child’s development from time to time? What do you do to turn that frown upside down when you start to feel discouraged? Leave a comment below and tell us about it.

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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. Nina Sabghir says

    One year old Eitan has impared hearing due to fluid but he’s getting tubes next month. Today he signed for more while being fed. Very exciting. Can’t wait for more sounds once his hearing improves.

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