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Connecting the Rainbow
"Y'all - don't miss it. Don't get so caught up in what your sweet baby is doing or not doing. Don't obsess about this step or the next step or the one after that or what is going to happen twenty years down the line. Because one day you'll look at baby pictures and think about how adorable that baby was and how all you can remember is therapy and you can't even remember what her hair smelled like. So, ENJOY your baby. It doesn't matter when they walk or crawl or talk. It matters that they are here and that you love them and that they know it. Just don't miss it."
This footage is from this afternoon, but Finn did his first real walking last night. Over the last month or so, he would occasionally take two unassisted steps when moving between furniture, but real, honest to goodness walking? I swear I've lately been feeling the beginning of a faint despair, wondering why he hasn't really walked yet. Watching him tear around the house behind his push toy, and even stand unassisted in front of a mirror and clap and dance with his reflection, I kept thinking, "He could walk if he wanted to, he just hasn't figured out yet that he can. When's he going to figure it out?" And as with most things with Finn, just when I'm getting to the point of feeling really concerned and sad, he takes a giant leap. Time after time he shows me that he'll do things when he's ready, and not a moment sooner.
So I just happened to walk into the living room last night and lo and behold, there was Finn, holding a ball in one hand and toddling across the floor. I swear, I thought for a split second that I was hallucinating. Seeing him traveling upright like that was a little like walking into the room and seeing your cat walking upright - it was that unexpected and alien a sight.
And since then, he's been toddling all over the place - there's no stopping him now! It's so funny, it's like he's been doing it forever.
How sweet it is, the payoff after all the waiting. Every achievement is so hard-won with him, and all the more precious because of it.
On July 7, 2008 our sixth child, Finnian, was born at home into loving hands. Shortly after he was born, we learned that he has Down syndrome. This is the ongoing story of how our family is being transformed by this little boy.
Hi! I'm Lisa, a 40-something Wonder Mom to six kiddos: Kevin (14), Joey (9), twins, Annabelle and Daisy (6), Lilah (4) and Finnian (3). Oh, and my husband is the multi-talented Michael. He tries to keep me in check, but I just keep on writing.