Yesterday was actually a big day. First of all, it was Peanuts Gotcha day…what did we do? NOTHING!! We completely forgot and I feel horrible!! We have been so busy and insane planning our Night to Shine event as well as preparing for a youth trip this coming weekend. So yesterday consisted of us going to church, Peanut taking a nap at home, taking her to our dear friend’s house (she watches her during youth group) then coming home, eating and playing. It was a typical Sunday. This morning when I realized the date, I felt so horrible. She deserves a day to celebrate when she officially because ours, and she will get it! Just…when things settle down 😦
But something big did happen last night. Lately, she has been trying to take a few steps on her own. Last week she even took 6 without any assistance but we were so shocked no one got it on video. But last night she seemed willing to try again. With the help of some bribery (Instagram Videos), She took about 8 steps and even adjusted herself when her legs were too far apart!! It took all of my energy to not scream as we watched.
For almost 2 years we have worked daily to get to this point. Attending therapy multiple times per week, pushing her, trying every option possible to get her motivated to walk. Every breakdown, tantrum, and tiny victory was worth watching her take those first few steps. This makes it all worth it! Helping her reach her goals that will continue to make her independent is worth all the stress and worry. Is she ready to take off running, no, but this is a step in the right direction (no pun intended)
You will notice in the video that her legs are a little widespread as she walks. This is very normal for not only special needs children but early walkers. Keeping their legs wider spread helps them center their balance a little more. Often times even older children with DS have a wider step. This is all due to low muscle tone and balance issues. With Peanuts ASD diagnosis, she also has the added balance issues to overcome. This has caused her to be slightly more delayed than her other buddies when its come to taking steps unassisted.
We are so proud of the progress she has made. Today she got to show her therapist, Betty, her new accomplishment. Betty is so excited and proud of her as well. In just the past two weeks she has made huge strides in her development. I can’t wait to see how she surprises us next.