Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Up and Down, High and Low

I'm sure it comes as no surprise to any parent out there that every day brings its own set of challenges when it comes to raising a child. You don't have to have a child with special needs to know that. But, when you do have a child that has a unique set of challenges, it can seem a bit overwhelming at times.

However, the good thing is that there is always a bright spot in a day and sometimes you have to look harder than others for it. Of all the things that have been frustrating lately with feeding issues and a growing list for a toddler boy who is also teething (and just being a toddler boy), there have also been bright spots as well. For every thing that is frustrating in a day with Colin, there are plenty of other things that are exciting and rewarding.

Like this...



Crawling on hands and knees isn't something that Chris and I have stressed out about because Colin has slowly been getting there. He has taken a "crawl" here and there and his amount of crawls and "steps" have been increasing. We witnessed his most consecutive hands and knees crawling yet tonight and although we didn't get all of it on camera, we are completely excited nonetheless.

Our other bright spot is that Colin's communication has been increasing and it seems like every day he is making a new sound or "saying" a new word. Most of the words he says are ones that most people wouldn't recognize, but we have begun to realize what he associates certain sounds with and that "vocabulary" of sounds is always growing.

So yes, every day IS challenging and frustrating. But, every day IS a new day and every day has plenty of rewarding moments as well...sometimes you just have to look for them!

11 comments:

Rochelle said...

WOO HOO look at him go! Great stuff Colin.

Nana said...

Yaaaay!! Colin!!!!

Becca said...

Yay, Colin!! Btw, just the fact that he has word approximations or sounds that mean something to him is HUGE. It sounds like his communication and gross motor skills are coming along beautifully!! Hugs to Colin from Sammi!!

ch said...

That. Crawl. Is. BEAUTIFUL. Oh, how I ache for Biggs to put his knees to the floor. He STAUNCHLY refuses. Won't play on his knees. Won't let 'em hit the ground. He has carpet burn from his ankle to hip from his ridiculous butt scoot. Oh, it breaks my heart.

And my FAVORITE part of the video? THAT FACE that he makes after you CLEARLY throw the ball out of his immediate reach. HILARITY. "Dad, can you BELIEVE it? Can you BELIEVE my mean mom would DO it? C'mon...help a brother OUT."

And, I must add, it is SO weird seeing Jace's head on that long, lanky body. So weird. xoxoxoxo to you, Colin. That crawl of yours is a thing of wonder and your elementary teachers are going to be SO glad your brain is trained to communicate with both sides like that. I promise ya. xoxox

babypelly said...

First time reading your blog -- Got tears to my eyes watching your little one crawl!!! Way to go, Colin!!!!

viv said...

Great stuff Colin !

Kelly said...

Yeah Colin.....look at you go!!! Kelli, I can't wait until we get together again.......how much FUN the boys will have!!!! Aren't these rewards priceless and so worth waiting for??!!! ((HUGS))

Jenny said...

That was awesome to watch! Way to go Colin :)

Patti said...

Kelli, can you send me a photo of Colin for a slideshow I am putting together for Lily's blog? pretty please? :)

Michelle said...

So true about the frstrations and challenges and rewards of parenting! Go Colin!

Natalia said...

SOOOO PROUD OF YOU COLIN!!! I was beaming as I watched this video. (And got a tear in my eye...he he)

I love you!! xoxo