Yo soy La Lay

adventures in family, faith, and Down syndrome

These boots are made for… crawling.

on December 29, 2015

In case you were wondering, no, Tessa is still not walking.  I don’t expect her to in the near future.  In fact, I’m not sure that a human being exists on this planet that is less motivated to walk than she is.

No, really.

She can stand.  I’ve seen her do it. And she can travel across the room on her feet with very minimal support from an adult.  When she wants.

If she wants.

I’m not fretting about this at all, actually.  Quite the contrary.  Cool as a cucumber over here.  No, this is not sarcasm.  I know, I know, this is not what one might typically expect, given my attitude in previous posts.  One year ago, I was impatient.  I will still working on being “ok” with our own pace.

(In this moment, the fact that I was working on it is almost laughable.  I can’t figure out why, but right now, not being “ok” with a slower pace seems silly.)

In any case, we have put all the supports in place that she might benefit from.  Weekly therapy (which again, is not to speed progress, but to ensure that skills are developed correctly), Spio compression suit and pants, orthotic braces for her legs/feet, the most expensive pair of shoes I have ever purchased (they were 50 bucks… I’m cheap)…. Getting Tessa dressed in the morning burns as many calories as a session with Jillian Michaels.

But I digress.

She will walk, I am sure.  She just needs to find the right motivation.

As a side note, we met with our new pediatrician for the first time yesterday.  The appointment was great… Except when she asked about Tessa walking.  I literally had to bite my lip to keep from laughing when she suggested we try “putting some things in higher places so she has to work to get them.”  No shit.

The good thing is that Little Miss is indeed quite little, still under 22 pounds.  And, she is also quite cute.  Just look at how she charms her way out of walking with her Mimi today:

  

Girlfriend will get there when she gets there.  For now, I’ll just be thankful for the extra arm workout I get from hauling her around. After all, if she walks even half as fast as she crawls, we are in trouble.

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3 responses to “These boots are made for… crawling.

  1. Judy Lay says:

    Soooo. WHO wins our $5 bet? I said her birthday and technically I won IF she would have had my back! She COULD have walked …. she CHOSE not to!! I love her independent fire!

  2. Joanne says:

    Aisha still can’t crawl, nor climb stairs. She was cruising and walked before she learned how to stand. Oh – and she can’t get herself into standing position if you sit her in the middle of a room with nothing for support. Our kids are little enigmas. It’s interesting.

  3. Joanne says:

    And Aisha is teeny, too. She weighs about the same as Tess. I love it. She’s the perfect size for cuddling. 😀

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