Monday, August 15, 2011

Words of Wisdom from Other Mamas that Have Been (and Are) THERE

Just a quick post to share some things that have kept me going and inspired me lately.

First, Rachel Coleman - of Baby Signing Times (and Signing Times). I love Rachel not only because her videos literally opened up the world of communication to our Sammie B before the words started coming (she had nearly 60 signs at two years old - rockstar little lady!), but because she's a mom to not only one but two SN children, yet has the most positive, encouraging outlook that she shares with the world. I'm also particularly inspired by her sweet daughter Lucy, who is learning to walk at the age of NINE. Never say never, my friends.

Anyway, I just saw this post on Rachel's blog:

and I LOVED it. B and I have been having some talks lately about how we can make Sammie B's world accessible to her. We haven't given up on her walking (we won't) but at the same time, we don't want her experiences to be limited in anyway by the fact that she's not yet doing so. So, we've made a promise to ourselves, to each other, and most importantly -- to our sweet girl. We have vowed to do everything we can to be sure that her mobility (or immobility) will not limit her life experiences. This little girl is full of limitless possibilities, as is her life. We are sure of it. We will be her legs when she needs us to be (for as long as she needs us to be, or for as long as she'll let us!).

And on a related note, some wisdom from my friend K that I've been repeating to myself over and over and over:

"Our job isn't to get them walking . . . it is to help them achieve their purpose on this planet, whatever it may be." My girl has a purpose, a destiny all her own, that only SHE can reveal. And, I'm (we're) just here to enable her to do so. Along for the ride.

And, oh what a ride you are taking us on, Sammie B. A magical, magical (and intense) little ride.


BLOOM - Parenting Kids With Disabilities said...

Hi -- You may be interested in this interview we did with Rachel -- which I found fascinating!:

Kristen said...

oh wow, I had no idea! Makes me want to go out and buy all of the signing times dvds. I have to repeat my words over and over too! :)

Anonymous said...

I love the post you linked to and I love your post...both capture perfectly what I think every parent wants to be able to provide for their child...the whole world. And all of the extra appointments, planning and effort that it may take for you and B to do that for Sammie B is worth it for her sake, but you should also know that you are inspiring people too! Keep it up my friend!


Sebrina said...

we also love signing time!!