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.