As I was about to start a post, on a completely different topic, I was sitting on the chair watching Malachi rolling on the floor. He is so cute and has master rolling over to his left. However, I have NEVER seen him roll to his right. Until today that is. I decided to put a huge laundry basket on his left hand side so he couldn't roll that direction and I knew he wouldn't just lay on his back. It was a success. The basket forced him to roll the way he never does! I watched him struggling to get over. He was grunting and using every muscle possible to get on his tummy. He let out a few frustration cries and I wanted so badly to go help him. To give him that last little push he needed but instead I watched and hoped. I tensed up as he was making another attempt, he just couldn't do it. He cried a little and took a short rest. It was so unbelievable hard to just watch. After about 5 mins he was ready to try again, this time, it was a success. He FINALLY managed to roll to his right and make it onto his tummy. He could finally reach his beloved piano and his reward was hearing the music after he pushed the button. My little man finally did it!
Nothing brings sweeter joy than seeing the successes of our children no matter how small they are! As I type this my eyes are filling up with tears. I know DS will cause things to be difficult for Malachi and that he will struggle a lot along the way but today reminded me that no matter what the obstacle, Malachi can do it and he will do it, just in his own time (and, yes, sometimes in his own way) and he is not going to always need me there to give him that final push.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
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So cute. I bet you were wringing your hands just dying to push him over. I can see it now. What a big boy he is.
Aw, Erin, another beautiful post. It got me teary eyed just reading it! He is growing by leaps an bounds, and no, no on the standard the have for children, but in his own time and in his own way. AMAZING!
I can't remember how I found your site, but I have been "lurking" for a while. As the adoptive mother to special needs children, I understand and appreciate how badly you wanted to help Malachi roll over. I like how you deliberately put something in his way to challenge him. That is one of the hardest things you will do in life, is to lead him in to deliberate obstacles, or not turn him away from them. As you said, he WILL do things in his own time, and in his own way. When one of my girls (one is a drug baby and has developmental delays and autistic tendancies, and the other has multiple skeletal issues including both legs amputated) says "I can't", I tell them yes you can, let's figure out how.
Thank you for chosing this precious baby to be a part of your family. Thank you for being a Mother that is going to challenge your special child to be the best he can. Thank you for not making excuses for him, but expecting him to excell.
God bless you and your family as you continue on this AMAZING journey!
Your last paragraph was beautifully said! This road might be difficult... but we wouldn't change it for anything!
Hurray for Malachi!!!!
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