Here is Madison walking around our flower bed last Thursday. May 19th. She is now 28 months old. Since then she has been walking around the house almost exclusively, although she is crawling or using her walker outside on uneven ground. I took this video with my phone so it is a bit fuzzy.
I just love the sound of her little feet walking around the house! Her shoes squeak a little, and I can hear her making her way through the kitchen, down the hall, etc. She is so proud of this new skill! She just walks back and forth all day long. :)
So yesterday, Madison decided she can walk around the house without my finger! Yay!! She's 28 months now, and it's been such slow progress! When you are used to a milestone being reached and passed within a few days with typical kids, it can be very frustrating to wait 6 months from first steps to actual independent walking. But what a blessing it is to see. :)
Today was our first baseball game(s) of the season. I so much appreciated the glimpse of warmth and sunshine that accompanied them. Ethan and Seth were at separate fields, so I took Abigail and Madison with me to Ethan's, and my parents took Seth and Hannah to his. This year is different. I don't have to push a stroller full of toddlers to the field, and although Abigail is still pushing her boundaries, we got over the first clash of wills with her, and I was able to actually *watch the game!
Another difference.... Madison is older, and not quite walking. I almost brought her walker with us, but left it because she generally abandons it anyway, and it's just another item to carry around for me. But tonight I think she noticed that she is different. She was playing with Abby and a group of other girls, all around ages 3-4. Older than Maddie, but the same ages as her siblings, so she thinks she should fit right in. But she couldn't keep up with them, and although she played fine throughout the game, she wanted to have me walk her around instead of crawl. Should have brought the walker. She is so close to independent walking, but on dirt and grass, she isn't close.
When we got home, she walked across the kitchen without being coaxed! I was shocked! She walks a little here and there, along side the couch, or when someone is working with her. But this is a first! I'm so happy for her, yet a bit sad that she may have felt left out at the ball field. I'm sure it's the first of many instances like this that she will face in her life. I love that she is feeling more motivated to walk.
But with every mile stone reached, I feel a little sadness for how hard it is for her. I know other parents with challenged kids can understand....
I'm married to Tim, the most wonderful husband and father I could hope for. We have 7 children. Kirsten, Linda, Seth, Ethan, Hannah, Abigail, and little Madison Hope, who was born with spina bifida. As a family, we strive to serve the Lord, and be used of Him as He would like. I pray the Lord shows His strength through our weakness.