Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Milestones

At almost 11 months old, Brennan is working on learning to sit independently. Typical kids learn to sit between 5 and 9 months and kids with Down syndrome learn to sit between 6 and 18 months. When Brennan was first born, I thought seeing his delays would be really hard - especially seeing kids his age doing things that he isn't doing. Much to my surprise, it isn't. I obviously notice the differences, but Brennan is on his own schedule and always will be. So, I will do my best to help him reach his next milestone, while focusing solely on him and not what others his age, even other kids his age with Down syndrome, are doing. I also try to keep things in perspective.....I mean, 10 years from now, will it really matter if he learned to sit when he was 6 months or 18 months? If he learned to walk at 12 months or 30 months? Nope. I don't think so. One thing I've learned as a parent is that time passes entirely too quickly - so, I'm going to savor every minute of Brennan being a baby.
There may be times in the future where his delays will make me sad, especially if Brennan seems frustrated or upset by not being able to do things he wants to do. But, he hasn't shown signs of frustration yet and continues to be very tolerant of his physical therapy exercises. So, when will he sit, crawl, walk? Only time will tell and we will be so proud of and happy for him when he does.

7 comments:

Laurie said...

Very well said. I totally agree with you...

Brennan looks SO adorable sitting up like that!! WTG!

Nzingha said...

What a smile he has!!

My youngest son is almost 11 months as well (22nd) and I've given up trying to keep up w/ milestones. I just don't care anymore.

Derek, Kenzee and Gage! said...

Brennan is so stinkin' cute! He looks happy to me! I totally agree... down the road none of those little details will matter! What WILL matter is that he is happy and loves life... looks like you've got that one covered! :)

shaunay said...

He is such a peanut that I can hardly stand it! His new cousin Graham cannot wait to meet him... and see his Aunt Sharon.

Ann said...

Love that picture. He's so cute!

Tim and Kelli said...

Couldn't have said it better!
Nice job Brennan.

The Lehnick Family said...

Beautifully said...a milestone is a milestone...doesn't matter when our little ones get to them...what matters is that sweet smile on their faces...great job Brennan...you are a cutie!