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.