A sassy, crafty mama bird from Los Angeles
raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Step By Step

Just got home from dropping off the bird at school and I had such an interesting epiphany. You never know when some of this stuff will hit you and you just have to write it down and share it (especially if it means procrastinating going to the gym).

So, there we were, walking down the stairs to her classroom. About 6 kids and their parents came walking in after us and very quickly passed us on the stairs. I didn't hold her hand to hurry her along. I let her hold the handrail and take one step at a time. Left foot down, then feet together. Then left foot down and then feet together. She still can't alternate her feet going downstairs. It takes her a long time to get down those stairs. But you know what? She got down them. All of them. Yes, those 6 kids rushed past us and made it into their classes well before we reached the bottom step, but we reached it. She reached it. Every few steps I'd say, "c'mon, bird. keep it up. let's go." And there she'd go: left foot down, feet together. Even this is an accomplishment when I think back to her early days when we weren't sure she'd walk; when she worked so hard as an infant and toddler to get her weak little muscles engaged and moving.

And it hit me: This is how it goes for us. Yes, the other kids pass her by, but she makes it to the bottom (or top!) and there I am right beside her cheering her on, "c'mon, bird. keep it up. you're doing it! almost there." It takes her a long long long little bit more time, but she makes it.

14 comments:

Kristine said...

Yay Birdie!! I SO love hearing this. Katie is super weak with low tone. She can't do stairs up or down on her own. I have to hold her and help her. I can't wait for the day that she can get to her bedroom on her own.

sherri said...

hooray for little bird. and hooray for that sweet little face of hers.

Heather said...

*smile* love this post! Way to go LB!

BTW- I've been meaning to tell you for ages- this friend of mine I've known for 12 years now, is putting out a new album and it's called....(wait for it)......

The Little Bird EP

:)

http://billylibby.bandcamp.com/album/the-little-bird-ep

Cheryl D. said...

Yay! That's great that you're no rushing her and letting her do it on her own!

Chris P-M said...

Awww...good for her! Good for you too, for cheering her on :)

Chris

TherExtras said...

Getting there is outweighs the speed of arrival. Barbara

Ashley said...

That's great! I know she must have been so proud. And I bet mom was, too! =)

Amanda Broadfoot said...

So very true. High five to the beautiful bird!

I used to be so concerned about when Billy was going to "catch up," which actually makes me want to travel back in time and thump my old self in the head.

Now I'm just thrilled at every sign of forward progress -- up or down the stairs, around or over other kids -- whatever, we'll take it :-)

Keep on keepin' on, Mama and Little Bird :-) We're cheering you on every step of the way.

Laura @ The Things I Said I'd Never Do said...

I know I am starting to sound like a broken record but Little Bird is so lucky to have you.

Lynn said...

All those other kids are peaking way too early. It's all downhill for them from here. But the best is yet to come for our girlies!

Kathy said...

It takes a great deal of patience sometimes to let them do it on their own. Good for you.

Ginny Marie said...

What a sweet little bird you have!

Sunday said...

And here i was thinking I was the only parent on earth with a child who "should" be able to go down the stairs one foot at a time but doesn't.
Sam goes down the stairs the exact same way everyday when we head to the school bus.

Dani G said...

This was totally one of those feel good posts. I might have to go back and re-read this one again and again!

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