Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Day She Walked

There are moments in life that you just know, without doubt, you will remember always. You capture the images in your mind, and play them out like movies, over and over...and they always bring you right back to that time and place, where life suddenly changed, and you changed with it.

I will always remember the day my little girl walked on her own.

It started last week. After a very lazy Christmas holiday, I was so frustrated to see how much ground we had lost in PT. Maddie was not interested in cruising, standing, or using her walker. She got so used to everyone holding her, and carrying her around, that she even fussed when I'd make her crawl to me. It was a very depressing PT session. I realized that unless Maddie is pushed and challenged on a daily basis, she will not continue to progress. So I pushed. The next day I pulled the walker out, and started walking with her. After a few minutes, Maddie caught sight of our cat. She squealed and started to follow him. She was moving at a steady pace, and I soon realized she was holding her own...so I let go.

She made it about 10 feet, before dropping to her knees to continue the chase. I was beyond excited. I was in disbelief. I still am. The next day I set her up at our doorstep, and watched as she walked to the end of our driveway and back. It's hard to believe that she just started crawling in October, and here we are now.

So then Friday I took the kids to visit my Grandparents in Hammond. They love it out there. Mason got to rake and dump leaves, and Maddie got to show her new skills.

It was such a fun day, and I was so excited to share this little miracle with them. They pray for Maddie day and night, and I knew they would appreciate those wobbly little steps as much as anyone ever would.

Look out world....This girl's going places.


  1. Oh wow! Look at her GO! She is the cutest pigtail-wearing walker around!! ;) LOVE IT! So happy for you guys!

  2. Look at her go!! She's a natural. What a wonderful way to start the year!

  3. Woo Hoo! Very exciting stuff!!

  4. YAY! It's SO exciting!!! And you are not going to get over it any time soon, if ever. 6 months from now, you're going to be watching her walk, just shaking your head and tearing up. Taking nothing for granted.

  5. Simply wonderful! What a strong and determined little girl you have. Very, very exciting!

  6. oh my gosh, so exciting. happy tears!!! Go Maddie go!!!

  7. Maddie is amazing. She is also too cute in her pigtails and jeans, and striped shirt. And, she IS going places. Awesome!

  8. Incredible progress! I'm so excited for you, Maddie :) Hugs to y'all


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