Milestones...it can sometimes be a very dreaded word. It's one of the first things that I thought about when I found out Aubrey had Down syndrome...she would be delayed...behind her peers...forever trying to catch up.
For the most part, I have gotten over it. Maybe it is because she is so small and that is a fall back excuse, because just learning to walk is a 1 year old thing...and well that's how big she really is...or maybe it is because the LOVE for her is so much greater and that far outweighs anything else that comes our way...or maybe we are just so grateful that she had open heart surgery at 4 months old and is completely healed that nothing else really matters in this world except that we get to have her each day. What ever it is...I'm over it.
Sometimes the "work" just gets tiresome and old though and we get lazy and stop practicing, because, well, sometimes you just need to LIVE and not think all the time about what you should be doing or need to be doing with her and just ENJOY her...and that is where we are at in some of her development. I have found that I just want to enjoy activities instead of worrying about what she is or isn't supposed to be learning. She'll get it all eventually...
BUT, what I love about these long awaited milestones...is that sometimes, we spend soooooooooo long working at them, that you never think that they will happen. And then one day, when you aren't even working on it, and you are standing in the kitchen making dinner while she talks in the other room....IT happens. And you would think that it was the 4th of July and there were fireworks in our own backyard, because when you wait so long for something and work so hard for it...that milestone is priceless.
So much so that she didn't even want to get down:)