108 Early Intervention Physical Therapy Sessions at home
62 Aquatic Therapy Sessions at the Children’s Institute
62 Land Based Therapy Sessions at the Children’s Institute
For those of you counting, that’s 232 hours spent in physical therapy leading to this moment right here:
I have been desperately searching for the right words to stress the importance of this monumental occasion. When any child walks for the first time, it is something to be celebrated. For our family, this is one of those examples of ordinary moments becoming extraordinary.
Some days, this life is challenging. There are days that I want to cancel every therapy session and go do something spontaneous. Then, we have a moment like this, and I remember why we work so hard. I have had the privilege of watching this baby progress on this journey. I saw her struggle and fight, with grit and determination, like no one I have ever seen. I am gifted with this unique experience that very few people get to witness in a lifetime. She has had to fight to roll over, to sit up independently, to cruise, to stand, to crawl, to creep. Nothing came easy to her. It has been brutal work and taken loads of time.
Now imagine that your body worked a little differently, and your muscles were so relaxed that you possessed superhuman flexibility.
Could you put your feet up over your head? No problem.
Could you use those 200 muscles to work together and walk?
Yes! It just might take you a little longer….27 months to be exact
But it would be that much more exciting to finally achieve your goal. It would take vast amounts of energy, time, and determination to succeed. Your mommy would be by your side the whole way and when you finally walked, she would celebrate this life changing moment. She would record it and watch it over and over.
At 2 years and 3 months old, sweet Sienna Mae became a walker. I ugly cried like I had just watched Toy Story 3. Congratulations to my precious girl.
“Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it.” -Amy Poehler