Thursday, January 4, 2007

Our Amazing Son!

I'll admit it, I think my kids are pretty darned amazing. They are smart and adorable and wonderful. That said, I need to take a minute to brag about my Tyler. Since Tyler has Down syndrome and is obviously developmentally delayed, all of his new major accomplishments are a big deal around here. He learned to sit up on his own just after his first birthday and we celebrated and cried. He learned to pull himself up and stand in his crib around a year ago and we were again in tears. We realized long ago that Tyler learns many things by watching Emmalee. She has been the best teacher for him. Well, the other night, we were playing in Emmalee's room. She has a little climber/slide in her room, (thanks Sue!) and they love to play in there. Tyler has tried a few times to climb on the slide but usually just hangs out and watches. But not this time! Tyler sat on the floor and watched Emmalee as she climbed up the slide and slid down about a million times. When she was done, he went over and though it took great effort, he climbed up the slide, re-adjusted himself at the top and slid down, all on his own!! I just sat there in amazement. When his little bum hit the floor he cheered and clapped for himself and I cheered along with him. Emmalee gave him five! He was so proud of himself that he did it over and over and over. It got easier each time. I cried tears of joy! I wish I would have grabbed the camera but I know that he will do it again. I am one proud Momma!!!

11 comments:

Our family said...

YEAH TYLER!!!! That is so awesome!! I can just imagine the joy on his sweet face when he realized that HE DID IT! Waaahoooooooooo!!!

Our family said...

oh, yeah - our family is Gen. :)

MyKidsMom said...

How amazing! Go Tyler!!!!!!!!!

Michelle said...

Oh Jodie, that's awesome! Reading your post, I could picture the whole scene & it brought tears to my eyes. What a happy day!

Alyssa said...

Jodie those two are just like peas in a pod.... can't wait to hear how Tyler does with his new braces!! He is such a cutie and I bet Emmalee is his biggest cheerleader!!

Rebecca said...

I found your blogger via a search on google. I am the mother of a 2 1/2 year old with DS. I would love to add you to my blogroll, if that's ok?

I will come back to check later.

Rebecca said...

P.S. I just read that your Tyler is just about a month older than my Miss E.

Rebecca said...

I know this might be a bit much from a virtual stranger, but I wanted to point out a dear friend's blog, that may be of interest to you. She is also Mormon.

http://queenserene.wordpress.com/

More about Kathy can be found here:

http://giftsds.segullah.org/about_the_editor_and_staff.htm

I hope you don't mind all the comments.

Jodie said...

Rebecca-
So glad you found us! Feel free to link away and I will do the same. Headed your way now.

~Joddie

Miranda said...

Hi, I'm visiting from a link on Rebeccas blog "The Quiet Storm" I have a 3 year old Daughter who has T-21. I'll be back to read more of Tylers adventures :)

Would it be ok if i linked to you?

Jodie said...

Miranda-
Welcome! Thanks so much. I can't wait to read all about your princess. Feel free to link to me and I will do the same. :)

~Jodie