JJ gave new meaning to "Independence Day" this year.
She decided, while at a family Fourth of July party, to take her first few independent steps. This immediately turned into walking about 7 feet for cheers and applause, of course.
As some of you might know, she has Cerebral Palsy and has been doing therapy since she was tiny. Now at 19 months, she has achieved a goal that we have been anticipating for a long time. As a therapist and her very biased mom, I was always confident that she would walk despite her difficulties. However, I was caught a little off-guard by how emotional it was be for me when she did. I have caught myself tearing up over and over since then (including now), but why?
I remember feeling proud, as well as, cheering and applauding when each of our children reached this exciting milestone. It still makes me smile to think about it. The difference this time is that I don't just see her taking steps without me. I see her overcoming an obstacle and possibly exceeding some people's expectations. I see her being one step closer to reaching all of her physical goals. I see the reward of her working so hard for months in therapy and at home.
I am one proud mama.
She is one tough cookie.
...and now she is on the move!
Watch out world!