Monday, October 17, 2011

Running to Stand, Sign and Talk

Sometimes I feel like I can't celebrate an accomplishment because there are so many others who already do it so effortlessly-therefore it must not be a big deal.
For instance, yesterday I posted on facebook that I had finished my first day of "from couch to 5k in 6 weeks" training. I have friends on facebook who are training to run a marathon. A 5K for them is like sleepwalking...chained and dragging their bed behind them.
But for me it's a huge deal. I'm not a runner. But I would like to be. I usually get dressed to the nines in appropriate workout gear, polish up the ol' tennis shoes, stand in the doorway looking out at the beautiful weather...then go get a cup of coffee and sit on the front porch thinking about how I'll run...someday. (while admiring my workout gear and feeling quite sporty)
But yesterday I did it. Granted, it was a mixture of running and walking, but I did it. And surprisingly enough, I really enjoyed it.
So, I "celebrated" on facebook. Laugh if you want- marathon runners. I took the first step (haha) towards doing something that I've always romanticized in my mind. (and for the record, since today's job was to "rest" I nailed that a well)
For Addison, every small thing is such a HUGE celebration for us, but sometimes I hesitate to post every detail here because I know she has other T21 friends who have already been rockin' those skills for months.
But today's speech therapy deserves to be celebrated- all comparisons aside. Because Addison.did.awesome.
She pushed to stand from the floor (brand new skill), she said "ball" and "up" (rather enthusiastically...first words!), she signed "shoe" (and she's been signing "more" and waving "goodbye" all week...first signs!)
When I start crying in therapy, I know it's going to be a good day.
and today- yes, there were tears.
for my amazing daughter.
Who cares that other kids have beeng signing, standing and talking for months now...Addion did all of that for the first time today and I'm going to celebrate! YAY ADDISON! I'm contemplating making a cake (which would correspond nicely to my parent's 30th anniversary today) but lack two ingredients and am trying to figure out if I'm up for the hour production to get to the car for the 15 minute grocery store run in.
So maybe no cake.
Is it just me or has the talent gotten more demanding? I guess it's time to go figure out a cake I DO have all of the ingredients to...

*Carter was napping during photo time...don't worry, Addison didn't accomplish her one weekend goal: "Send back baby"

28 comments:

  1. Adorable. Absolutely adorable. And go girl Addison and go girl Deanna. I am in awe of you for buckling down and running. What do you do with the kids? They're my excuse not to run. Haha. :) And wow. So much new stuff in one week - Addison. Wahoo! Pretty impressive. Thanks for sharing Deanna. I'm going to be sad when October is over and we don't have the daily posts with the heart-MELTING pictures.

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  2. I think about running everyday, but I rarely even get the gear on so you are one step ahead of me! :)

    Celebrate, cheer and post every exciting new thing that Addison does because it's so fun to read about! She had an awesome day that will lead to many, many more!!! I love, love, love all of the fall pictures!!!!

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  3. And another wonderful accomplishment: these AWESOME pumpkin pictures. I love what you've captured!

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  4. Those are incredible accomplishments. Go Addison. And I say celebrate them when they happen, because they're hers. Who cares who else can already do it. And the pictures in the sweater with the hat are killing me!

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  5. She is such a doll!!!! You should celebrate!! You should bake a cake, go outside and scream it if you want. All these things she does is amazing, regardless the time it takes. I know exactly how you feel, who cares when all the other kids are doing things addison is yours and her accomplishments are what make us feel like the amazing parents we are :)

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  6. Celebrating such accomplishments is a must! Love the photos! So proud of you Addison!

    Love, Aunt Cousin Kristen

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  7. Sooooo cute....just adorable!!!! Are we being a little dramatic in the last picture? Not that little girls are ever like that!

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  8. These pictures are gorgeous!!! Addison is too cute and the colors turned out fabulous! Way to go on the running, some day I'd like to try it out myself!

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  9. Yea Addison! Congrats on accomplishing your running! :) The pictures of Addison are absolutely adorable!

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  10. YAY Addison! those are amazing accomplishments and you SHOULD shout them from your rooftop! Addison is doing awesome!!! i love it! congrats...and these photos are adorable ps.

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  11. I hate to see Addison cry! However, we all have some drama queen in us.

    Wonderful shots and BIG accomplishments!

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  12. Yay, Addison! Don't compare... just celebrate her amazing skills!!! :)

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  13. Ok if anyone gives you grief that starting running is not an amazing accomplishment, i'll have words with them... It is hard and you are awesome for starting! And... Your little pumpkin is affordable and he accomplishments are also amazing!

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  14. Ahhh, who cares what other kids have been doing for months...You better post EVERY. SINGLE. THING. Chubbs does because we her fans want to hear all the details!!

    And good for her standing up all on her own...Russell has yet to do that! Oh, and the pictures were lovely in this post!

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  15. Who cares!! Post it all!! Celebrate it all!!!!

    I actually just wrote a post on something similar, when other children hit their milestones first and it made me think of this.

    Addison deserves all the praise she can get, she is doing awesome!! Two new words and new signs all in one week plus new motor skill!!!! Amazing!!

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  16. Yay Addison! What an awesome accomplishment! Love the pics too!

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  17. Yay Addison!! And Yay Deanna!! I would totally be celebrating if I had done the first Couch 2 5K day! I love love love the pictures!!

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  18. I say go ahead and ramble on and on about every little accomplishment. They ARE all huge steps, even IF so and so's kid has been doing it for months. Yours hasn't. And you shouldn't feel in any way that Addison's are less noteworthy because it took her longer. I know I for one will celebrate all of them with you...and I know for a fact that I am going to be the one bragging my butt off every time Liddy accomplishes anything lol
    The pictures are gorgeous. But then how could they not be? Addison is one gorgeous girl too! :)

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  19. First off, I love the photos!

    Yea for first words!! That is the best feeling- one of my favorite mom moments, definitely. And I think you should celebrate even small things- I do! Millie decided she could use a fork tonight, out of the blue. It's a little thing and she'll probably forget tomorrow, but we made the biggest deal out of it- because it IS a big deal- because she's ours. :)

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  20. amazingly cute pictures! Wow it sounds like baby girl flipped a speech switch! Go girl! And by the way I never get tired of your reports of every little achievement. that's actually one of the things I like about Down syndrome...the lack of timeline expectations and addition of wild celebratory parties over little things :)

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  21. Yay Addison!!!! SO proud of you and your HUGE accomplishments. Cute cute photos by the way.

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  22. Any accomplishment that is made in your family is reason to celebrate. While others may do it sooner-what matters is that Addison is doing it-as she sets the bar for her own accomplishments! So Way To Go Addison! and... Way to go Mom-your accomplishment is awesome as well. I would just love to give you both a hug!

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  23. You are a "step" ahead of me. I have the Couch to 5-K website saved as a favorite on my computer. That's as far as I have gotten, so the fact you did day one is an accomplishment to me!

    First words are the best...whether it meets "the world's" timeline, or the perfect timing of your daughter. She is speaking at the right time for HER...and that's what is important!

    Congrats to both of you...here's to more talking, and running!! (One day you will look back on this day and think...will she ever STOP talking for 5 minutes! Ha!)

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  24. Congratulations. Mom! Yeah, Addison!!! Nice to see Grandma and Grandpa Sanford's pictures, too. What a beautiful time to visit Vermont as if having grand-babies there isn't reason enough to visit!
    My sister called every time my niece or nephew did anything notable! I didn't think I did anything as a child because it wasn't in my nearly empty baby book -- just footprints and I thought they could be anybody's! (Mom finished the baby book after she retired and it was given to me to celebrate my second master's! Just as welcome then or perhaps more so.) So you feel free to shout from the house tops so we can celebrate. I just ate two Tootsie rolls in honor of Addison -- almost chocolate! No other chocolate around the office.:-(
    Love,
    Doc

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  25. I haven't ran for a few years. After reading one of your older post I was thinking about it... so yesterday and today I walked 2 miles. Nothing in comparison to your marathon friends, but 2 more miles than I had in the days before. I am acutally sore. :) Thanks for the inspiration from you, and Addison, who does things for months before my Maddison. I feel like I will be sad if you don't post everyday after Ds month. Thanks for making me giggle everyday!

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  26. Wow, YAY! Those are HUGE accomplishments!! Hooray for signs! Oh, how your life will change with that added communication... :-) Love, love, love the pics of your beautiful girl (but the crying one made me so sad!!!).

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