It’s one of those milestones that make you proud as a parent. It’s a day you eagerly await. You take pictures and video and then all of a sudden it hits you. Your once snuggly baby is now a toddler. A toddler who can walk and talk, at least a little, who can use sign language (thanks to Baby Signing Time) to communicate his needs, and who can communicate “yes” and “no” rather well.
For me, the most overwhelming feeling that comes to heart today is relief. Almost exactly a year ago I started this blog. To share our journey, to have an escape from the everyday exhaustion of raising an infant, but mainly to connect to other moms, friends, and family who have been through the unpredictable journey of parenthood. For those of you just joining our blog, our first son Bekytt surprised us all when he was born at 29 weeks. With an uncomplicated pregnancy, we expected he would arrive late, but not early. It was a surprise, but just like the story of Welcome to Holland one parent shared, we just had to adjust our plans. We didn’t know how the days, months or years would turn out. We still aren’t sure of all of his future plans, but today we learned he can walk.
The dream of walking independently is held by many parents, but not every child or parent gets to actually experience it. We feel so blessed that Bekytt has showed us he can walk. It gives him freedom. Mobility. Independence. The chance to run away from us when he doesn’t want to do what we are asking of him. This mobility is so paramount in our lives that when we are able to walk unaided, we often take it for granted.
Walking sometimes takes longer for other kids. Sometimes they have it and lose it. Sometimes they need equipment to make it a reality. And sometimes they simply need wheels to help them go. However each of us “walks” is unique and special, and here at LIVEfor, we want to give every child the chance to have this mobility. This independence. This experience to walk or ride away from a parent requesting their presence and to be rebellious. A chance to be as independent as possible and a chance to communicate their wants and needs through mobility.
LIVEfor...is keeping our mission strong, but we are changing our path. We want to keep this drive for mobility alive and well. We want to connect families and kids and create memories to last a lifetime. I am writing today to share my experience, to reconnect after a long absence, and also share our new journey as a company. My blogs will come back, but we also want to hear from YOU. We want to know your story. We want to help connect you to our community and we want you to help us grow our community so we can reach many many more families who have big dreams for their children. We want you to meet the kids we work with, like Brynlie! I know from personal experience with Bekytt, that we as parents cannot do it alone. The time, the money, the stress, the joys and the struggles become overwhelming when we try to face it in isolation. Social connection to others who know what we are going through can be life saving.
Please take the time to visit our Facebook page and website now and again to see what we are up to. We will share pictures, videos and stories to inspire and connect with you.
-Kathryn Kraft, MPT