Apr 21, 2011

The Best Day of My Life

Sorry honey our wedding day was not the best day of my life. Six and half years ago it was, but times how they have changed. And sorry kids the days you were born didn't make the cut either. But to get to the best day of my life, you must first hear about one of the hardest days of my life.

On July 30, 2010 I innocently took Mark to see a pediatric neurologist since his doctor was concerned about his muscle tone. And I felt like the breath was knocked out of me when the doctor said the Mark had the early warning signs of Cerebral Palsy. Now I wish I could say that I took the news well, but I didn't. I spent days crying and walking around like a zombie.

After several doctor visits with several doctors and months of PT and OT, I adjusted and started to look to our uncertain future. (Yes I know all of our futures are uncertain, but the deal with a CP diagnosis is that you don't know how severe the effects will be on your kid.) But our little Mark is a big fighter! When I push him, he fights me at first, but then you can almost see him sigh and say OK fine mom, I'll do it. And he does it every time! There have been a lot of M&Ms to bribe encourage him to work hard. Way more than I'll ever admit.

Today Mark had physical therapy. Last month we were working on Mark walking while holding one of our hands. He got really good at this and now we are on to the next step. We are helping him walk by holding onto his shirt and pants instead of his hands. He sits down when we let go of his hand, so this is going to make him feel more comfortable walking without holding our hands.

So Brett and I are practicing this today. I'm holding onto his shorts and shirt and I get him walking towards Daddy. I let go of him and Mark took four steps to get to his Daddy!!!! I'm still in shock that this happened. Then Brett turned him around and he took two steps to get to me!!! On a side note, the only reason why Brett was home to see this is because he is still on nights. Finally something good came from him working nights!

Nine months ago Mark couldn't even reach for a toy and now he's taking his first steps. I am so happy! This is the greatest day of my life! I'm tearing up just writing about this day. We were so scared that our son would never walk on his own. I know the road ahead of us is still long and bumpy, but we have so much to be thankful for today. We went out to lunch to celebrate his first steps.


"I'm not going to look at the camera or wear my bib, and you can't make me!"

31 comments:

  1. Gooooo Mark! I'm sure he made you so happy, momma! I can sorta relate to this post, my youngest was born with gastroschisis (where the abdominal wall doesn't close and the intestines are on the outside). She had 6 surgeries before she was 55 days old. It's so hard, you want so much for your kids, but they do things on their own time, their own way. Yay for Mark saying that not walking just wasn't an option!

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  2. Oh...YAY Mark! I am happy for you...this is a great step in the right direction. My prayers are with you and your sweet little boy. Hope you have many more great days in the future.

    Tami
    http://www.thethingswefindinside.com/

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  3. Omg, I'm crying. I'm so happy for you guys!! Way to go Mark!! And way to go Mommy & Daddy for working so well with him!!

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  4. Yippie! That is such wonderful news!! Here's to many more milestone celebrations!

    Best,
    Emily from Nap Time Is My Time

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  5. Awww......Allison now I am crying! What exciting, wonderful news! I have to agree to that being your best day ever! Way to go Mark!

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  9. What an awesome reason to celebrate! Yay Mark!!

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  10. This made me cry. What a big, strong boy Mark is! And what an amazing mom you are!

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  11. What an awesome little boy you got there. And you are one amazing mom. Congratulations on seing the fruit of all the hard work. It sure makes the road ahead seem a little brighter doesn't it?

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  12. Go Mark!!!
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  13. Yay Mark! That's awesome! It's wonderful that you were both right there to see him take his very first steps. :)

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  14. Awwww that's so sweet I am glad to hear that after such a hard long time he is getting better now!!!

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  15. Hi! I am a new GFC follower and I just stumbled your post :)

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  16. I stumbled this and I am so happy I did, how remarkable and lovely and.. you had me tearing up. I look forward to reading about Mark and his giant steps! :)

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  17. How exciting...it's amazing how the things that make us proud and happy are so subjective, based on our personal frame of reference. Here's to more milestones in the future!!

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  18. How awesome! I'm tearing up too! And even more awesome that both of you were there to see his first steps. I can totally see why this is the best day of your life. And it is definitely "something good".

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  19. How wonderful! What a great story.

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  20. OMGosh what an amazing day, and what an amazing moment! Oh you must just feel so uplifted! Best Easter ever, yes?

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  21. That is awesome. What an amazing day. I think you're hubby will totally understand bypassing the wedding day in favour of this one.

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  22. What an awesome and inspiring story! I can't wait to read more of your triumphs, (and maybe some of your tears.)

    I give you two thumbs up for staying home with your kids. I also stay home and it's the hardest job I'll ever love! We seem to be on the same page. Hope you can stop over my way. www.hereslivinthedream.blogspot.com

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  23. boy i can so relate! at 2 and half my eldest daughter was diagnosed out of the blue with smith magenis syndrome (we thought she just had a speech delay) walking round like a zombie...oh yeah, i get that! i wrote about this this week actually, its the post 'the first time' lovely to stop by and say hi from trdc linkup xxxx

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  24. What a wonderful post and thank you for sharing this awesome milestone!

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  25. That is fantastic! I am so happy for you guys, and glad his Daddy got to see it too. You guys must have been freaking out!

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  26. My motto is always expect the unexpected. That kiddo of yours is pretty amazing!!

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  27. What an adorable angel, and such a trooper! Sounds like he is a fighter, hoping for great things for him and your whole family.

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  28. I have a dear friend whose daughter has CP. It has been a struggle for them, but I was lucky to be witness to their little miracle of their daughter walking across an entire room by herself (100+ steps). Don't give up, keep encouraging him, and keep us all posted on his progress. Wonderful news.

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  29. Little ones surprise us every day with their determination. Thank you for sharing and here's to many more 'best days of your life'.

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