Bennett has been working hard in PT and he can now stay up on his hands and knees for a good amount of time! For most babies his age this comes naturally and probably quite easily but for a baby that has lower tone-it's hard work! I'm a realist and I'm not going to sit here and deny the fact that Bennett has lower tone because he does. I have no idea if it's low for a baby with Down syndrome but I know it's lower than a baby that doesn't have Down syndrome. And really I'm okay with that. If Bennett is crawling by 15 months I'll be thrilled!
I've come to the point where I know I am doing pretty much everything I can right now to help Bennett but in the end, Bennett is his own person and is going to do things when he's ready. There's a lot of uncertainty with Bennett but then again, isn't there with every child? Mike and I were talking briefly about school and I said "you know, it's going to be tough when he starts school and the whole kindergarten thing?" And Mike said, "so he won't be on the typical path, that's okay." And you know what? He's absolutely right. I'm so glad I have a husband like Mike to level me out and keep me from basically getting hysterical over something...well and maybe everything-LOL. Me, get hysterical, NO WAY!:) My family is chuckling at that sentence!
Every once in while, not often though, I find myself thinking what would Bennett be like and what would he be doing if he didn't have Down syndrome? But then I have to remind myself, there was never a Bennett of mine that didn't have Down syndrome. He's always had it (since conception matter of fact) so he wouldn't be my Bennett if he didn't have that extra chromosome.
Needless to say, my son will have to work hard at everything he does but there is nothing wrong with a hard worker. Mike and I come from families of hard workers and I think we both have lived under the philosophy of "No Pain, No Gain". After all, we both tortured ourselves with long hours in the pool during swim practice for many, many years and I think that carried into our every day lives. Bennett will be no different when it comes to work ethic.
So he may have to take a thumb break every now and then (that's another post for another day)...
But he'll get where he needs to be, with a lot of hard work and a lot of cheering from his mom and dad. Oh and by the way, Bennett is now 10 months as of March 22nd!