We have hit quite the milestone at our house....Mallory is beginning to walk! I had come to the conclusion that Mallory would not be walking by her 2nd birthday, and I must admit, I was kinda crushed by that realization. You see, when we were told that Mallory didn't have normal chromosomes, we were directed to a support group website (based in England) for families with a child with a 10p chromosome abnormality. I poured through the brochure trying to grasp some of the challenges we would face. Several points really stuck out to me, and one of those mentioned that the more "unaffected" children were certainly walking by age 2. I really focused my hopes on that tiny piece of information and although we have no clue as to the challenges we will face I really wanted her to meet this major milestone. She has been cruising for quite some time but would not take more than one wobbly step or two...then, last week I picked the kiddos up from daycare and Mallory's teachers told me they had something to show me.....they picked her up, stood her up, and low and behold she WALKED across the room to me! ACROSS the ROOM! I hadn't realized how much I was waiting for this moment until then, and of course I burst into tears; most certainly embarrassing her teachers. I was thrilled, of course, when Jack took his first steps, and then when Kate took hers...but this was the most amazing of the first steps I have been blessed to witness. Ahhh, Ms. Mallory, always remember that anything is possible!
I have had a hard time capturing this on film as she is always wanting to come right to me....this is the best I have so far; I just didn't want to wait any longer to share with all of you!