The Bellin Run is a 10K that is held in Green Bay every June. It is one of the largest 10K races in the US. This year, the Bellin Run drew nearly 18, 500 participants. James and I have been involved in the Bellin on and off for 9 years. We have run it together just he and I, and we have run it with all of the kids...we took a year off when I was pregnant with Natie, and then James developed neuropathy and it was difficult and painful for him to continue running. I didn't want to run without him because it was kind of our thing to do together. Last year he encouraged me to run it again with Becky, and it was fun to be a part of it again, but I missed having James there.
This year was the first in a long time that James was able to do the Bellin again. We decided to walk it this time. We wanted Natie to be able to be a part of it, too. We were in the "Stroller Division" catagory. How cool is that? It was very significant for us this year because of James's health and also because we have been working very hard to get Natie to be able to walk.
He is 4 years old and does not walk independently yet. It can be a struggle for us at times because he is a big boy now, and he is very active and wants to do so much, but often he is unable to participate in things he wants to because he hasn't mastered walking yet. He can walk for short distances using a reverse walker, but his little legs give out quickly. We have been participating in many forms of physical therapy. Recently we have been to Children's Hospital of Milwaukee to have an MRI and spinal x-ray performed, and so far all of his testing has come back very normal. We go back for more testing this Friday.
We know that the scope of development and milestones is vastly different in children with Ds. I also know that most children with Ds at Natie's age and younger have been walking and running for a long time. Truthfully it is only difficult for me to observe other children Natie's age with Ds who are able to do more than him. It is not difficult for me to observe typically developing children Natie's age who do much, much more than he.
I worry too much and sometimes become anxious about it.
After the Bellin Run we went to our church's picnic, and it was hard for me to tell Natie that he could not go on the bouncy houses. He wanted to very badly.
His brother made him feel better though....
Bring on the whipped cream.
That's brotherly love right there, people.
It was a long, fun-filled day with lots of food, great friends and happy memories.
When a day ends like this (the cuddle-crash) it has been a very good day.