Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Miss Independent

I always knew deep down that Haley would someday walk, and would do so independently. I knew she would walk without a cumbersome walker or holding out hands. But the uncertainty of how long she would be tethered to someone or something remained a mystery……an agonizing mystery.

She began taking independent steps several months ago, but still required us to be near by to hold her hand to go any significant distance. Today she has proven that she can walk independently wherever she wants to go. We have known that for a long time, I think she just lacked the confidence that she could actually do it. Her teachers at school have been telling us how much she walks at school, but this is the first that she has done this much walking at home.

We ate dinner at my mom and dad's house tonight and she just started walking a little farther and a little farther. Then she walked down the hall to her bedroom, then to the kitchen, then back to the living room. She continued to do this for over 30 minutes. Walking. Completely. INDEPENDENTLY. For. 30. Whole. Minutes!!!!!!

Here is a short video of her showing off her independent walking. The noise she is making is her imitation of a chicken….”bok, bok, bok”. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did tonight!!!!


Anonymous said...

I have watched it over and over, Ryan even ran in here to see it with me!! It brought tears to both of us! I wish we could drive up and see her do it! XOXO!!!

Love Christie

Mae said...

I am so proud of you sweet girl. You keep on surprising us. Amazing!!!!

Ash said...

Wow! Brought tears to my eyes! Every single step is soo amazing, in awe of her strength and determination,surely a day you will never forget. Go Haley:)

God Bless
Ashley and Rowen

DUHandDIVA said...

Go ahead Haley! Ellah is right behind her! How awesome!

Anonymous said...

This is so great! I know you and Will are so proud.

THC said...

That's my girl, I told ya she was awesome! But I guess you already know that! Now if she could just stay out of time out, lol!