17 Oct

We have had a few “firsts” in the last few weeks, and I wanted to share!  One thing I have learned about having a baby with Down syndrome is this: the “firsts” are the same as a typically-developing baby.  They may happen on a different schedule, but they still happen!  And they are just as exciting for us as parents!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
We were at our friends’ house for dinner, and they have a little girl who is about Jake’s age.  She has an exersaucer, so we tried putting Jake in it.  His little toes barely touched the ground, but he just sat and looked intently at all the toys, loving every minute of it.  He even got one in his mouth!

Sunday, October 16, 2011
This was the first time that Jake rolled over by himself!  We have been practicing with him a bit lately, since he seemed to be into it.  We would put him on his tummy, and then he would scrunch his legs up under him and try and push himself over.  He is getting pretty good at turning his hips, but could never quite get all the way around.  Last night though, we were at a Life Group with our church, and 10 other people were witness to Jake’s first time getting all the way over by himself!  So exciting!!

Monday, October 17, 2011
Today we had our first water therapy session, and Jake LOVED it!!  We are going once a week at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.  They have a pool there, and they do water therapy for little ones with Down syndrome.  There were only two babies in the class today, so it wasn’t too overwhelming for him.  I wish I had a camera to capture it…Jake was SO CUTE!  They put him in this inner-tube-type-thing called a “swimava” that is basically an inner tube that does up right under the baby’s neck, so their heads are bobbing around like a little tennis ball and their bodies are submersed under water!  This allowed Jakey to use his whole body in the water, which will help him with core strength and muscle tone.  I wish I could have taken a picture of my tiny little guy!  Pictures to come though:)

All in all, we are having a fantastic time getting to know our little guy, and we can hardly wait for more “firsts” to come!  Way to go Jakey!  We are so proud of you!

And in other news, we are moving in a week and a half!  We bought a house in Tuscany (for those of you who know Calgary) and we are super excited about the chance to have a bit more space.  I know Jake is little (about 10lbs now!) but he sure takes up a lot of room!


Posted by on October 17, 2011 in Uncategorized


9 responses to “Firsts…

  1. Virginia

    October 17, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Your little Jakey is adorable! He is so stinkin’ cute I can hardly believe it! I especially love the picture with the toy in his mouth! Your story is an inspiration to me….keep writing please. You and Curtis are amazing parents, and it is a privilege to share in your journey through your writing! Thank you!

  2. Krista

    October 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    it’s not so much the baby as all of the accompanying stuff that takes up the space, huh?! my baby is 7 now, and i’m finally giving away a TON of baby-related stuff… wonder how much space we will have in the basement now!! i am enjoying reading about Jake as he grows 🙂 the description of his water therapy was very funny – but really, how cool is it that somebody thought up an invention like that inner tube thing!!

  3. Heather

    October 19, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Thank you again for posting this! I love hearing about your life and how fantastic you Jake is doing! Your a great mom!

  4. Lexi Sweatpants Magnusson

    October 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    He’s SO CUTE! I just want to chew on him! Thank you for sharing him with me and the others on my blog!

  5. Summer Buchholz Spitz

    October 21, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Love that the blog hop led me to your blog!! Your sweet little Jake has to be the cutest little man EVER!!!!! I am so excited to follow your blog!!!!

  6. Amy, queen of the world

    October 21, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    (Hopped in here) Oh my goodness!!! WHAT a cutie! I would sooo never get anything done during the day on account of kissing his cheekies!!

  7. Jenny

    October 22, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Found you through the blog hop! Just read little Jake’s birth story, it had me in tears, reminded me so much of my son Russell’s birth. Jake is a beautiful little boy and he will take you on an amazing journey!

    I LOVE the name of your blog…Love the layout too, everything is easy to find and easy to read! I look forward to following your blog!!

  8. Laura

    October 22, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I was just blog hopping & was suprised to see another Albertan! Jake is adorable!

  9. Bulldogma

    October 22, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Blog Hopper here – Congrats to Jake on all those amazing *firsts.* Way to go!


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