Monday, July 14, 2008

Sitting!

The best part? Eden is getting into this position all on her own! That means getting her knees up under her, pushing up with her arms, then holding it. It's a lot of work, but she clearly thinks it is great fun, and was saying over and over, "look at me Holland!"

Today she did the best I have ever seen her do and I'm so excited!!!! I want to shout it to the world! Thank goodness for the internet because I CAN!




53 comments:

Erin said...

So, so awesome. Way to go, Eden!

Mamá Terapeuta said...

Way to go, Eden!!! She looks SO happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its a big step!!!

Anonymous said...

Hooray for Eden!! This is AWESOME news!
I love Eden's pictures; her smiles just brighten my day.
Love,
Dawn

AZ Chapman said...

congrats eden

Anonymous said...

Nice Job Eden!!!!

Maggie and Michael

Mel said...

Yeah Eden!

This almost made me cry because it hits so close to home! Crew just hit this milestone as well... 4 years of hard work and we are so proud. These kids will continue to progress- sometimes when we least expect it.

Have a nice week!

Ani said...

Nice job Eden!

Anonymous said...

I just happened upon your blog a few days ago and had to read it from start to finish. What an amazing story.

What kept me reading from start to finish is Eden's amazing smile. Reading about what she and Holland have both been through and seeing the smile that's always on their faces - particularly Eden's face - warms my heart. You must be able to look at her and know that you're doing a great job with them - otherwise she wouldn't smile like she does!

You mention forgiving yourself a lot - I don't have kids and there are no disabilities in my family - so I don't even pretend to know what you're going through. But as someone reading your story, it would appear to me that, by looking at the smiles on the faces of your girls, you have nothing that you need to be forgiven for. You're a wonderful and loving mother who has two beautiful and happy children. You should be proud.

Think of all the kids in the world who have parents who abuse them or who are drug addicts...and how unhappy those kids are. Think about the kids who don't make it past their youth because of the abusive situations they are in. Those kids are the kids who need our sympathy, and whose parents need forgiveness.

I used to babysit a child who had Downs Syndrome and was autistic. That child changed my life. To spend time around a child with a disability is a true blessing because you see the world through their eyes. I complain about gas prices or about having to mow the yard. Then I see a child like Eden or Holly and I see how happy they are. It makes me realize that despite all the adversity the world throws at us, we all have the option to be happy and to push on.

Your girls are an inspiration to me, as I'm sure they are to many others. Again, you should be proud of yourself for being such a great mother.

Love,

A new friend

P.S. Way to go Eden! Reading about your phenomenal accomplishment put a smile on my face that's almost as big as yours!

Vickie said...

Yeah Eden !!!! You're an inspiration to us all! And how cute are those car wash pictures? I love them!

Anonymous said...

Well done Eden - that is awesome news.
Love
Em
Australia

Heike said...

Brilliant Eden!
But let me just tell you to warn your mamma. The physio will probably not be so happy - they seem to hate what they call W-sitting - and will tell your mamma she needs to change the way you sit. You just remind her that independence comes before anything and the physio can go and, ehm, just find a toy to play with. Don't let anyone take your feedom and achievements away from you.

Anonymous said...

EDEN YOU ARE AWESOME!
Love,
Jules

Holland, you want to come over and wash my car too? :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! Even in Australia, the people are cheering!
Well done, young lady!!

Tim and Renee said...

She has great spirit. Her pictures melt my heart. Go Eden!!!

Tim and Renee McKeen

Anonymous said...

I am sooooo excited for Eden and for your family!! This gives me such great hope.

Tricia

Sadie said...

WOW!!!!! A little while back, I was going to leave a comment on the post on sitting up in the Target cart with Holland for the first time asking whether this was a good sign for continuing development... but then didn't want to somehow lessen that awesome moment(ie "well, that's great, but can she do BETTER?")... or, I guess, show any ignorance. But this just made my night. (How often have these two little girls, whom I've never met in person, made my night?)

Rachel said...

You go Eden!! That is so awesome!

bestfamily said...

WTG Eden!!!!!!! That is amazing! What an amazing smile on her face. I can only imagine the pride you are feeling. Thanks for sharing with us!

Bird said...

Do a cheer for Eden over here in Louisiana.

abby said...

This is so awesome to see! Way to go, Eden!

Sarah said...

Hooray! Way to go Eden!

Anonymous said...

you go girl.............you have only just begun...

Anonymous said...

Hi Billie - that is awesoem news! I'm excited for Eden!
Janie

Anonymous said...

Hurrah for Eden! Her smile makes my day.

Monique in TX

Mami said...

Guauuuuuu!!!! Bravo por Eden! Felicidades Billy, me imagino tu alegría y emoción como papá ver a tu princesa progresar y lo mejor, que es una diversión para ella!! :)

~♥Alli♥~ said...

Awesome!!!!! WTG EDEN!!!!!!!! Great job, Princess!!

Anonymous said...

Great Job, Eden. Such determination and joy!
XO Amy

Anonymous said...

BRAVO EDEN ! WE ALL LOVE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ALTHOUGH WE ARE FAR AWAY HALF OF THE EARTH! ALWAYS BE WITH YOU ;-)!

Renee said...

Fabulous! And she's clearly soooo proud of herself!

Melissa said...

YAY Eden!!! Woo Hoo!!!!

Andrea said...

Those pictures brought tears to my eyes. Hooray!!

Rachel said...

So good to see this...she looks so happy to be sitting like a big girl. Way to go Eden!!! You should be so proud. What a hard worker you have there!

Keep up the good work Eden!

Rachel

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! She is great! Your daughters are awesome.
Anna

cori said...

awesome news!!! go eden!

twinmama said...

HORRAY! This is so amazing! Look at how PROUD of herself she looks-as well she should!

Hannah just figured this out recently as well and it has done wonders for her in terms of feeling like she is not stuck on the floor. She is less frustrated and more able to initiate independent play.

Congratulations, Eden!

Trisha said...

She's an amazing little girl and so stinkin' cute too!

bestfamily said...

You've been awarded a Mommy Blogger Award!

SusanR said...

WTG Eden!

Kendra Lynn said...

Hurray, Edie!!!! You are such a beautiful big girl!

Love,
Kendra

Anonymous said...

Go Eden!

I love reading your blog and seeing all of the girls accomplishments!

G

elizabeth said...

What a great accomplishment! Both of your girls are adorable! I hope you'll consider adding your blog to the aggregator at Deaf Village (www.deafvillage.com) -- we'd love to have you as a part of our community!

Amy said...

And we're all cheering right there beside you! YAY!

Kellars Mommy said...

Wow way to go Eden!!! Sitting on your own is awesome, you go girl!!

Hechung said...

You go girl!!

Shannon said...

YAY Eden! So excited for you! You too Billie!

kbreints said...

Oh my goodness look at her go! That is fantastic!

Korrina said...

YEAH Eden! I am proud of you too. What a big step, keep up the good work.

Billie, I know all too well how happy you must be right now. We are so blessed to have children that really make us appreciate the little things in life, there are too many people that take these HUGE milestones for granted. If they only knew...

Anonymous said...

Billie!!
I have been following the girls' story since they were little babies and seeing Eden sitting on her own and Holland being potty trained totally made MY day!!

Your story is amazing and I so do love to check in a few times a month to see what they are up to. The girls' progress is amazing and I am just writing to let you and John know you all have some BIG time fans who are cheering these little miracles on!! These girls are gonna be amazing adults and like someone already posted, they have only just begun!!
Cheers to you and John!! Cheers to Eden and Holland!!!

Your blog is one of my faves online!!!

---Keely in Atlanta

Anonymous said...

Wow, you are so amazing Eden. Never posted before but have been reading for a while. I just had to say we are cheering from Georgetown,ON, Canada.

Jacolyn said...

OMG!!! That is so wonderful!!!!!

Shannon and Carey said...

Congrats beautiful Eden!!!! WOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.................................
can you hear US shouting for you?
-Shannon and family in Austin

Anonymous said...

That is soooo awesome. Yey Eden. I'm sure there's many more milestones to come and I enjoy hearing them all. =)

dm said...

I am Nana to Kassie and Lena at bitsandpieces.com and I want to tell you that your girls are total inspiration to us in all that we have ahead of us! They are absolutely beautiful! I could be having the worst day and all I have to do is go into bitsand pieces or your site and they always make my day. Way to go Eden! You too Holland! Way to go!