Present Time, Love the wrapping... Thank you for all the support not only at his party, but ALL the support he had throughout this year, He is one LUCKY boy, and we are ONE LUCKY FAMILY to have him with us.
Uncle Kory helping feed the cake
As always the First year is a YEAR of FIRSTS!!! Porter has had his share of First and how blessed we are to be able to NOT only be there for his FIRST, but KNOW the AMAZING TASKS these firsts are and be able to enjoy them as they came....
and one of my favorites, this is an actual picture of the first time he crawled... what motivated him?? See that little Fall Leaf in the corner? Yep that started the whole thing!! Then the cat helped motivate him to go fast:)
and then it gets scary, the getting into drawers and pulling himself up!! He is almost walking, he pulls himself up and walks along furniture. He will stand in the middle of the room then look at all of us to cheer, once we all cheer he turns in circles and cheers with us. Ohh what fun he has been. It has not only been fun to watch him reach all his milestones, but to watch my boys cheer him on and be as happy as any parent would be for him. They are his biggest cheerleaders, boy style of course.
We are excited for what has been in store for us this next year and all the amazing things he will be doing. We do feel like we are inbetween two worlds. We don't quite fit with the DS Community, sometimes it is uncomfortable with them looking at him and wondering why we are there. Then we explain the Mosaic part and you get the aha moment from them. Yes it is rare and yes it makes Porter truly, "One of a Kind". On the flip side those who know he has DS look at us and ask if he was MisDiagnosed because, "they don't see it". My wish would be for everyone to see Porter as that, Porter, third boy in the Robins Family, third child, one who will have challenges in his life, different challenges than maybe his brothers, but still challenges.
When I say this year was eye opening, I feel even though we haven't really had challenges with Porter, my eyes have been more open of my friends and associates and people I don't know but run into. My eyes have been opened to their challenges and struggles. The struggles that we all face and who are we to judge the way they handle them? I hope that as you guys go out in grocery stores, events etc... AS you see a mom struggling with a child who is HYPER, YELLING, UNRULY, a mom that just looks plain worn out maybe judge less and recognize more that maybe, possibly, maybe that child has something more going on then lack of disipline. When you see a child in a wheelchair, with a cane, walker, slow to speak, you will look past their obvious struggle and find who the child IS, what HE/SHE is made of.
I also don't want to let this moment go without giving a BIG SHOUT OUT THANK YOU to all the support we've had this year. I don't want anyone to think we are not grateful and appreciative of those in our lives that are there for us and for our boys. No Matter What!!