“The average moderately active person take around 7,500 step/day. If you maintain that daily average and live until 80 years of age, you'll have walked about 216,262,500 steps in your lifetime.” (snowbrains.com)
That’s a lot of steps.
At 11 months old, neither Juniper nor Laurel have taken a single step, unassisted. They have so many steps ahead of them. Some of those steps will be giant and some will be small. Some will come easy and others will be hard.
I’ll do my best to be there when they happen. I’ll be there for all of them - another pair of footsteps beside theirs in the sands of time. And I won’t be the only one taking steps with them. There will be many footprints and paw prints with them along the way.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. It really does. I can’t raise these beautiful little girls alone. Coley and I can’t do it alone. Our job is to build a community around them of people that are willing to walk in their shoes. To find people that have the positive energy they need to project them forward.
That can be a hard job for a parent, because there is a lot of bad noise out there to trip over. It can be hard to filter out the energy in this world that isn’t helping them along. As a parent, you have to know when to change directions for the good of your child.
Coley and I recently made some changes that have shifted the energy of our home in a positive direction.
- We got an Occupational Therapist (OT) for Juniper to help her with fine motor skills. The OT came as a recommendation from out Physical Therapist (PT) and now the OT and PT will work together to help Juniper get started on the many steps she will take.
- We got a new nanny that has already shown so much love to our girls. We have had her in the house for just two weeks now and she already feels like part of the family. We’ve even planned a family trip to the desert for March and she will be joining us.
- We have had the opportunity to spend a bit more time with the girl’s grandparents, aunts and uncles who all bring extra love for the girls.
It feels good to surround the girls with love and support. Both Laurel and Juniper seem to be responding to changes. It feels like they are in the cusp of something. We can all feel their energy swelling. June will crawl soon and Laurel will take her first steps.
With a half billion steps ahead of them, we all have a long way to go, but together we will get there.
I have decided to try to help others as others help me and my family. I have started a toolkit that I’ll be adding to throughout the years. If you follow our story and you have twins and/or a child with special needs, I hope you find the toolkit useful.