Peyton is 19 months old, yet her developmental delays allow us to experience those coveted “firsts” for a long period of time. While we only got a couple of inches in our town, Peyton finally got to experience snow falling from the sky. We don’t get a ton of snow in Illinois, but usually enough each year for a few good sled days. Last year was a record year, and for most kids, that meant plenty of time in the white stuff. But Miss P was still so tiny and fragile, so she couldn’t be exposed to the cold and wet snow. We skipped out on the winter wonderland and waited until this year.
What an exciting morning to wake up and open the blinds for Peyton to see big flakes falling to the ground. We went outside in our PJ’s and watched as she checked out the flakes. Peyton was confused by the snow. Between the cold touch and the wetness, P wasn’t a huge fan. We sat her in the snow, but she just crawled towards us, ready to be inside! (Don’t worry, we had her gloves in our hands…we just wanted her to actually feel the snow!)
Peyton spent much of the weekend playing hide and sneak. She is constantly on the move, so it’s always a guess where she will end up. From the book shelf, to the drawers, to random boxes…the possibilities are endless! As you can see below, even Riley got in on the play time. And while she’s not speaking words, she is letting us know that she comprehends things. We are SO proud of Peyton and all that she has overcome. I know she still has a long road ahead, but she has proved that she can move mountains to succeed.
One final note to share with you all. I write for a women’s website and a special article will be published on Friday. It’s emotional and heart wrenching, but well worth the read. A thousand thoughts run through my mind as I rock Peyton to sleep at night. So I decided to share them in a letter to Peyton. I hide my tears during the day, but it’s when she falls asleep that I allow myself to cry. I want her to know why I feel the way that I do and I hope to share this letter with her down the road. It took more than a month to compile my thoughts. Look for it on Friday morning at the website, Her View From Home.
And keep an eye on my Facebook page. A lot of people have been asking if Peyton is running circles around us yet. We have a huge and exciting milestone to share next week! So stay tuned…
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