Yesterday, I heard the most beautiful sound. Baby Obi giggled for the first time. A true laugh. Not just one sound, but a series of chuckles one after another. It was magnificent.
This social milestone typically occurs between 3-4 months. Obi is 10 months next week. Some milestones are counted by corrected or adjusted age, but I’ve been told the social milestones are often in line with the actual age. Either way, this laugh has been a long time coming.
Her gross and fine motor skills are just a little behind the typical kid, but her eating and social milestones aren’t even close. They are generally taking 2-3 times as long or more than one would expect.
Does that mean it will take her three times as long to adjust properly to solid food? Three times as long to talk? There’s just no way to know.
It’s hard to really embrace the ‘take it one day at a time’ aspect of a complex syndrome such as Williams. All that ‘unknown’ is overwhelming.
But, as many special needs parents who been here before me have said, when the milestones come, they really do make you stop and celebrate.
Today I’d like to forget that ‘one day at a time’ thing and take 2 of yesterday, please.