I thank the heavens every single day that both my children are healthy, happy and developing right on target and then some. (My son actually began to talk fairly early – and I joke that he hasn’t stopped since!)
But I also personally know plenty of mothers who deal with the challenges, frustrations and triumphs that are an everyday part of life when you have a child with physical or developmental issues. For them, milestones are twice as significant and joyous as they are for other moms: a first sentence, a first step in the new walker, a book read, a spontaneous hug, a day without a meltdown.
Teen Mom 2‘s Leah Messer knows both worlds. Her twin daughters, 2-year-old Aliannah and Aleeah, are both adorable toddlers with winning smiles. But while Aleeah is developing on target, Ali has physical delays calling for numerous visits to specialists.
So this week, Leah has double the reason to rejoice. First, as she tweeted to her fans the other day, Aleeah is trying out the new bike she got for Easter and doing very well on it. Ali got a matching bike too.
Then – more exciting still – it looks like Ali is well on her way to walking on her own!
A source who knows Leah’s ex-husband Corey Simms tells Us Weekly that little Ali “can walk when someone stands behind her, holding her hands. It’s the first step toward walking solo.”
It must come as a great relief to Leah, Corey and their families – including Leah’s new husband, Jeremy Calvert.
Unfortunately, having a child with challenges also means having to defend the choices you make about their care. Leah’s mother, Dawn, found that out the other day when a Twitter follower opined that it wasn’t “smart” to buy a bike for a child who can’t walk yet.
“SMART????” Dawn retorted. “We DON‘T treat them DIFFRENTLY!“
She went on to explain that Leah follows the advice of Ali’s team of specialists – and that Ali’s bike has adapters on the pedals to make it easier for her to operate.
As the source tells Us, Ali “wants to be able to able to run around [and play] with Aleeah!” That should be an extra motivator for her to keep working at walking and biking.
It’s also a good reminder that “delays” doesn’t mean “impossibilities.”
Hope Leah has her camera ready for the day Ali takes those first unassisted steps!
[Photo: via Twitter]
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