this moment

{this moment}: A Friday tradition with Soulemama. Grab one moment from this week (if you're not too busy being in the moment!) One that you just want to hang onto and not forget.

And if you're a blogger playing along, please leave your link!


I'm going to disobey the rules just this once and add some words to this picture. 

This, above, is the baby who started physiotherapy before he was one because he wasn't moving. This is the toddler who we had to strap into calf-high splints to get him up and walking at two years old. This is the boy who, after years of physio and occupational therapy, we're still told will tire quickly, need supplements, disengage, and need help.

Righto, then. Tell him at five he needs pure maths to be an astronaut and watch him inhaling numbers. Send him to school and watch him connecting and befriending. Drop the supplements and watch his health thrive. Turn off the TV, send him outside and watch him run. 

I'm grateful for all the help we've had, but sometimes I think: all by himself, this kid is going to grow wings and fly.

32 Comments on “this moment

January 14, 2011 at 10:38 pm

long live king henry-dude!!!

January 14, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Go get ’em Henry!

Here’s my crazy 5yr old:

Alex Nolan
January 14, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Sniff, sniff… Such a proud Mummy of such an awesome boy. So wish we lived closer and could see your kids grow, develop and change. Wish you could hang out wih mine too and they could have some ace cousin relationships. James and Henry would, I am certain, be great friends (J wants to be a scientist!), and Tilly, Edward and William would get into all sorts of unmentionable mischief! Wanting so much to see you all at the moment xxx

January 14, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Beautifully said, and congrats on all his success.
Here’s one of my angels:

January 14, 2011 at 11:50 pm

wow your post gave me chills!! what an awesome moment! SO glad you know what’s best for your baby!! many blessings to you all!

January 14, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Oh gosh, your post made me choke up. So wonderful and such a beautiful little boy. 🙂 Happy I clicked on your “this moment” today. 🙂

Here is ours.

January 15, 2011 at 12:04 am

God bless him!

January 15, 2011 at 12:10 am

Wow – kids are the *best* at not knowing what they can’t do!!!!!
Good luck with the astronaut thing too 🙂
have a great weekend – hope you are dry and safe!

January 15, 2011 at 12:11 am

Thanks for breaking the rules! Your words were wonderful (and such a handsome lad, too!)

Dani G
January 15, 2011 at 12:25 am

Glad I found you. We were once told our little girl might never walk. After years of PT, OT, etc, I’m chasing after her.
Here’s our moment:

January 15, 2011 at 12:29 am

What a special moment!!! And thank you for your words full of love for your special boy!

Here ist our moment:

You can see my little boy (by the way born with a lip palate…) playing with his favourite animals. And some day we hope to see the whales in Australia again!
Greetings from Germany to Sydney – my favourite city all over the world :-)))


January 15, 2011 at 12:50 am

What an inspiring post! I’m glad you broke the “rules” on this one. Thank you for sharing.


January 15, 2011 at 12:58 am

Such a great success story. Good luck on the rest of his journey. The picture is beautiful and has a great movement to it.
My moment:

January 15, 2011 at 1:07 am

I love you.

January 15, 2011 at 1:18 am

Awesome post, photo AND words! Happy weekend to you all.

Earth Mama
January 15, 2011 at 1:20 am

Aww so sweet. What an awesome little man you’ve got there! Let em run and grow those wings!


January 15, 2011 at 2:00 am

What a lovely moment. Kids are incredible! No one needs to teach them to lust for life, we just need to learn to get out of their way when they are doing it!

Here’s my moment:

January 15, 2011 at 2:40 am

haha, looks like he is having a great time! Interesting how quickly kids can catch up with a little help…..
here is mine:

January 15, 2011 at 4:12 am
January 15, 2011 at 5:29 am

This is a simply radiant picture — made even more special by the words you include (sometimes the stories of our moments deserve a bit more explaining…so I appreciate that you did!) I did as well by including more pics on a post immediately prior to my moment! 🙂

Here is our moment:

Best to your growing boy!!

January 15, 2011 at 6:51 am

what a beautiful success story & a beautiful child. And besides that, an absolutely perfect captured moment. so glad I visited!
My moment:

January 15, 2011 at 9:06 am

You made me cry 🙂

January 15, 2011 at 9:48 am

Such a great mood in that picture – as you say, as though everything is possible for him.

Georgie Youl
January 15, 2011 at 9:59 am

bless, Henry looks FABULOUS

January 15, 2011 at 10:53 am

Beautiful words. Glad you added them.

January 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm

What a beautiful picture. I love hearing stories about odds being challenged and beaten! He looks like he has a great spirit about him. I have come via Soulemama. My moment is a picture of our boy too.

January 15, 2011 at 2:24 pm

i ADORE hearing stories like that. your photo is amazing and i’m so glad you were able to capture it. thanks for cheating and adding all those words – like everyone else i am choked up and am grateful for miracles!

January 15, 2011 at 6:52 pm

So beautiful. Thanks for sharing

Sofia's Ideas
January 16, 2011 at 8:13 am

Great action shot! 🙂 I’m stopping by from Soule Mama’s {This Moment}. I hope you’ll do the same! You can see our moment @

Sofia’s Ideas

deb @ talk at the table
January 16, 2011 at 10:55 am

and such a life force photo.

January 16, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Weird thing this blog world – we read snippets of stories from lives and slowly things come into focus. I’ve had a keen radar for mentions of this spunky son of yours as the same diagnosis has been bandied around for my daughter. For her, it keeps getting mentioned and then dismissed – and sometimes I think I should demand a test and be done with it. And then other times I just think- hell, she’s just who she is and she’s doin it all her own way and I just wanna be done with all the medical crap and let her get on with it. Of course I’m gonna keep doing all the OT and physio and speechy stuff – but, you know, I know exactly how you feel – just give em the space for there unique wingspan!

green ink
January 17, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I just love seeing happy children and you can tell in that picture what a lust for life he has. xx


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