Saturday, January 30, 2010

Step One: The Beginning

Being new to the blogging world, I thought I would start with a little history.

I have a full time career as a Realtor. I work crazy hours, for crazy clients, and many times asking myself... Why? The truth is I love it! I love meeting new people, helping them to find that perfect house, or finding the perfect buyer for their home. It's at time a selfless all consuming career, but one I have spent many years building and like a piece of myself, I would miss it terribly if it were gone.
I have thought many times of being able to just stay at home, working with Noah, taking care of the household. I would be very busy, no doubt. But I love my career. Plus in this economy, one can't be too quick to give up potential income :-) So, I find myself running from one appt. to another, with i-phone in hand, racing into the house to change out of my suit and into jeans and a t-shirt for therapy with Noah, only to throw the suit back on an hour later and race to my next appt. But hey, after three years, I'm getting it down!

I am married to a wonderful man, Jacques, an amazing person who I'm a happy to call my husband! He is a photographer, a very talented photographer, who still makes me laugh after many years of marriage.

Devin Brooke is 19 and a Sophomore at the University of Arizona. She is double majoring in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in pre-law studies. She is funny, beautiful, smart, engaging, creative, analytical, and passionate about many things... food, friends and family for starters. I count the days when she drives up from school, enjoying our time in the kitchen, creating crazy cuisine and relaxing on the couch watching hours of Law and Order! I am honored to be her mother as well as her friend.

Noah Bryce... the love of all, stealer of hearts, king of genuine smiles!!!
Noah was born on September 29, 2006. We found out a few hours after birth that he was born with Down syndrome. We are extremely blessed, as he is a very healthy and happy little man!!!
Some general milestones...
Noah could get into and out of sitting independently at 13 months.
He crawled at 16 months (a beautiful cross-pattern crawl).
He began reading words at 28 months.
He walked at 29 months.
He was potty trained at 2 yr. 9 mth.
We are eagerly awaiting his beautiful vocabulary to make its debut!!!

We have learned a lot over the past three years, or should I say, Noah has taught us a lot!!!

Regarding therapies, we have tried many things with our little man.
I think the greatest gift that we have found for Noah has been the NACD, the National Association of Child Development.
We began working with them when Noah was 15 months old. By following their program, Noah has made some amazing strides. Lately, due to stress, time, the economy... the list goes on, I haven't been as diligent about program as I would like to be. Part of my reason for starting this blog is to make myself accountable to complete Noah's program, by logging his progress, and his occasional set backs. Lets face it, the program is hard work! A lot of hard work! However, it's work that definitely pays off! So, here we go into the daily trials and triumphs of helping Noah Bryce to be the best he can be!!!

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