A Walk in the Park

Today was a walk in the park. After weeks of isolation, we finally broke free. Amanda and I took Baby Boy to the park for the first time. It was energizing to feel the warmth of the sunshine. Likewise, feeling the breeze blowing was so refreshing.

Baby Boy has been a part of our lives now for four months. On that cold, December day when he came to us he weighed just under six pounds. Today he is nearly seventeen pounds. It has been a joy to watch him discover new things. He has become so much more aware of the world around him. Fortunately, he is such a happy baby. His smile lights up a room. He makes me laugh on a daily basis.

With each new day comes an equally new sound from his mouth. I think he has even thrown a “mama” or two in there at times. However, Amanda is not convinced that is what he is truly saying. Baby Boy and I know better though. I have been working on other words with him, but he mostly just looks at me and giggles, which is perfectly fine with me. His laugh is infectious.

Today at the park Baby Boy put his bare feet in the grass for the first time. I feel so fortunate that Amanda and I get to experience these “firsts” in this precious child’s life. It is fun to see him become more curious about the things he sees and hears. He loves silly noises and seems to enjoy music, especially when we sing to him.

It is a privilege to be able to help shape this young life with which we have been entrusted. Both Amanda and I were blessed to have good parenting while we were growing and maturing. The lessons we learned as children will be invaluable as we guide Baby Boy through more “firsts” in his life.

I know not every day will be “a walk in the park,” as today was. However, life is so much more full with Baby Boy. I am curious to see what twists and turns lie ahead. The world is full of uncertainty, however, the three of us are enjoying doing life together.

Published by rtb77

I am a 43 year old male who was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. I have been married to my incredible wife Amanda for 7 years. We live in Illinois and both work in government jobs. I enjoy reading, writing, and watching Chicago Cubs baseball. I also enjoy the absurdity that daily life often brings, especially to those with disabilities. I try to see the humor in these situations. If you are offended by the use of the word “crippled” in the title of this blog please read the first post. I don’t like the word crippled and have never considered myself as such. Furthermore, I have never wanted to stand out from others. However, my intent is to show how humor has helped me deal with the hardship of disability. Likewise, I want to show others how full a life one can lead, even if you happen to be disabled. The use of the word “crippled” for the title is meant to be a bit of irony.

2 thoughts on “A Walk in the Park

  1. Ryan, I always enjoy your reflections on life. Tonight I’m especially moved by your appreciation for what some may consider “the little things” such as a walk in the park, an afternoon spent with Amanda and Baby Boy, and the privilege of sharing his firsts! I wish more people realized that those are not little things at all! Your words and your beautiful spirit give me cause for a bit of introspection, so, again, I thank you for sharing!
    Also, you recently asked for reading suggestions. Not too long ago I downloaded to my Kindle a book called, Lincoln’s Last Trial…..the murder case that propelled him to the Presidency, by Dan Abrams. It’s historically accurate, with quite a good dose of poetic license for things like conversations, which almost allow it to read like a novel! I found it well written for easy reading, and including many interesting details.
    You also asked about good viewing experiences. Marv and I have been watching hours and hours of old television programming and movies on Youtube, connected to our TV. We’re ranging from shows like Dragnet, to cowboys like The Lone Ranger and Hopalong Cassidy. Then there’s Commando Cody, space travel with incredibly funny special affects from the 40’s and 50’s. You’re so much younger than we are that you may not be interested in these, but look up your own childhood favorites! There’s a free treasure-trove out there!
    Love and blessings to your household! Jill

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  2. I actually love Dragnet. I used to watch that and The Honeymooners when I was in the hospital when I was younger. I appreciate older programs like that. The Lincoln book sounds very interesting. I will look into that one. It is truly the “small things” in life that are the most important. It is not about hours spent at work or how much money you have in the bank. It is about the experiences one has and the decisions one makes that are important. Thank you for reading and always sharing a kind word. It really does mean a lot to me.

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