As Delaney began to walk we were amazed by her agility. Proudly watching her walking back and forth across the living room just like any other 14 month old and then we were still overwhelmed with pride as she then began running... that is until she realized how to open the front door and ran right out of it without looking back!
Shocked and horrified (we live on a somewhat busy street) Andrea and I hoped this was a fluke. But it wasn't. Any chance Delaney gets to break free she does. This is something that we were completely unprepared for. Delaney is a runner.
Going outside just to get in the car became a big chore. Holding the hand of this precocious toddler who wants nothing more than to squeeze her hand out of ours and dart off as fast and as far as she can. We've tried scaring her by hiding behind her, but she does not look back. She is more concerned with her exploration of the land or starting a conversation with whatever stranger she sees than where her moms are. Anywhere we go we have to put up barricades and often we are no match for her problem solving skills as she figures a way out of it and bolts as fast as she can.
Researching we discovered that this is somewhat common with kids who have Down syndrome. Luckily we ran across this great blog by a mom named Liz (http://ourversionofnormal.blogspot.com/2012/04/for-parents-of-runners-sprinters.html) which provides some great tips which Andrea and I will be applying to our new challenge!