Fall 2012

Fall 2012
[learning to live a perfectly imperfect life]

What's In a Name


Enjoying each stage a little bit longer... it's what Rylee allows us to do.


June 2005 - 1 year 7 months old


She has always enjoyed writing and drawing.


January 2006 - 2 years 2 months old


She's never done it for long periods of time... usually just a few minutes is long enough for her.


October 2006 - almost 3 years old


And though she hasn't always drawn on what she's supposed to...


April 2007 - 3 years 5 months old

she has enjoyed it.


When she was ready, we began teaching her the letters in her name. And we knew the time would come. She would write her name, and we would jump up and down, give her big hugs, and tell her how proud we were of her for working so hard. It would be so exciting to see it.

For awhile, we had to use our imaginations. Some "letters" looked a little silly -- a few extra lines here, an extra loop there -- some letters were written out of order, and some not at all. But, we continued to praise Rylee for trying so hard. And we waited to see it... R-y-l-e-e.


December 2007 - 4 years 1 month old
"lee" for "Rylee"


Rylee really preferred to write her way. She loved writing and drawing on the driveway in the summer. She never really told us about her drawings, but you could tell she loved it by the way her little body hunched over, nose inches from the cement, drawing intently.


August 2008 - 4 years 9 months old


We loved seeing her be creative, but we were still waiting. And we knew the time would come. She would write her name, and we would jump up and down, give her big hugs, and tell her how proud we were of her for working so hard. It would be so exciting to see it.

Letters became more recognizable. "R" for "Rylee." Whenever she saw an "R" she was convinced the word was "Rylee." And her "R" got better and better.


August 2008 - 4 years 9 months old
"R" for "Rylee"


We knew she could do it. Rylee kept trying, and we kept waiting to see it... R-y-l-e-e.


And though she continued her imaginative drawings on the driveway,


September 2009 - 5 years 10 months old

the time came.

We knew it would come, and it did.

She wrote her name.


January 2010 - 6 years 2 months old

All the letters were there. In order. No imagination necessary.

R-y-l-e-e

And we jumped up and down, gave her big hugs, and told her how proud we were of her for working so hard.

It was so exciting to see it. More than we thought it would be.


So, what's in a name?

Patience. Practice. And persistence from a little girl.

7 comments:

Jennifer said...

Beautiful - what a great post. Thanks for sharing your joy. Our children are gifts to us and it is such a joy to watch them grow and develop!!

Rachel said...

That was wonderful! The anticipation was killing me by the end! I sometimes wish that I have maybe thought to give Aubrey an easier name, but like every other kid, she will write it in her own time. Thank you for sharing this special moment with all of us.

Kristine said...

WTG, Rylee!!

tali said...

Way to go Rylee!! Patience, practice and persistence are things we all could work on. Thanks for sharing the story Carin.

Bethany said...

That's awesome!

Sharon said...

That's awesome Rylee! I'm so impressed.
I have a (nearly) 5 year old daughter with Down syndrome. She isn't into drawing or writing so much yet but I can imagine everyone's excitement when she does learn to write.

Lisa said...

AWESOME RYLEE! What a great post...you must have your digital photos well organized :)