Saturday, December 1, 2012

Luca's first word

I can't believe it, and I am so excited to share that Luca read his first word. We were playing with the letter magnates and I put S-I-T together and said, "Luca, can you sound it out" He said SSSS, IIIII, TTTT,
I said, "you are right, it is the word, SIT, you just read that word, great job!"

Reading did not come easily to me, it was really really hard work to learn to read. For Luca, I think reading is going to be a complete joy and pleasure for him and I could not be happier about it!

The other day, Luca wanted to share part of his chip with Juliette. He worked really hard to break a bit off for her. After she ate it, I gave her another chip and in one sec. she crushed the whole thing up, with one hand. Luca said, "Juliette is stronger than me." I paused, speechless, wondering what to say or how to respond. After taking a deep breath I said, "how does that make you feel?" Luca said (without hesitation), "I am happy for her."
I said, "Luca, you know, you are strong too and you are very cleaver. You always find a way to do things even if it is a little different of a way, and I am so proud of you."
I couldn't help but crying when I told John the story after he got home from work. It seems like Luca is really starting to verbalize his awareness of having arthrogryposis, but through small and typical moments not all at once. I hope that I will be ready with the right response and words as he begins to ask hard questions and tells us about his feelings. We love him so much!


  1. Yayyy Luca!!!!!! That is so awesome about him reading his first word!!! He is such a smart little boy! We are so proud of him too!!!!

  2. Luca,

    I want to yayyy! too. But I want to applaud you for being able to be happy when someone can do something easier than you. That is harder to do than to read. Keep up the good attitude. You have a STRONG spirit. Nana Walker And Mom, keep up your good work too. Love you.

  3. Guess I should have put a PS in before "And Mom" or signed Nana at the end. Sorry it was so confusing Katie. You are doing a great job!

  4. I cried reading this post, for obvious reasons, and also because of the pairing of these two events. In the same way that you are so proud of Luca for doing something that was difficult for you, Luca is happy for Juliette for doing something that is difficult for him. There is a lot of love in the Walker family these days.


  5. Katie & John: you have had the right words in the past and the Lord will give you the right words in the future. Luca is growing up with wise & loving parents. Love & Hugs for all,
    Dad & Mom