Big Huge Exciting News

April 27, 2006 @ 4:23 pm | Filed under:


Stood Up.

All. By. Himself.

If you have not been following Wonderboy’s adventures, you might be wondering what the big deal is about that. He turned two in December, can walk and climb stairs, and enjoys trying to jump. But his particular developmental delays (a combination of several factors including high muscle tone, poor motor planning, hearing loss, and other issues) have caused him to have peculiar gaps in his gross motor skills. He cannot sit up from a lying-down position (neither belly nor back), and until today, he had never managed to stand up without assistance.

But today, during one of their typical roughhouse/practice sessions, Scott put the Boy on his belly, and to our delight and his own jubilation, Wonderboy pushed up onto his knees, and then slowly, with great effort, continued pushing until he was on his feet, hands still touching the floor. He rocked backward a bit, found his balance, shifted his hands one at a time to his knees—and straightened up. And broke into a thousand-watt grin. And cheered and laughed and stomped his feet.

And threw himself for joy into his daddy’s arms.


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  1. laura says:

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hallelujah! I can only imagine the jubilee in your hearts! Thank you Jesus!!!! 🙂

  2. Cay says:

    This is priceless.
    And the picture is worth a thousand words. I have tears in my eyes.

    Give WonderBoy a hearty pat on the back and a big hug from the Gibsons.

    Bravo! Encore! : )

  3. Carrie K. says:

    It’s hard to swallow your after-dinner cookie with a lump in your throat! How precious – God is good.

  4. Dawn says:

    Oh, Melissa, how wonderful!! Thank you for sharing such happy news (and the beautiful photo)!

  5. Theresa says:

    This brought tears of joy to my eyes. i can only imagine what it must mean to your family! Truly wonderful!

  6. Diane says:

    Oh Melissa, this is so beautiful—a taste of Heaven. Three cheers for Wonderboy, who truly is a wonder!

  7. Alice says:

    This news is beyond incredible! And what a priceless photo that is!

  8. Jamie says:

    Oh, hurray! What a lovely post!

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  10. Love2learn Mom says:

    Such a delightful event – thanks for making my evening – I especially loved hearing about his victory dance. 🙂

    I only just realized how close in age Wonderboy is to our “Frank” who turned two in January.

    God Bless,


  11. KC Powers says:

    Oh, how wonderful. What a precious picture. You also painted such a vivid picture with your words I could see him do it.

    KC in TX

  12. kristina says:

    What a delight to read this account of this monumental moment for your darling Wonderboy! Love the picture, too!

  13. Karen says:

    How very exciting, moving, and touching. I can go to bed with that beautiful picture in my mind.

  14. jennifer in austin says:

    Oh, blessed day! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  15. Elizabeth Foss says:

    Grinning from ear to ear here! What a big deal accopmlishment. Wish we could have been there to clap!

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  17. Anne Marie says:

    Yay! Yay! Yay! That’s incredibly wonderful!

  18. Angel says:

    Oh, yay for Wonderboy!!!

  19. Genevieve says:

    What an accomplishment! Puts a big smile on my face! You guys must be so proud!

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  22. Amy says:

    Waa hoo!!!

    In tears of joy for you after reading this post and the two above it all at once! 🙂

  23. Karen E. says:

    Yippee!! Tears and smiles here! And what a perfect picture!

  24. Rebecca says:

    With joyful tears in my eyes, I want you to know just how happy I am for him and for your family!

  25. Melissa says:

    That is awesome! Praise the Lord!

  26. Tracy says:

    I couldn’t pass up commenting on this one – this is so awesome! It brought tears to my eyes to read it.

    Congrats to Wonderboy! And his wonderful achievement!

  27. Wendy in VA says:

    You’ve brought me to tears yet again. :o)
    Gooooo, Wonderboy!!

  28. Christine says:

    Congratulaions to Wonderboy! You just made my day! I am crying for joy for you and your family.

  29. The LLama Butchers says:

    Kicking Lileks’ butt one day after another

    Just your typical day at Rancho Peterson….

  30. stef says:

    Lissa, how wonderful! Praise be to God! And Congratulations to Wonderboy. So happy for all of you.

  31. Vultures Row says:

    Blogging Hope

    Then I read a post like Melissa’s, and it reminds me that I’m not the only parent dealing with these things, and that if Melissa’s “Wonder Boy” can do it, so can MY wonderful little boy. So thank you, Melissa. And congratulations.

  32. Memento Moron: Remember, Thou Art Stupid says:

    Blogging Hope

    Then I read a post like Melissa’s, and it reminds me that I’m not the only parent dealing with these things, and that if Melissa’s “Wonder Boy” can do it, so can MY wonderful little boy. So thank you, Melissa. And congratulations.

  33. Brian B in Oregon says:

    Sorry for the boo boo in trackbacks, I listed the wrong blog the first time.

  34. Mary Ellen Barrett says:

    YEE HA for Wonderboy!! I am so happy for you all!

  35. christy everett says:

    I’m a little late reading this so I’m not sure if you’ll get my comment but I just want to say thank you for reminding me that everything is possible and to never give up hope in my own wonderous little boy, Christy