Hello. My name is Abby. I'm eight years old and I was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome when I turned two. My parents work hard to help me make sense of the world around me and this blog is meant to help others understand my world and my journey with Rett Syndrome.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Brother and Sister

I often wonder what kind of relationship Abby and Logan will have as they get older. I know they will have a special bond, but I wonder what we can do to help them build this bond, since Abby isn't able to play and talk like most kids. I worry that Logan will resent all the attention Abby gets, and he will not be as "careful" with her as he needs to be with her. I wonder if Abby gets jealous with the ease at which Logan is able to walk, run, jump, climb, talk, and the list goes on and on.

But then, as I watch them interact with each other, my crazy-worry-stricken mind is settled.

Sitting in the double stroller, Abby hits Logan on the head..softly....repeatedly. Being hit in the head is something that would be problematic in a typical family, but we are not typical (if there is such a thing), and Logan already knows that Abby doesn't mean harm with her hands. What might be hitting to other kids is playing to Logan. They both get a kick out of it, laughing out loud and feeding off of one another. It's funny how they are learning to play with each other.

Later, Logan pushes Abby's stroller at the park and reaches out to help her off the slide. I am giving him the benefit of the doubt when I say he was helping her off the slide, and not pushing her off the slide,as it just sounds better, honestly. Either way, he is a sweet little guy and a great little brother.

I'm sure they will both do many not-sweet things to each other, but that actually is typical.


  1. oh this was so sweet to read! Nolan can take a lesson from Logan for sure! Avery taps his head and he says NO GO AWAY!
    It has become more apparent that he is realizing now that his sissy is different. He got to play with a friends daughter who is just three and he was in awe of her talking so much and interacting with him so well. But I know no one will love her like he will!

  2. Maybe it isn't a typical family, but it sounds like it's own crazy version of wonderful!