When will I be “BIG”

Leah has become aware of the fact that she looks different, I often here her say I want new arms or why can’t I reach but she can, it’s difficult for me because I often find myself saying “Leah you are Special” and I know from the look on her face that the “Your Special” thing is  becoming a bit monotonous  . People tend to assume that she does not really understand her condition because she is only 4 years old, but I know this is not true and she is becoming increasingly aware of her difference.

I guess I knew this time would come and I am fully aware that this is only the beginning , when she meets other kids she will always ask “How old are you”  and low and behold if they say that they are 4 years old she asks “Why are you so big ( tall)”  The worst for her (and me) is when she tells other kids that she is 4 years old they run off and say  “No way you’re still a baby” this gets her into a rage of astronomical proportions and it usually turns into a screaming  situation of  “ IM NOT A BABY STUPID!!!”  Or this one “OH FOR GOODNESS SAKE IM NOT A BABY YOU RUDE IDIOT” and that thanks to the vocabulary building skills of Leah’s older sister.

The worst of me is to see the utter frustration of this perfectly capable 4 year old trying to explain that she is just small and she can play just as well if not better than the other kids. Recently she asked her dad “when will I be big (pointing to the sky)” and all dad could do was pick her up and say one day you will be grown up …just not “big” and to our surprise she said “No I want to be big” as she was not interested in the maturity aspect of growing up she wanted to know about her height.

I really thought that I would be prepared and ready to answer any questions, but I don’t know if I am. I feel so sad when kids call her a baby, I feel sad because I see how angry this makes her. But on the upside once they give her a chance, they realise that she is just short and all is forgotten. But what gets to me the most is that it seems she  may have to prove her worth in every new situation, and it’s so unfair that a simple difference warrants you to the test of worthiness before acceptance.

It’s sad that even in the world of children for some, the bad habits of ignorance is instilled, and it seems it’s the BIG people who don’t seem the weed out this prejudgment of difference.  If you took the time to teach your child about not seeing disabilities as an obstacle imagine the difference it would make, after all we are our children’s greatest teacher and most of what they know comes from you.

Sydney Lee Williams

From Craig & Lauren..
It is with great Sadness that we announce the passing of Sydney Lee Williams this morning.
We would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support and wish to ask for privacy during this time.
Sydney has been called home Hallelujah all Praise and glory be to God.

This is to a very special little girl who’s short life touch the hearts of many around the world.

Such a bubbly, energetic and  fun loving child.

You will be missed by many, the joys and pleasures your presence has brought into our lives.

God knew when your were born that you were destined for a special purpose.

Craig and Lauren should be proud that God has chosen you, Sydney, to bring us all together is his name .

You will be remembered always.

God please bless Craig and Lauren and help them get through this tragedy and give them the strength they will need.


By : Morne Lategan

Prayers for Sydney Lee Williams

18-month-old-baby Sydney Lee Williams   is in critical condition after she nearly drowned in her family swimming pool, we know that people should be aware of pool safety  but these things happen … but right now, more than anything little Sydney needs your prayers as she fights for her life in Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town.

Today I call on my blog readers to please keep this precious little girl as well as  her mom and dad in your prayers. Let’s pray for Gods comfort and healing to be with them during this time of need.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 9,700 times in 2010. That’s about 23 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 13 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 113 posts. There were 26 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 7mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was May 7th with 181 views. The most popular post that day was What new???.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, johnsonfamjourney.blogspot.com, monkeyandmommyraab.blogspot.com, knoahsarc.org, and howlifeismeasured.blogspot.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for stork, huggies jeans, huggies jeans diapers, cauliflower ear, and raising leah.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


What new??? April 2009


“Special Deliveries” Welcome Reece Ethan Overberg!!!! July 2008


A “Little” History About Little Leah December 2008


Leahs Album March 2008


About Leah January 2008

Thanks to all my Raising Leah readers, thank you for taking the time to visit our blog and for helping me to raise dwarfism awareness in South Africa