First pony ride
I suspect that parents of typical kids are always on the lookout of the parts of themselves they see in their own kids, not just stuff like "hes got my nose" (Ryan definitely does have mine) or "his hair is red like his fathers" (sorry JB, blond like mine too) but also in the harder to see at first glance traits. With a delayed kid its always hard to know what is part of his personality and what is just the delays. Maybe Ryan's quiet because hes just quiet, or is the hypotonia, they say hypotonic kids are more laid back, no one has ever accused me of being laid back but JB certainly has an ample supply of that trait, so who's to know?
You also want to see your kids take an interest in the things you also like. I'm sure every father that was ever on a high school football team cant wait to see his kid run onto the pitch. Or every artist cant wait to see what talent their little one has with a paintbrush (or adobe illustrator!). I did alot of Irish dancing growing up and often thought that my kids would dance too. Or would they be musical / play an instrument like myself? Would they enjoy drama (we have that on both sides) ? Or be able to spin a good yarn (I wont say which side that comes from, but those involved know who they are) When your child is 2 1/2 and just crawling and not uttering one word you begin to wonder what activities they will enjoy? Will they get a chance to experience all the things you did as a child? Will they enjoy dancing even though they will never be Michael Flatly? Or paint even though it might not be a Monet? I worry about these things for Ryan, I want the world to be his oyster, for him to be able to go out and develop his talents without restrictions. No matter if these things are possible, the one thing I know he will be able to do, something I'm much more passionate about than dancing or singing, or playing violin, I know I can expose him to the gift of horses. This is something he can enjoy even if he doesn't walk or talk for a while. He got to experience that this weekend, and i have to admit hes a natural! I guess the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree after all!