Life with CP

A family's story living with cerebral palsy in Chicago

Life with CP - A family's story living with cerebral palsy in Chicago

Didier Farm Pumpkin Patch

      This weekend we went to Didier Farm to visit their pumpkin patch.  We all had a great time.  It was great to give him that experience, since we never made it last year due to his surgery.  I was surprised at how observant he can be.  There are many activities and plenty too see. There was a pig pen, a petting zoo, and carnival rides. He is too little for some of these activities, but they also had a mini corn maze and spook house.  We didn’t even have time to do everything that was there. 

     We did make it to the hayride.  Since he has never been on a tractor or hay ride… this was very exciting.  He just kept giggling while we bounced up and down.  There was a boy sitting next to him that offered some straw from the hay, but Jacob kept putting it in his mouth… The farm has little radio flyer wagons to help everyone bring the pumpkins back to their cars.  Some parents chose to pull their children in them.  When we were in line for the hay ride.. Jacob kept yelling “Truck.. Truck!”, referring to a wagon that was left.  I swear, he forgets that he can’t walk. When he really wants something, he jumps right out of my arms to run to it!


         Jacob has never been on a horse before.  Since I am very interested in hippotherapy for next summer, I wanted to see how he would respond to being on a real pony.  He giggled at first, but after the pony started to go… he wanted to get off.  I literally had to hold Jacob up, since he was not holding onto the saddle.  Wow they walked fast… I got a mini workout! 

       Before we left, we took some time to pick our pumpkins. Mert picked the big one and Jacob and I picked two smaller ones.  We sat him on a huge pumpkin for some pictures and he kept calling it a ball. It was a great day to get out…. but it’s just not the same going pumpkin picking in 80 degree weather!










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  • Danielle Ryan says:

    I am so happy to see all of these great pictures from Didier Farms. Its so great that Jacob had such a good time and you were able to spend time together as a family!

    October 14, 2008 at 12:46 pm
  • Pegg Delaney says:


    I am so proud of you and Jacob. He is such an amazing boy. You are really giving great insight into living (and living with joy) with special needs. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

    October 15, 2008 at 9:26 am

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