Being a mom of a child with special needs has its challenges and its blessings. So often it seems we focus on what’s hard and don’t take enough time to appreciate things. You know what, it is hard, but there are so many people who inspire me and lift me up daily.
I would like to extend my thanks
Thank you to my husband, my sweet girls father, who is fiercely protective of his sweet girl.
Thank you to our NICU nurses, who cared for our girls when we couldn’t be there in their first few weeks. I’m happy to say I still keep in touch with one of them. I hope to bring the girls back to visit at some point.
Thank you to my local Facebook mom groups who give me local resources.
Thank you to my parents, who not only provided care for my girls when I went back to work until this past summer, but are still there for us when we need them.
Thank you to our therapists who are available to text and figure things out like tough new bathtime reactions from our sweet girl.
Thank you to her former therapists who helped our sweet girl as well as us as we started this journey with so many questions.
Thank you to my friends who always include our sweet girl in everything. They are ready to make accommodations that may need to be made.
Thank you to my sister, who embraces our sweet girls love of books saying “I feel like I buy her too many books, but I can see how much she loves them.”.
Thank you to her neurologist who helped us find out some of the things that our sweet girl didn’t have, guiding us with compassion.
Thank you to my Facebook due date group who cheers us on and give me a safe space to vent, ask questions, celebrate and sometimes be sad.
Thank you to my friends sweet daughter who always has the biggest of hugs for our sweet girl.
Thank you to my dearest college girlfriends who are supportive and loving from afar.
Thank you to my mom, who embraces the fact that our sweet girl is very much Grandma’s girl.
Thank you to our other sweet girl who is always prepared to try to make her sissy laugh or smile with a song or her musical bear.
Thank you to my friends who swoop in when we are all together and they know I just need a moment.
Thank you to my friends at work who are always willing to listen when I need to celebrate the little wins.
Thank you to my twin Facebook group which has moms of twins who know what it’s like to have twins that are different. Some who also know what it’s like to have twins where one has special needs.
Thank you to my wonderful group of friends here who are constantly there for me.
Thank you to my friends husband, who has siblings with special needs and always has words of encouragement for me.
Thank you to my sweet girls teachers who cheer me on when they see me giving our sweet girl tough love. They make sure I know it’s important to do so, and that it’s ok.
Thank you to my friend who helped me see our sweet girl to take her first unassisted steps.
Thank you to my boss who is so accommodating and always ready to cheer us on when I have updates for him.
Thank you to my husband, who I never heard sing until our kids were born. He is always ready with a song for our sweet girl whose first language is most certainly the language of music.
Thank you to Orlando, where there are many resources available to us here.
Thank you to restaurant servers who talk to our sweet girl like she is any other little girl, making sure she is included.
Thank you to Mickey Mouse at Chef Mickey who made sure that our sweet girl had special attention.
Thank you to our church who prays for and is always encouraging our sweet girl.
Thank you to the sweet neighbor kids, who always make sure that our girl is included.
Thank you to Ergo, your baby carrier has been a lifesaver so many times.
Thank you to the mom from one of my Facebook groups. She reached out and offered me her toddler infant carrier. She sent it to me for free knowing I carry her a lot and we are finally needing the bigger size.
Thank you to our girls teacher, who has pushed us to push our sweet girl in ways we may not have done on our own.
Thank you to my dad who is always ready to read to our sweet girl.
Thank you to my mother-in-law who is always ready to give bedtime snuggles. She comes into town ready to help and put our sweet girl to bed.
Thank you to my friends sweet son who tells his teachers he has a friend that he has to be extra careful around. He always wants to take care of our sweet girl.
Thank you to our photographer, who I permanently consider our photographer because she just understands our sweet girl.
Thank you to everyone at our sweet girls school who cheer us on every day when she walks in and out of school using her walker. They hold open doors and sometimes sing songs to get her going.
Thank you to the support I received from our sweet girls school when we finally received a diagnosis. They gave me hugs, reassurance and encouragement.
Thank you to UCF Card. They have opened up some great doors and made me feel like there is someone to help.
Thank you to the first mom who asked why our sweet girl wasn’t walking yet. Your question was so innocent. It hurt me at the time, but it made me realize that not everyone knows. Many questions come from a place of not knowing.
Sometimes little things are also big things
Thank you to chocolate and caffeine.
Thank you to people who tell me I’m a good mom, sometimes I just need to hear that.
Thank you to people who tell me I’m strong, sometimes I need to hear that.
Thank you to everyone who just loves our sweet girl.
Thank you to everyone who recognizes that she is more than a child with special needs.
She is a lover of books, a lover of music and has an amazing sense of humor.
She is amazing.
Thank you from a mom of a child with special needs.
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