Being a parent to a child with special needs is a lot of things all rolled into one.
It is the missing major milestones that makes you feel a little heartbroken.
It is celebrating the small milestones and feeling such pride and joy when they achieve it because you know how much work it took to get there.
It is letting go of certain expectations .
It is accepting realities and seeing beauty in things you never knew even existed.
It is being happy for others, their kids, their growing families, but still hurting for our own.
It is being able to juggle therapies, doctor appointments, being a spouse, having a job, keeping a household together, and caring for a toddler all at once.
It is holding space so that everyone else feels important.
It is remembering that you are lucky enough and were chosen to guide your child through their obstacles.
It is making sure that we don’t constantly talk about her disability and needs, but keeping it light for both of our children’s sake.
It is teaching my son about differences and being able to educate others about embracing them.
It is going to bed sometimes so tired and weary, knowing that you have to do it all over again tomorrow.
It is waking up the next day, seeing a smile on your children’s faces,
and knowing why you do it all again.
It is so many things all rolled into one.
But what it really is, is being able to see a different perspective.
It is loving your children so much that it hurts.
It is being able to love your family in such an exceptional way.
Being a parent to ANY child is a lot of things all rolled into one.