… you will cheer for the little things. The faintest trace of a smile, the wobbly grip of a spoon and the first zip of a zipper will make your day. Your week. You will cry tears of joy and hug dedicated therapists while covering your tiny warrior with kisses.
… you will learn. At some point along the way you will discover the doctors and teachers and therapists know a lot, but nothing compares to what you’ve gained. The months you have spent searching for answers and accepting nothing but the best have qualified you for the highest of degrees in parenting. Everyone else will come and go but you are the constant and your honorary doctorate was completed many sleepless nights ago.
… you will learn more from your child than you could have ever imagined. Watching pursed lips as they repeat the same set of stairs or fixed eyes as they try to look at you while talking is an unending lesson in perseverance, determination and will. Reminding us we have more to learn from them than they do from us and that is exactly what they are here for.
… you will find your voice. You will begin the journey scared and overwhelmed and one day you will realize you are not that person anymore. You have argued your case with the most qualified of specialists when your gut told you to and you have petitioned your school district for the perfect placement. And you never blinked an eye.
… you will pat yourself on the back. You will look at your child, holding his head up or reaching for her diploma or saying “thank you” for the first time, and know that you did it.
You both did it.
And it was worth every single second.
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