I am sitting here, watching my 10 month old bouncing up and down to music and it hit me: I am the luckiest mommy in the world. I have three beautiful boys, and I'd like to introduce them to you.
Gabriel is my oldest. He's 11 and has had somewhat of a hard life. Gabe was a premie baby. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer while pregnant and during my surgery he went into fetal distress. Consequently, he had to be delivered immediately by c-section 6 weeks before he was due. He also never had much of a relationship with his biological father, who was an alcoholic and passed away when he was 7. Gabe also was diagnosed with ADHD and is on medication, which helps him in school. We moved alot when he was younger and he attended 4 different schools in the course of a year. However, through all of this he is an amazingly well-adjusted child who loves music and drawing. He is a fabulous artist and loves to play guitar.
Luke is my 2 year old. He was recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and also has epilepsy. This little guy is such a trooper. He was an excellent baby, which should have alerted me to something being 'not quite right'. He never cried, slept very well, and seemed happy all the time. Now, he's typical 2, throwing temper tantrums and fighting with his baby brother! The biggest problem we have with him is he is still non-verbal, but he is learning. Luke attends a pre-school program for children with special needs every morning. He loves school and doesn't even mind taking the bus! Luke also loves music and art.
Jacen is my baby. He's 10 months old. My family calls him "velcro" because he is always attached to me. Jacen's birth was a little unusual. I went in for a c- section, since both of my prior children had been the same. I ended up going into labor and having him natural. It was quite the experience. Jacen is starting to walk already and he's very curious. He seems to be developing normally, which for a mom with 2 kids with special needs, is an extra special blessing!
So there you have it: My kids! And here they are: