Today I read a comment that someone posted, I don't remember it exactly, but the gist was that they had met many more people WITH their child than they would have ever met WITHOUT him. I realized this true for me too. Parenthood is like a little club. And parenting a special needs kid is like being a member of an exclusive club with all the cool people. (As you all know, I'm exclusive and cool, so quite naturally I was going to be a member.)
It has been amazing how people you don't know and probably would have never been in contact with otherwise are so open and sharing intimate details about their family's lives. In just a week, thanks to some kind words and encouragement from other parents of kids with Williams Syndrome, I've stopped feeling like a freak and more like I will actually be able to handle raising Amina. (Sort of)
I am looking forward to meeting other parents and kids with Williams and exchanging notes on what they do when their kids are screaming bloody murder in public, or waking up in the middle of the night, or refusing to eat out of a spoon and wanting to feed themselves even though they can't really chew and choke when they eat thick foods or not wanting to use a sippy cup and wanting to use a regular open cup even though they spill stuff all over the place then mommy has to clean it up and we're already running late to physical therapy and it's your 4th trip to the hospital this week because of all the appointments and...wait, what was I talking about again? Oh yes, it will be nice to meet people with similar issues and concerns.
I'm turning 29 today and I have been reflecting on all the blessings/obstacles/adventures life has thrown my way...and the best one of all, of course, is Amina.