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Tis the season

Hey y'all!

Sorry it's been so long, sometimes it's hard for me to keep up with life and writing this. But, I did want to pop up here and talk about something many people never think about, which is holidays with a special needs child. It can be super difficult for us parents during this time of year. David, for example, won't decorate cookies. He doesn't care for presents or understand the holidays. None of this is a huge deal, but when you have a new baby, it's so easy to dream of all of the traditions you'll make as a family. When your child is special needs, those traditions tend to have to change. I wouldn't change David for the world, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel like we miss out on some of the magic of the holidays as a "normal" family. David will more than likely never want to go to a parade, always will be overstimulated by presents, and just not a super holiday lover. And THATS OKAY! But it's also okay that it makes me a little sad that I'll never have that magically Christmas morning with him. And guess what? That's okay too. I don't know about y'all, but I spend so much time feeling guilty that I feel that way. Why?? It doesn't mean I love my son any less. So just wanted to share for any of my parents out there that feel like they're missing out this holiday season. I see you. Your feelings are valid and it doesn't mean you don't love your child!

🖤 Erica

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