Having a child with special needs affects the whole family.

Having a child with additional needs changes a family.  I think you become more insular as no one can truly understand how much your life has changed.  We are not the same people, same couple, same family as we were before our special boy, Hugh, was born.  Our priorities have changed.  Our needs have changed.  Hell, even our political views have changed.  It’s not all bad though.  Yes, I am beginning to feel isolated from even my closest friends, but in turn, we have grown stronger as a couple, talk more openly and rely on each other more.

My overriding concern has always been though, the effect having a brother with special needs will have on my eldest son, Sean.  He is nearly three and I worry almost as much about his future as I do about his younger brother’s. Will he get bullied for having a brother that is so ‘different’?  Will he feel neglected because his brother demands so much care and attention?  Will he be embarrassed by a brother that can’t walk or talk?  Will he be jealous…

ABC of me ...

Grr - that little Minx Tricky Customer has tagged me or whatever it's called.  It's an ABC award where I describe myself using all the letters of the alphabet

Right - so here goes ...

A Big Chatterbox, Doesn’t Enjoy Figs, Gives (Great) Hugs, Is Jolly Kind, Loves My Numerous (2 – not sure if that really counts as numerous) Offspring, Polite-ish, Quite Regularly Stubborn, Thoughtful & Understanding, Very Wine-filled, eXtremely tired, Yawn. Zzzzzzz.

Phew!  Hard work!  

(sorry guys!!!) :D