My sister asked me for recent pictures of my boys the other night for a project she's doing, and I came to an awful realization - while I have hundreds of recent cute pictures of Curren, I have less than a handful of Weston. Granted he is in the funny-face phase of photo taking right now and I don't get many good photo opportunities with him, but it got me thinking about how much Weston's life has changed since Curren was born,
I remember being pregnant with Curren and wondering how in the world was I going to have enough love for two children? I already loved Weston with all my heart, and how would I be able to split that in half and make it enough? And somehow it happens - your heart grows and grows, and holds an insane amount of love for your little munchkins. I love my boys equally, but unfortunately I don't get to spend equal time and effort with them. Because Curren doesn't have abilities equal to his brother, it is the unfortunate reality.
I know that it's tough to be a sibling of a child with special needs, but it's also incredibly rewarding. Weston has learned to be caring, compassionate, and patient at a very young age. He sees our family make sacrifices and provide constant dedication to help Curren be his personal best, and that determination becomes ingrained in him. He has formed a special bond with his brother that no other person has, and will always be significant and influential to Curren. Weston has loved his brother from the moment he laid eyes on him in the hospital, where his destiny was determined. He has an important role, he will love and care for his brother over the coarse of his entire lifetime.
To my first son, Weston, I want you to know how much you mean to our family. You are Curren's biggest cheerleader. You are so sweet and thoughtful every day, whether it's trying to make Curren laugh, giving him kisses, bringing him toys he can't reach, racing in to his room in the morning to catch him sleeping before he wakes up, or just being the fabulous big brother that you are. We are blessed to have such an incredible soul, and to call you ours.
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I am a mother, architect, wife, and a lover (not a fighter) - with a thirst for knowledge. My journey been recently refocused, as my family navigates through the world of medical and developmental uncertainty in hopes of providing every opportunity for my son to be his personal best in life.