I am totally THAT mom.
Each year when I send my daughter off to her first day of school, it hurts.
Like physically, in my gut, hurts.
My breathing feels shallow.
My heart seems to skip beats.
My cheeks are hot and tingly.
Waves of nausea pass through my belly like the ocean when a storm is near.
I want to tell you something about this smart and sassy girl right here.
I’ve talked about various challenges that Evalyn faces each day, including her congenital heart defects, and motor skill and speech delays. I haven’t really talked about specific diagnoses because those labels have not been integral to the messages I have shared. And in the big picture of who my girl is as a person, they do not matter.
But, today I want to share with you one of her conditions that impacts Evalyn in every way, every single day of her life – Cortical Visual Impairment.
This little girl amazes me.
At one time, not too many years ago, I didn’t know if she would ever walk.
When your child is nearing their third birthday and hasn’t yet taken their first steps, fears like this come to mind. This is a huge part of being a special needs parent, you know. The fears. The questions. The what-ifs. They are things my fellow special needs parents and I know all too well.
“Believe I can.”
The shirt says it all.
From the very beginning, I have always believed in my daughter. Believed in her ability to beat the odds. Believed in her strength and persistence. Believed in all the things that she has and will accomplish.
My daughter may have special needs, but she certainly “can”.
This is a picture of my daughter (right) and her best friend. They have a great time together.
My daughter’s best friend has a beautiful smile and loves to laugh.
She has a kind and playful spirit, and is always up for a good playground.
She has the ability to sing every word to her favorite songs and adores dance class.