Thursday, May 19, 2016

How Strong Are You?

<a target="_blank" href=";u=930113&amp;m=46239&amp;urllink=&amp;afftrack="><img src="" border="0" alt="Gymboree Sale On Now!" /></a>

Have you ever looked at someone else's life and thought to yourself, "There's no way I could handle that."

How Strong Are You?

Chances are, you are strong enough to handle it if you had to.

I never thought I was strong enough to handle a baby with severe eating issues, a long list of medical problems, and a G Tube.  But I was.  Some days, I think back to Davy's first year of life, and I can't believe I did it.  I mean, I couldn't handle being in the room when Nano had to get stitches in his head at 10 months old.  I even got squeamish about changing Katie's earrings.  And yet, there I was, pushing a G Tube through a hole in my baby's stomach and barely flinching. (Okay, I was completely freaking out on the inside, but I got through it!)

I belong to a group on Facebook for parents of children with feeding disorders and feeding tubes.  I see what some of these parents deal with on a daily basis, and I am in awe of them.  How do they manage with everything they have to handle?  I find myself thinking that I could never do what they do.  I'm sure those parents at one time thought the same thing but when faced with a tough situation, they're able to step up to the plate and take care of their child, no matter how hard it is.

When you're a parent, you do whatever it takes.  You set aside your own needs to be sure that your child is taken care of.  You deal with the issues that life throws at you and come out stronger than you ever knew you were.

You can do this.  You can make it through the days when your child or children seem like they do nothing but cry, fight with each other, or get into everything.  You can handle a new medical diagnosis for your precious little one.  You can advocate for your child even when it seems like you're swimming upstream.  You can take care of the colicky baby who cries for hours everyday.  You can deal with non-stop tantrums from a toddler.  You can nurse and comfort your child
when they're sick or hurt.

Tweet: Are you strong enough to parent a child with special needs? You may be surprised at your answer. @sunshineNspoons

You're a mom (or dad!) and you're stronger than you realize.

This post is linked up at:
1. Katherine's Corner 2. Grammie Time 2 3. The Deliberate Mom   4. Cord of 6 5. You Are a Daisy 6. Coffee Shop Conversations 7. Create With Joy  8. Susan B Mead 9. Mom's Small Victories 10. The Zippy Zebra 11. Smart Moms Smart Ideas 12. The Modest Mom Blog 13. Donna Reidland 14. What Joy is Mine  15. Marilyn's Treats 16. Mrs. A Ok