I have four amazing special needs children:
My oldest daughter is 7. She is a former 24 week micro-preemie micro-wonder. She is blind due to Retinopathy of Prematurity and has significant developmental delays and will require life long care. She has also been remarkably healthy and the most mild mannered, easy going of my crew!
My oldest son is 5. He was born full-term with Interuterine Growth Restriction. He has a growth hormone deficiency, various facial deformities that lead to tear duct reconstruction and chronic sleep apnea, and also has a diagnosis of High Functioning Autism. He is my Mr. Intensity and he does everything with 1000% enthusiasm.
My second daughter is delightfully two. She was born with multiple congenital heart defects, had her first interventional catherization in January followed by her first open heart surgery this May. She has been struggling with deteriorating function of her left ventricle and aortic insufficiency. She's been given an 70-80% 10 year survival rate, but we take that with a grain of salt. She is most precocious child and takes the world by storm.
My second son is also delightfully two. He is also a former 25 week micro-preemie micro-wonder. He has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and was exposed to multiple illegal drugs in utero. He has ataxic cerebral palsy, brain injury, chronic lung disease, and developmental delays and is g-tube fed. He is consistently my Mr. Sunshine. Always laughing and always smiling about something...even when that something is provoking a sibling into screaming.
I am currently 20 weeks pregnant with kidlet number five. We are all eager to see what wonderful things he or she will be adding to our family.