Brooklyn, My first little love. I pray that 2016 is a healthy year for you without surgeries, seizures, broken bones or hospital stays. I hope that it is a year of scientific breakthroughs for Rett Syndrome that will bring us a cure or at least treatments that might help some of the the more devastating symptoms of Rett; because even though you are the strongest, bravest, most patient young lady I know – you shouldn’t have to be. I pray that you continue to have an amazing year in fifth grade and more awesomeness this fall as you move into MIDDLE SCHOOL (*gasp* – I am SO not ready for that!) I remember the mean girls in middle school when I was your age and you do not deserve one second of that because you are the most kind, loving person I know. I pray your amazing friends will always be at your side. Most of all I hope that each day of this year you know how much I love you, believe in you and how much I am inspired by you….you have made me a better mother, a better woman, and for that I can’t thank you enough.
Boston, my sweet boy. I pray that 2016 will bring you more functional communication. I want more than anything to know what thoughts are going through that sweet little head of yours and I want to meet your needs in order to reduce the amount of frustration you deal with each day. I hope you continue to love your ABA program, learn new things, and above all that you develop friendships there, because everyone deserves a best buddy and you have so much to offer. I hope that you know that I love you (so much it hurts sometimes) and I hope that every day brings a smile to your face – because that smile changes hearts!
Here is to 2016 my friends!