“One day soon that little girl is gonna be all grown up and gone, and this phase is going to fly by, so we’re trying to hold on, ’cause it won’t be like this for long.”
Amber shared the above lines from Darius Rucker’s song “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” the other day on her Facebook, and they have stuck with me every day since.
It is hard to believe that Kaitlyn turns 7 today. On one hand, it seems like just yesterday that we heard her cry for the first time (and if I could recreate the look on Amber’s face from that moment, I would do it all the time); on the other hand, it sometimes seems like it has been every bit of seven years since that day.
Seven years ago today, Amber and I had no idea the adventure that we were about to go on. Yes, we were fully aware that being parents is a full-time job, but we had no idea the ups and downs that we had coming. Through it all, we have grown and learned with Kaitlyn, and I have to say that we are doing a pretty good job with her.
If someone would have told me seven years ago today that, on top of the regular challenges that come with being a parent, Amber and I would also face the extra challenges that come with having a child with Asperger’s, I can honestly say that we would have been even more scared than we were the day that Kaitlyn was born. But we would not trade it for anything in the world.
The unique challenges (like having to run to Wal-Mart at 9:30pm on a Sunday night because she just has to have cupcakes to share with the other kids at her summer camp for her birthday. If she would have shown up without cupcakes, it would have ruined her day and she honestly would have felt like she let the other campers down.) that Kaitlyn’s Asperger’s provides are not always the most fun. Frustration builds because it seems like there are times that we are all speaking a completely different language. Those times, however, are far outweighed by all of the amazing times, and there have been plenty over the last seven years.
Seven years ago, Kaitlyn officially became the reason that we get up each morning. We should have known that we were in for an amazing adventure when Amber was in labor for as long as she was.
Happy Birthday to the most amazing, unique, caring, loving, and loyal little girl that I know.