A mother’s unconditional love…it is for real

Delivering a baby whom you carried in your womb for nine months, more or less,  is a very satisfying and heavenly experience.

More so, if the baby is the very first of the new mom.

Even if the baby is SPECIAL.

Thereafter, only a mother can provide to her child the best care there is.

A mother’s  UNCONDITIONAL LOVE….a nurturing love , which  a mom wholeheartedly  gives.

Let me introduce to you a mom who has a  special kid and is happy to share her experiences.
 

 

LEE is married and blessed with four kids, 3 girls and a boy.

The three young ladies  are in high school and all are doing good, all of them with honours.

Her youngest, a boy named MARK has  Down syndrome and presently enrolled in a  Special Education program.

How old were you when you had your special child and how did you know that he was special?

” I was 42 when I had Mark and I knew right away when I saw him at the delivery room that he was special based on his facial features. I had a sister who also had  Down syndrome  but she passed away a few years back and  so their features are quite familiar to me. “ 

Tell me about your special  son.

” Mark has Down syndrome with  a congenital heart disease.

He is a jolly kid who loves watching motorcycle and car races and sports on television.

At  9 years old, he is  still unable to talk but communicates  in his own way, like if he wants to watch TV, he will hold your hand and bring you close to where the plug is.

He can walk on his own, but still needs full assistance in eating. He is not yet fully toilet-trained as well.”

How did you and your family react to the news that he is special?

” I was initially  shocked because I had no idea when I was pregnant about having a special baby.

Then, I was depressed for awhile. I guess I was unprepared emotionally during his birth.

But in the end, I just accepted him for who he was, so did  my family.”

           

Do you have any fears about his future?

” Yes, because Mark is special, he will be dependent on us throughout his lifetime and I don’t know when we get older if we can still take care of him or if we pass away, who will be responsible for him?

I guess parents always think about the future of their kids especially if they have special needs. “

Did you have any struggles on caring for him and how did you manage?

” Taking care of him has been a challenge because he needs special attention especially since he has a congenital heart disease. Of course we also have to understand how he behaves.

I remember Mark had several episodes of convulsion with fever when he was around 4 years old and he was admitted to the hospital for several days. It was then that we realized that we could lose him and that we really love him dearly.

With the support of my family, and him getting more independent, things are becoming better and easier each day. “

Is he having therapies or attending Special Education?

” Mark is seeing a Pediatric cardiologist at least once a year and he has maintenance medicines for his heart.

For the last two years, he has been going to a Special Education program from Monday to Thursday for one and a half hours in the morning in a class of 3-4 kids. “

What advice can you give to parents especially  moms on how to take care of a special child?

 

A mother's unconditional love
Accept your child for what he is. Celebrate his life and all his milestones. Support him all the way!

” Love your special child no matter what. Be very patient with him or her.

Provide your kid with everything that you feel he needs for him to grow up like a normal kid. “

Having a special child is indeed a blessing

These special kids maybe a challenge to take care of but usually they are the darlings in the family, they bring so much joy and  happiness everyday.

Support from the family especially the spouse and the relatives as well as the whole community is of utmost importance for our special kids to thrive and develop fully.

 

Watch out for more interviews with some other moms or family members with special kids.

 

We would love to hear from you, especially to moms out there who have children with special needs. Please share your story with us.

 

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Author: Marita

I am a doctor by profession who had several years of clinical practice as a Pediatrician and General Practitioner. At present, I work as a Clinical Research Assistant in a large university. Pangga ta ikaw remembers fondly a loved one who passed away and making her demise more meaningful. Supporting children with special needs in our hometown in the Philippines through Special Education is our main focus and through this website, we also aim at making everyone realize that special kids need our love and support.

6 thoughts on “A mother’s unconditional love…it is for real”

  1. Marita – your passion for these wonderful children of God shines through beautifully within your blog.

    Very touching and extremely well done. I really enjoyed the interview and believe this is such a great way to bring people to realize how special these people are.

    All the best to you – keep up the good work!

    Dallas

    1. Hi Dallas,

      These special kids are truly gifts from God. They bring extra joy and hope to their families .

      Helping them and their families is a way for me to remember my lost sister who had Down Syndrome. We lost an angel in our midst but her legacy will continue.

      Thanks for the nice comments.

      Marita

  2. Marita,
    Thank you for helping bring stories like this to our attention. All to often we get caught up in our own lives and begin to take our children for granted. A mother’s unconditional love…it is for real carries even more meaning on this day after Mother’s Day. Some Special children cannot express themselves, perhaps we should all remember to say a special thank you to Mother’s with Special Needs Children. I think it is wonderful that you have chosen to honor your sister in this way.
    Sanders

    1. Hi Sanders,

      That was my thought yesterday, on Mother’s day, we need to honor doubly mothers of children with special needs because they do a lot more than the moms with normal kids. 

      My very own mother is one. She raised two special kids out of her ten children. Yes, we are a really big family. 

      I only have a son and step-daughter who lived with us when she was already 15. And raising my only son gave me more appreciation for my mother who raised a lot more.

      Indeed, mothers of special needs kids ( who also include 3 other sisters of mine ) are really ” special” themselves in a different connotation being able to be very patient and caring to their special angels.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      God bless,

      Marita

  3. Very touching and heartwarming. Moms who raise special kids are the strongest. This reminds me of the mom I often see during Sunday mass when she tags her special child along during communion. She always has that smiling face, calm and peaceful demeanor which makes me feel sometimes envious. I have four kids – all normal and happy but her courage and strength is just incomparable to mine.

    1. Hi Judith,

      Very true!

      Like you, I doubly honor moms with special kids. I believe their children with special needs give them pure joy, just being with them and caring for them.

      They are angels in their midst.

      Thanks for reading!

      God bless,

      Marita

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