Watching my year in review this morning brought a tear to my eye....because 2017 has been one of the worst (if not the worst) year I can remember.
Apart from making Perth our new home again and having old friends and family around, making new friends and great new jobs, we personally struggled to come to terms with finding out that Nate has a genetic disorder which threw our worlds into turmoil. So many questions were asked....’why us?’ ‘Why Nate?’ ‘What now?’ and just ‘why why why’. There are many people out there who are dealing with much worse, but this for us, was our worst. Our lives changed this year. Our normal family routine changed and we needed to incorporate plenty of therapy and specialist appointments to ensure we could give Nate the best possibly early intervention we could.
6 months on and he has gone from strength to strength. Our goal was to get him up to the level developmentally for his age and we’ve done that! OT, Speech, swimming, physio, scans - we’ve done the lot! And I am so glad we did! In April we were told Nate would always be a year behind, now he is on par with being a normal 2 year old. Lots of hard work, commitment and supportive workplaces and families have got us to this point. He will always be smaller then his peers due to his microcephaly and on review with therapy, but we got there!! And I knew we would! He is the funniest and most loving little guy we know and he has so much love for everyone he meets 💕
We are now awaiting the birth of our second child which scarily, I did not think we would have given everything we have had to go through. We are so excited to see how Nate will go being a big brother!
Thank you to everyone who has sent well wishes, messages of support and been there for us since this journey began. We cannot thank you enough and we wouldn’t have gotten through this difficult time without the love and support we have received.
2017 has challenged me personally in ways I never thought I would have too, but we’ve kicked it in the butt and I know 2018 will open new exciting ventures for our little family.
Be forever grateful for what you have each and everyday. Some people aren’t so lucky.