I grew up with a brother and sister. My husband is one of eight kids. Our son, Norrin, is an only child. And I’d be lying if I said him being alone doesn’t make me sad.
After Norrin was diagnosed with autism, I couldn’t think about having another child. I was scared of having another child with autism. I was worried if I had a typical child – would they resent growing up having a sibling with special needs? It took time for me to be emotionally ready to have another child. When I was pregnant for the second time, I was both excited and nervous. But after a miscarriage at sixteen weeks, I’ve been hesitant to try again.
I remember someone once told me that siblings are the best therapists for kids with special needs. I didn’t believe at first. But reading about these sibling relationships makes me a believer. These kids – and their parents – give me hope and the courage to think about having another child.
Read more of Lisa’s writing at AutismWonderland.