So let’s take a minute to talk about this guy. He was born at 34 weeks,spent 9 days in the NICU with underdeveloped lungs, and was a little fighter his first year. Just before he turned one he came down with a pretty gnarly case of RSV, after many visits to the pediatrician, was hospitalized for a little over a week. Since then, this kid has been full of vim and vinegar. He’s the cool kid. The one that wants to make everyone laugh. Full of sarcasm. Very independent. Loves a good hug. Can be very loving, on his own time. Tends to feel like he gets lost in his brother’s shadow (which we do our very best not to let happen).LOVES the Steelers (even though he’s alone on that one in our house)! He also told us when he gets older he’s going to move to Hawaii and be a bachelor the rest of his life. Hey, as long as we have a place to stay that’s totally cool with us 😉
He struggles with his brother’s ASD, primarily because he is the younger brother but sometimes is expected to act like the older one. This is no one’s fault; it just is what it is. He struggles because he wants to play with his brother. He doesn’t quite understand why Noah is completely fine with being by himself without the peer interaction that he craves. He struggles because he thinks Noah gets more attention than him. In which we tell him he is correct, but it’s not the type of positive reinforcement that he thinks it is. It’s very difficult trying to explain to a nine year old, why his older brother acts younger than him. But we are pushing through it, everyday Jeremiah learns a pinch more patience, understanding and really wants to help his brother.
We love this kid and are very thankful that we have him around to understand our sarcasm and to give us a quick drive by hug!