POV: Three times the need, three times the love

Our youngest daughter, Rebecca, has fewer special needs — but they are no less important. Rebecca has stomach and digestive issues that require close monitoring and medication. She has eczema, situational allergies and wears bi-focal glasses.

Juggle faster, harder … smarter.

My family is full of special needs. I like to think that all of these needs has brought us closer and created a five-person team. If an outsider were to look at these special needs as a single unit, they might find it overwhelming. At times I feel the same way –as if a tornado is sucking my breath away. Then slowly the whipping winds settle down and, piece by piece, a new pattern of needs emerges.

In the end, I realize that I am lucky all that juggling of slippery chainsaws will have a beautiful payoff of healthy and happy children.

Jennifer Steuer is an Albany mom, whose busy household includes her husband, Harlan, and 5-year-old triplets Olivia, Benjamin and Rebecca. The one thing she misses most about pre-triplet days is sleep.

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