We have seen Jacqueline and Chris Laurita struggle with their son, Nicholas’, autism diagnosis in the first two episodes of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Jacqueline is taking to her Bravo Blog to talk about the emotional moment when Chris surprised her and Nick told her he loved her again. Jacqueline also explains the complications from her pregnancy and shares the hope she has for Nick.
Jacqueline writes, “This was an emotional episode for me to watch. Talking about Nick’s Autism diagnosis is still very new and painful, although there’s hope. My husband told the truth when he saidÂ I was very emotional. I still have my moments of weakness, but I gain my strength from those moments. The support of my husband, my family, my friends, and all those that have reached out to us have given me my strength, hope, and encouragement to keep up the fight to recover our child. Thank you for that! XO!
I need to clear up my husbandâ€™s memory of what the doctor actually told me regarding my pregnancy when my son’s heartbeat wasn’t found. What he said wasn’t really fair to the doctor. Let me explain: I had gone in for an ultrasound to check the babyâ€™s heartbeat around my 6th week of pregnancy. The doctor wasn’t able to be in the room with me that day, so a technician did my ultrasound. They weren’t allowed to read the results to me without the doctor being present. I had to wait to hear from him. I left for Atlantic City to shoot our first Bravo promo pictures for Season 1, where I wore that fuchsia pink dress. We were just finishing up when I got the call from my doctor telling me that they couldn’t find my baby’s heartbeat during my ultrasound. He told me that my hcg levels were high enough that we should have been able to see something on the monitor. It was his opinion that it looked like it could be another miscarriage. After having 5 previous miscarriages, I was devastated to hear that news again. I cried the whole way home. The doctor told me I could wait it out to see if I would miscarry naturally or come in and have them assist in terminating the pregnancy.
I decided to wait it out another week and then go in to check for the heart beat once again before deciding. I prayed a lot that week. Sure enough, a week later, there was a beautiful heartbeat! My baby was thriving! We were thrilled! We consider him our miracle baby! We waited a long time for him. He is truly a blessing.
I used to disappear and go upstairs for a cry during our weekend family gatherings, because it was very hard for me to see my child not interacting with our family in the way that I wished he could. I wished that he could interact and entertain ourÂ family the same way that his cousin, Joey, who is 2 weeks younger could. It was difficult not to compare or notice their differences. It broke my heart. We all were struggling withÂ his diagnosis, and everything that came with it, in our own way. It’s really hard to focus on other things when you’re worrying about your child. Somehow we manage. It had become our mission to recover him and help as many others as we can.
At this point in time, Nicholas had started preschool at a typical school with an IEP in an inclusion classroom. He gets about 6 hours ofÂ therapy there. ABA, Speech and Language, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Self Help skills, Yoga, Music Therapy, Art, Gym, Library, Therapy Dog, etc. He loves school and his teachers are amazing with him.”
Jacqueline goes on to talk about the emotional moment with Nick that her husband Chris surprised her with. She writes, “That moment was much more emotional than what you saw in that scene. To me, it meant there was hope. If he was capable of saying that and all that he had accomplished thus far, I believed he could do so much more.Â Since then, he continues to surprise and impress us with his accomplishments.”
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