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Sarah Palin Opens Up About The Surprise Joys Of Raising Her Special Needs Son, Trig

Thu, November 11, 2010 8:30am EDT by Add first Comment

The mother-of-four is so proud of her 23-month-old son, Trig, who was born with Down syndrome. “What at first seemed like an overwhelming challenge has turned into our greatest blessings,” she says.

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is seeing the world in a whole new way, with the help of her 23-month-old son, Trig. In her latest book America By Heart, Sarah, 46, admits that she didn’t think she’d be able to handle caring for a special needs child, after learning that the boy had Down Syndrome, but she quickly realized that the tiny tyke was a blessing in disguise. “He’s healthy and he’s very happy,” says Sarah.

“When I found out that my baby would be born with Down syndrome, I thought, ‘Hey God, remember you promised you wouldn’t give me something I couldn’t handle? Well I don’t think I can handle this,'” writes Sarah in the book, which was excerpted in People. “But what at first seemed like an overwhelming challenge has turned into our greatest blessing. Trig has become an adorable toddler.”

Trig is the youngest of Sarah’s five kids, but he has no trouble keeping up with his siblings: Track, 21, Bristol, 20 (she’s still showing off her fancy footwork on Dancing With The Stars!), Willow, 16, and Piper, 9. “He rides with us on the four-wheelers and jogs with me in the baby jogger,” reveals Sarah, who has been married to husband Todd for 22 years.

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Considering that Sarah has an unfaltering drive to succeed, and hasn’t denied reports that she’ll run for president in 2012, it’s not surprising that her little man is learning to take risks. “Trig only recently became bold enough to step on grass,” she explains about his desire to play with his Aunt Katie’s dogs.

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How did he overcome his fears? “It turns out Trig has his own version of the Great North Star,” says Sarah, who noticed that her son could spend hours staring at his right hand when he was 3 months old. “Now when my little guy is in unfamiliar settings, or feeling out-of-sorts, Trig pauses to look at his hand.”

HollyMoms, you can see a lot more of Trig in action when his family’s reality show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, premieres on TLC on Sunday (Nov. 14).

–Amy L. Harper

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