‘RHOC’ Star Gina Kirschenheiter Blames Herself For Daughter’s Developmental Issues — ‘I Feel Like It’s My Fault’
Gina Kirschenheiter is torturing herself over her daughter’s developmental delay. On the October 29 episode of Real Housewives of Orange County, the mother-of-three revealed that she blames herself for the developmental issues her daughter Sienna is having. Gina, 35, also claimed that her drama with her estranged husband Matt could be contributing to how she didn’t spot Sienna’s issues right away.
During the October 29 episode, Sienna, 5, spends time with a professional who worked with her on her sensory processing and fine motor skills. Gina watched their session, as Sienna struggled to respond to instructions correctly, such as following a pen with her eyes or turning her head without moving the rest of her body.
“I do feel like I’ve dropped the ball on this,” the Bravo star said during a confessional. “I feel like it’s my fault because I did something wrong, or I failed to see something with one of my kids.” After Sienna’s session, the professional told Gina that her daughter requires therapy, and that she believes there will be positive results.
Gina also told her friends that she wondered if she missed a lapse in her daughter’s development because of the strain between her and Matt, 35. “That's part of what makes me feel like I should try to get back with Matt,” she confessed. “Clearly things are slipping, because…it's overwhelming, and I'm just not enough for everybody.”
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2019 has been a tough year for Gina. In July, she issued a plea deal in her DUI case from her arrest in February. Gina also alleged that Matt threatened to kill her in June during a blowout fight in the couple's home. Despite the couple's tumultuous past, they reached a custody deal in August. Gina will receive approximately $10,000 a month in child and spousal support and will get primary custody of their three kids.
The Long Island native initially revealed on the August 27 episode of Real Housewives of Orange County that her daughter was struggling with a developmental delay. “I’m getting a little nervous,” the Bravo star said at the time. “She’s having fine motor issues.”
During a parent-teacher conference, Sienna’s preschool teacher told Gina that her daughter was “a little behind on her developmental skills” and “doesn’t know how to write her name.”
The reality star also said that despite her relationship drama with Matt, he has been “good” and supportive about Sienna’s developmental delay.
Real Housewives of Orange County airs on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. on Bravo.