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Saturday, June 4, 2011

SO true!

I read this on Facebook and really thought it was so true. Well especially the make up part. It's sad but most of my make up I have had for awhile, but I rarely wear it because the only places I really go are to doctor appointments. Here it is.

Signs of the Special Needs Mom…

1. When attempting to dress up, for the rare occasion that you are leaving your house for something other than a doctor’s appointment, you notice that your makeup expired in 2006.
2. You use the makeup anyway.
3. Not only do you use the makeup, but you add water to the dried up mascara and eyeliner.
4. You then look like a racoon and cannot seem to find anthing that will work to get the makeup off of you.
5. You can’t have an adult conversation. Other people talk about their children’s antics, and you can’t imagine what that must be doing to their sensory systems….
6. You do not EVER leave the house without your arsenal—Giant bottle of hand sanitizer, Lysol, Clorox wipes, masks, gloves, and extras of everything (just in case).
7. IEP meeting are no longer scary. You laugh in the face of the IEP. You OWN the IEP. You may happen to sing a song that may or may not go “I’m down with IEP (yeah you know me!)”…as you ready yourself for battle.
8. When friends tell you how tired they are, you resist the urge to choke them.
9. You’re so used to people not “getting” what you deal with that you have thought about moving to an abandoned island with all the special needs mom’s you know.
10. You think you have the world record for being able to get a child in a car seat, put a wheel chair in the trunk, and get yourself buckled in.
11. You know every place in town that has anything remotely accessible.
12. You refer to Chuck E. Cheese and Monkey Joe’s (or the mall play area) as the “Pit of Doom.”
13. You’re on a first name basis with the DME. They know your voice when you call.
14. You’ve been kicked out of the social security office. (true story)
15. You can read this list, and relate…


Lee in IL said...

Here is a another one:
Regular Moms Vs Special Needs Moms
*Regular moms tell their kids to wake up and get dressed in the morning. And they do it.
*Special needs moms put on battle gear to get our kids ready to start their day.

* Regular moms ask their kids if they brushed their teeth.
*Special needs moms prompt, “Brush your top teeth. Brush your bottom teeth. Did you get the sides? Open your mouth. My God, give me that toothbrush! You’ve left half your meal in there!”

*Regular moms wave goodbye as their kids run off to catch the school bus.
*Special needs moms get awesome door-to-door bus service for their child.

*Regular moms know the names of all their friends.
*Special needs moms know most of their friends by their username.

*Regular moms judge other moms when kids have tantrums in stores.
*Special needs moms say to themselves, “Hmm, I wonder which disability he has?”

*Regular moms complain about driving their kids to sports and recreation classes.
*Special needs mom grin and bear the weekly trips to tutors, doctors and therapists.

*Regular moms’ kids have a teacher.
*Special needs moms’ kids have a team.

*Regular moms talk about accomplishments.
*Special needs moms talk about skills, as in play skills, conversation skills, life skills, social skills and vocational skills.

*Regular moms relax with their kids during the summer.
*Special needs moms start their second job as home teachers, therapists and skills coaches.

*Regular moms think accommodations refer to hotels.
*Special needs moms have memorized the top 20 accommodations for their child.

*Regular moms hope their child finds a good career.
*Special needs moms are hopeful someone gives our child the chance to work.

*Regular moms soak in the tub when they want to unwind.
*Special needs moms consider a bathroom break a luxury.

*Regular moms enjoy reading the latest best selling book.
*Special needs moms should receive an honorary degree for all the disability books they've read.

*Regular moms go out for dinner and a movie with their husbands every month.
*Special needs moms have a date night with their husbands every…wait, what decade is this?

*Regular moms complain their kids won’t eat their vegetables.
*Special needs moms are so desperate we consider chicken nuggets to be a legitimate meat product and throw in ketchup as a vegetable!

*Regular moms’ kids go to play groups.
*Special needs moms’ kids go to therapy groups.

*Regular moms meet for a ladies night out.
*Special needs moms get together at support groups and forums.

*Regular moms have medical claim forms that fit in one file folder.
*Special needs moms will tell you a small forest was cut down so we could receive our claims.

*Regular moms think OT means overtime.
*Special needs moms know more acronyms than a NASA engineer.

*Regular moms have time to cook a full dinner every evening.
*Special needs moms will never admit how many times we've picked up fast food.

*Regular moms complain their husbands sit on the couch and watch TV while they do all the work.
*Special needs moms...well how about that? Some things do stay the same!
(Just kidding dads, we know you do your part!)

Sue Z said...

I just watched a couple of Kadyn's videos on youtube. Let me tell you ... you are an awesome mom!! Either you spent a lot of time in his earlier years watching therapists working with him or you're a complete natural!! He's doing great ... I hope that you can get him into a program soon because you'll be astounded at what an intensive program can do to help with his skills. I'm an OT and I've worked at a center for children with severe disabilities. Demand that your school district provides the best ... see if your state has a parent advocacy group to help you ... ask to tour several different schools. YOU hold all of the power ... they just don't want you to know that. An ideal program for him would be one where OT, PT and speech work directly in the classroom on a daily basis ... the team approach works! If you have any questions or just want to chat, feel free to contact me at SZurich99atgmaildotcom.

Anonymous said...

Lee, I think your list is way off on many of the points. As a "regular" mom of 3, I also believe a bathroom break is a luxury and ketchup is a vegetable. While some of your points are valid and a bit humorous, I am offended by many of them. Go back and read the post a few back where Sarah talks about how much EASIER it is at times to have a special needs child than a "regular" child. I know we would give anything to have "regular" children and be "regular" moms, but please don't underestimate how hard it is for ALL mothers.

Yes, I was a "regular" mother of 3 for 12 years before I had my special child so I know both sides of it. While trying to make light of the situation, you are being quite derogatory to women who work very hard as well....being ANY kind of mother is work. You would be appalled if someone spoke negatively about your situation so perhaps you should also think before you speak.

Lee in IL said...

@Anonymous--I have 3 kids, 2 neurotypical and 1 special needs. It is not a slam on regular parenting, but a humorous way of showing how different our lives truly are.