Meet CafeMom's Featured Mom: twins0506
CafeMom is excited to announce a way we're featuring many of our terrific moms. Selected moms will respond to our "Mom of the Day" interview questions, and their interviews will then be posted in the group that they spend the most time in.
1. How did you first find out your child was on the autism spectrum?
My pediatrician recommended I get my boys, who were 19 months at the time, evaluated for speech. The speech evaluator was evaluating them and said, "you know I think they have what's called PDD-NOS." So he put in a recommendation for an eval for that. He left the house that day, I went on the computer and Googled PDD-NOS and read it's on the autism spectrum. Being my boys fit basically every criteria, I cried the rest of the day and cried myself to sleep, not even knowing if they had it or not. It all went all downhill from there... Well until now.
2. What has been the most challenging part of the journey? And the most rewarding?
The most challenging part is seeing all the toddlers their age running on the playground, using the equipment correctly. Running to their mommy telling her they love her and giving her big hugs and kisses. Hearing my brother talk about my niece (only 4 months older) how she was saying the complete alphabet at 2 years old and counting to 100. The most rewarding part is seeing how far the boys have come in such a short amount of time.
3. What group do you most frequently hang out in on CafeMom?
Autism: Support Across the Spectrum. This is the only group I can come to that everyone understands what I'm going thru and I feel comfortable talking to everyone.
4. What do you like most about CafeMom?
I love CafeMom and how they have created this place where all different types of moms can come together. You find a group that relates to you and that's it. I don't really have real life friends. It's all online friends. If it weren't for CafeMom I would have no friends!
5. A mom's spare time is precious (if it exists at all!). How do you spend yours? (Aside from on CafeMom, of course.)
I like to hang out with my family. We don't have to do anything at all. I just like being with them. Going to the park, shopping. Just being with them makes me happy.
6. What are your favorites:
Book: I don't read. I start books but never finish them.
Movie: it always changes. Right now it's the titanic.
Song: I don't have one of those either. I'm a boring person.
Food: I love cheese! Anything cheese I don't care!
Place to travel to: I want and am going to go on a cruise one day. I don't care where but I will.
7. Which celebrity mom would you most like to hang out with, and why?
I really admire Angelina Jolie. I think it was so wonderful of her to adopt children from other countries.
8. If you could give a mom whose child is facing a possible autism diagnosis one bit of advice, what would it be?
Life isn't over. The dreams you had for them when they got bigger, they can still do. It may be a little harder, but it can still be done.
9. If you had to choose, what single word best sums you up?
I said it before...boring.
10. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? And if you work, what's your job?
I wanted to be a nurse. I work... I'm a full time mommy.
11. If you could trade places with any one person for a day, who would it be?
I would trade places with my sister. Not because I want to be her but because I want her to see how hard I have it. She thinks my life is so easy.
Now answer her question for YOU:
What is one thing you would live to see you child accomplish when he/she gets older?