Meet CafeMom's Featured Mom: DyerMaker
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 son developed normally up until about 13 months of age. At around 15 months of age he "lost" the 10 words he could say. He became very irritable. I just thought it was a phase. At his well check, I mentioned it to his pediatrician who encouraged me to get free speech therapy for my child through early intervention. They came, reviewed my son, played with him, worked with him and Autism was mentioned several times. I fought the diagnosis tooth and nail. I decided to learn a little about autism on my own online just to "prove them wrong". As I did more research, I realized that yes, it was worth it to get an evaluation. 2 weeks after his second birthday, he was evaluated. He was a "textbook case".
2. What has been the most challenging part of the journey? And the most rewarding?
The most challenging so far was getting my DH on board, and then dealing with the depression that came afterwards. We felt like we "lost" a child. The most rewarding has been how freeing the diagnosis ended up being for our family. We no longer focused on my child meeting a specific milestone, or comparing his achievements to his peers. When we stepped back and did just that, we saw how truly brilliant and loving our son is.
3. What group do you most frequently hang out in on CafeMom?
Autism: Support Across the Spectrum
4. What do you like most about CafeMom?
I feel like I have finally found a support system! This works for me and my family since I can come on any time I get a chance to.
5. A mom's spare time is precious (if it exists at all!). How do you spend yours? (Aside from on CafeMom, of course.)
What spare time? haha! I like to write, cook and window shop.
6. What are your favorites:
Book: No Greater Love by Mother Theresa
Movie : Singing in the Rain
Song : She's Like Texas by Josh Abbott
Food : Homemade Spaghetti
Place to travel to : anywhere where a hammock and drinks in umbrellas are served at. It's been a few years!
7. Which celebrity mom would you most like to hang out with, and why?
Holly Robinson Peete. She and her husband, Rodney have been very inspirational.
8. If you could give a mom whose child is facing a possible autism diagnosis one bit of advice, what would it be?
Your child is STILL the same kid he was yesterday. S/He still needs your love, affection, attention, and support.
9. If you had to choose, what single word best sums you up?
10. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? And if you work, what's your job?
I always wanted to be a newscaster. I saw myself as the next host of GMA or the Today show. I wanted to fight for what was right in the world. I am a Stay at home mom, and even though I am NOT a newscaster, I have been given a great gift and opportunity to help right some wrongs in this world when it comes to Autism Spectrum Disorders. Every Person COUNTS!
11. If you could trade places with any one person for a day, who would it be?
I think I would actually trade places with my DH. I would love to know what a normal day for him is like at work. It would help to make our relationship a lot stronger. He would walk in my shoes, and I would walk in his. I think it would help for me to see his challenges and struggles.
Now answer her question for YOU:
Who/what inspires you to be a better mom?