Mothering When Your Well is Empty

Mothering when your well is empty

“I am touched out!” Raise your hand if you’ve expressed those words before. I have both of mine raised. There have been far too many times when I just CANNOT. The kids demanded two different dinners, so you made three because you need to eat, too. Then they decided that whatever you so humbly made them is inedible by the time it arrives to their plates. So you passed out bowls of yogurt and Goldfish because there’s no way you will make another meal. Why are these tiny humans so unreasonable?!

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I’m giving myself three months to manage my mental health without medication.

Self-care can look different for each of us.

Two experiences with postpartum mood disorders, antenatal mood disorders and now situational depression. I’m a parent of two young children on the autism spectrum and realized that I am likely on the spectrum as well. I never anticipated that mental health would play such a large role in my life. But here I am, finally tapered off of a medication that caused an allergic reaction. Two other drugs ruled out due to the level of side effects that I experienced. My doctor and I have agreed on this – I’m giving myself three months to manage my mental health without medication.

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I can’t compare our children to yours, but sometimes I still do.

I can't compare your children to ours

We all know it to be true: comparison is the thief of joy. Parents of special children know that twinge in our gut that immediately follows a comparison. It’s a twinge of pain and guilt. I know that I can’t compare our children to yours, but sometimes I still do.

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Pity Party for One

Pity Party for One

I have been at this special needs parenting gig for a while now and most things don’t phase me anymore; but, there are certain things that hit me a little harder than usual. Sometimes the stressful things happen consecutively and I find myself wanting to crawl in bed, have a good cry and enjoy a pity party for one.

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Coming Up for Air {Part Three}

This is the final post in a three-part series about reaching the point in C’s diagnosis and early intervention in which I am finally coming up for air. Here are links to the first and second posts.

Coming Up for Air {Part Three}

When C was diagnosed with autism, I went through a grieving process and the instant overwhelm of next steps.

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Coming Up for Air {Part Two}

This is the second post in a three-part series about reaching the point in C’s diagnosis and early intervention in which I am finally coming up for air. Read the first post here.

C and Baby Jo Thanksgiving 2013

When he aged out of Birth to Three, he finally started receiving good help from an Occupational Therapist and Speech Therapist for his Sensory Processing Disorder. We spent so much time with them and he made a lot of progress. He was hospitalized again that summer for an inpatient video EEG and an MRI. We thought he was experiencing absent seizures. We discovered abnormal brain activity that put him at high risk for seizures, but he did not have epilepsy.

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