This site is for mamas striving to live an intentional special needs lifestyle with less overwhelm and more enrichment. As a woman with mental and chronic illness and mom to a rare bear with special needs, I know how it feels to live on the edge of chaos and exhaustion. Fortunately, I’ve transformed my life and health. I came from feeling overwhelmed and incapable to curating a life abundant in wellness and enrichment. I’m here to share my ideas and excitement to help you do the same through mindful, respectful parenting and self-care. But first, a little about us.
Mommin’ with Mental + Chronic Illness Raising a Rare Bear on a Path to Wellness.
In short, I’m an anxiety ridden woman with autoimmune illness. Although I’ve been gluten free and sober since October 2017, I intend to transition to a more strict diet that doesn’t piss-off my immune system. I have aspirations to become more than a pretend chef. In other words, I need to learn how to cook more than Mexican food. I’ll expose that progress, share our gluten-free favorites, and discuss food aversions and therapy.
I’m a relaxed, eclectic unschooly-homeschooler. We call it Funschool around here and thanks to shit insurance, I integrate speech, occupational, and physical therapy. As such, I’m eager to show you how to do the same. Feel free to contact me to ask questions or reguest discussion topics.
Living + Learning with Labels
Liam is my eccentric, spirited, true love, and homie with an extra chromie. He’s the hardest working person I’ve ever known. The big dogs he walks all day, erryday include Autism, Dyspraxia, Speech and Oral Apraxia, Receptive and Expressive Language Disorder, Auditory Processing Disorder, and Sensory Processing Disorder- with alpha being Trisomy 13. Liam enjoys several hobbies beyond making videos and photography. For instance, he loves running, theater, bowling and baseball.
Together, we’re bananas about nature and science, love our routines but always ready for an adventure, sunsets and sunrises, exploring new things, practicing yoga, purposeless trips to Target, views of the moon, and yard sales with lemonade stands.
While I was pregnant,
I began considering and preparing for homeschool. But it wasn’t until a bad experience that I made my final decision. Homeschooling has become a driving force to fulfill wanderlust. In other words, goin’ to all the places, doin’ all the things. There are many reasons to homeschool. Above all, I believe homeschool is more of a parenting style than an education choice- full of respect, mindfulness, and deliberate practice.I believe homeschool is more of a parenting style than an education choice- full of respect, mindfulness, and deliberate practice. #HomeschoolMom #MindfulParenting Click To Tweet
As you’ll learn from the timeline below, my abnormal normal unfolded fast. From 2010 through 2017, my own life felt like my adversary. Aside from the mental and emotional struggles of having a complex needs child with a stranger and, for the most part, raising him alone- autoimmune illness was killing me. 2018 was my new beginning. Since then, I’m guided by my mantra-
Live Intentionally, Seeking Less Overwhelm + More Enrichment
How We Got Here
It all started back in ...
More Diagnoses + Therapy
At 3 years old, Liam was diagnosed with speech apraxia, oral apraxia, receptive and expressive language delay, dyspraxia, developmental coordination disorder, hypotonia, and sensory processing disorder (affecting all 8 senses). He started private speech and occupational therapy while I continued to supplement at home. Luckily, he was fluent in ASL and he and I could easily communicate.
If you really want to get to know us,
Follow us on Instagram @LiamAndGlo, subscribe to our Youtube channel and the A.N.M.L. letter, send me an email- ask me questions and say hello, listen to A.N.M.L. podcast, and share your thoughts in the comments after posts. Thanks for ridin’ shotgun on this adventure! I could not be more grateful for your support on this banana sandwich ride.
BE BRAVE. Not everyone can do what you’re doin’.
You’re in the Right place if …
- You’re a special needs mama- trisomy babe or not, homeschooler or not.
- Parenting or homeschooling is done with a partner or alone.
- Mommin’ with mental and/or chronic illness is part of your abnormal normal.
- You’re tired of trying to balance homeschool, mom life, and self care -only to be left feeling burnt out.
- You wonder if you’ll ever be able to figure out how get through abnormal normal mom life without losing your shit, your mind, or yourself.
- You’ve Google searched your way around the digital hood, only to find commiserating articles that don’t offer solutions or tips from people who don’t understand your life.
- You’re ready for ideas that lead to solutions from someone who’s been through IT and still actively learning.
My son and I are bearers of many labels- some we unabashedly own, while others we defy. We’ve come a long way from the days of his meltdowns and Hulk rages and me crying myself to sleep. Liam is flippin’ the script on Trisomy 13, autism, apraxia, dyspraxia, sensory processing disorder, and more.
Now, Let’s flip the script on Abnormal Normal Mom Life
But first, mama, BE BRAVE. Special needs parenting is challenging AF and doin’ it with mental and/or chronic illness is next level shit. Parenting and wellness requires respect, mindfulness, and deliberate practice. It may first require change. If you’re still here, then you’re ready and I appreciate your companionship.
In mid 2107, my savage mama encouraged me to describe the life I wanted in one sentence. As a result, I created a mantra that guides me through parenting, homeschooling, wellness, and life.
My mission is to help overwhelmed special needs moms with mental and chronic illness not only guide their families with patience, wisdom, and respect- but achieve an intentional special needs lifestyle abundant in wellness and enrichment. I want all moms (including myself) to have this- so that our lives are more than constantly reacting to happenstance. For this reason, I offer practical self-care, peaceful parenting techniques, at-home therapy tutorials, homeschool tips, tools, feedback, experiential wisdom, and inspiration to achieve a well-nourished, less chaotic special needs homeschool/family life balance. I promise to keep it real and relevant around here to help you make it happen!
You got this, mama! UP TOP! xx Glo