Do you ever wonder what other people’s normal looks like? How their life differs to yours? Something you consider to be so ordinary but to others it really isn’t? For example, it wasn’t until I went to uni that I found out mash potato on a Sunday Roast was considered weird (at least in that neck of the woods) and I thought all bathrooms had a bottle of Fairy Liquid in during the 80’s….apparently everyone else actually used bubble bath. Who knew!?
This week I have been forced to look at our families normal just because of the timetable we have run. Here’s 10 things that are considered absolutely normal in our house that I suspect aren’t in yours:
- Our children (4 months and almost 4 years old) get more post than us. Medical letters, letters regarding education and appointment letters. So many appointment letters, for both kiddos.
- Both children have prescribed medication everyday (and they both love it!)
- Getting by on an average of 5 hours (often broken) sleep a night is considered winning.
- I get asked regularly what support we get. I have been asked this three times this week alone from professionals. The answer? None. We go it alone (not through choice).
- Changing a nappy on a baby changing unit in disabled toilets for someone whose head and torso only just fit on the unit. And he is growing, but facilities for him aren’t.
- Having one child with severe autism which has an impact on every aspect of our lives.
- Having another child who has, since birth been in and out of hospital. He has just been invited to participate in the national Genome Project, spearheaded by Birmingham Children’s Hospital because he has a rare condition.
- Using pictures and sign language are the best forms of two way communication between us and our autistic son.
- Parents never having a night off (parenting) together. Ever. We have never both spent a night away from the kiddos together. I can count on one hand the number of nights I have had away (apart from when in hospital having the second).
- Finding things lined up everywhere.
What things in your life do you consider normal but to others really aren’t?