Since she and her husband, Roger Mathews, met on the original Jersey Shore series, the couple has been fairly public about their family — appearing in multiple reality shows and even creating public Instagram accounts for 2-year-old Greyson and 4-year-old Meilani. But it was still extremely difficult for the reality star to open up about something she hadn’t yet addressed in public about her son’s delayed development.
“Everyone wants to think having kids is rainbows and f**king unicorns, but it’s not,” Farley said in the show’s confessional. “My bubbe Greyson turned 2, and he still isn’t speaking, and he has therapy three days a week. So Roger decided to make me a Mother’s Day video and have all my friends be part of this video by sending in 30-second clips. Mike [Sorrentino] was the only one to be part of this video, and it’s really hurtful on so many levels.”
Although the admission was expressed within Farley’s emotional venting, it struck a chord with hundreds of viewers, who ended up reaching out to the mother of two to express their own parenting struggles. In response to the moms and dads who found themselves relating to her situation, Farley took to her Instagram to post a more in-depth explanation and to say thank you.
To everyone that tuned into @jerseyshore last night and messaged, commented etc about @greysonmathews with similar stories or just showing love I cant thank you enough. As a mother, I will go to the moon and back for my kids… no question. I live my life differently because of them. To find out Greyson is “behind” or “delayed” crushed me… but only for a moment… that moment came from wanting to have “perfect children” and “how could this happen to me?”… but Grey is PERFECT and it CAN happen to anyone.. I saw that last night when the messages came in by the hundreds. I decided to share that side of my family on Jersey Shore because I want to help anyone going through what I’m going through… I’m sure people need support the way I’ve needed it. Greyson is still in therapy 3x a week… he’s doing a lot better. We also changed his diet and removed unnecessary preservatives. I’ve had almost every test done you can think of because I’ll never accept that this is best case for Grey… I’ll always think outside the box and do anything that will try and help him achieve nothing short of greatness… I don’t sleep much lol. He’s my world and I want to give him the best life… because he deserves it 💙💙 and to my son @greysonmathews.. if you ever see this in the future… you’re mommy might be a bit crazy, loud and dramatic but when it comes to you and your sister… I will fight for you two until my last breath… and continue to fight for you after death… your mommy will hold your hand and stand by your side for eternity 💙💖
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“To everyone that tuned into Jersey Shore last night and messaged, comment, etc. about Greyson Mathews with similar stories or just showing love, I can’t thank you enough,” she began. “To find out Greyson is ‘behind’ or ‘delayed’ crushed me…but only for a moment…”
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a child at Greyson’s age should be speaking at least 50 words. And although Farley hadn’t identified a particular issue with her son’s speech, she told followers that he’s doing better.
“I’ve had almost every test done you can think of because I’ll never accept that this is best case for Grey,” she wrote. “I don’t sleep much lol. He’s my world and I want to give him the best life…because he deserves it.”
The sentimental post ended with a beautiful message addressed to Greyson.
“Your mommy will hold your hand and stand by your side for eternity.”
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