Catching Up

Yes, I know! It’s been over a month. I really don’t know where the time goes, but it wasn’t hanging around here much until now. Today was the last day of school and as I sit here catching my breath, I can cross off two graduation ceremonies, 13 handmade teacher/therapist gifts, and 8 sets of baked goods for 8 different bus drivers and aides. I’m looking around my neglected home right now — the dust bunnies are all lined up along the baseboards of the floors and the mounds of paper artwork where my kitchen counters used to be is making me a little queasy — like I’m seeing it for the first time and haven’t been walking by it all week.

There’s this overwhelming need to run screaming from the house, call it panic maybe, but it hovers. Too much stuff! Yes, that, but also My god, my children are done with preschool! and They’re home with nothing planned for the next two weeks! and Time to get John potty-trained!

About that: we’ve been making small steps. Small, really insignificant steps, but we’re ready to blaze ahead. We’ve got an intensive 3-day program planned at the end of next week and by george or by golly, at $45/hour (at least funded by a grant) it better work.

Yep, I think it’s panic pure and simple. Routine is everything: apparently for exhausted moms too. The thought of not having to go anywhere or do anything or make anything tomorrow…people! What am I supposed to do with that? Wish we could all sleep in (obviously I’m delusional!) or go to a pool (impossible alone) or hang out all day at home and go absolutely nowhere (oh wait! we can! and it’s supposed to rain!)


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  • Oh, I can relate…though the last day of school for us is next week and I haven’t even thought about gifts for teachers and therapists! Next week will be my panic week, I think.

    I often fantasize about sleeping in or going to a pool. Or going to our local spray park, which would be fine if both of my boys loved it, but as it is one always takes off running to the other side of the park, so I can’t do that alone, either.

    Congrats on making it through a year of preschool! Hope things feel a little more relaxed as you settle into a summer routine.

  • Wow, a potty training grant. Now that is truly practical. Maybe some of the stimulus money could be sent in that direction.
    Enjoy the beginning of summer, and good luck with the intensive program.

  • I know how you feel! Small steps are better than none, though. 🙂 Good luck with potty training…we just finished that with my son. The ABA approach worked wonders. 🙂

  • I am actually responding to your previous blog, but didn’t know if you would check the comments again. My son sounds a lot like yours, and getting him an AAC was the best decision we ever made!! What are they talking about, you would have too many buttons to say what you want! So not true, check out the vantage light If you have any questions about it, feel free to email me.

  • Yup you’re delusional……I’m counting the seconds until they arrive at 6……they wake up between 5 and 6 every day, holidays or not.


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