Wow these last four weeks have been a whirlwind. Our family had quite the busy summer which is why my blog posts have been MIA. We sold our old house, bought our new one, I went to school at nights and weekends, Linden had camp and we’re expecting a baby brother. As for these last four weeks, I started a whole new career and Linden started school. I am now a proud special education teacher. While it’s extremely rewarding it is quite stressful and Linden has definitely been feeling the effects of mommy being so busy. He’s had some big transitions and his patience and flexibility have shined.
School started a day later for Linden this year as Texas was hit by Hurricane Harvey. The damage and devastation our fellow Texans have endured and continue to leaves our family speechless. We were spared and are extremely grateful. Due to flooding in our area Linden’s school district canceled the first day of school. I teach in a neighboring district and they too canceled school as well as had a delay the next day. This gave me the opportunity to take him to school on his first day.
New friends, new educational team, new school! Whoa! This momma was not prepared for the on slay of emotions when taking him to school. As you know, my husband and I are extreme advocates for Linden. We made sure everything was in place and ready for him to transition to the N-E-W. While we were nervous, he was completely fine. He acclimated extremely well to his new “everything”. In fact, I hear he’s quite the social butterfly. He’s getting to know everyone on campus and has quite the following. What do you expect? He’s a cute kid with an infectious smile that you can’t resist.
His teacher doesn’t have experience with kids like Linden so we are using this as an opportunity to educate her (and others) on what he’s all about, our expectations and his educational legal rights. This is never a smooth process as some can take it as we’re being high maintenance however we are gentle and are making a point to have them understand that we are partners. We need to work together to ensure Linden’s success. So far his teacher is great! She has quite high expectations for him too in some area which has impressed both my husband and I. Check out the cutest kid in 1st grade.
Since school has started, his normal activities have also started back. Besides his million of therapies a week, he’s back on the saddle and in the pool. He’s riding again at A.W.A.R.E. with the wonderful Tracy. He’s been there since he was 18 months old. We’ve been fortunate to continue this each year with financial support from some great organizations. He’s also back at swim lessons. He’s definitely giving his instructor a hard time. He just can’t close his mouth in the pool. This momma on the side lines is losing her mind fearing secondary drowning while he’s having a blast. You see, he can’t stop smiling. I kid you not! He smiles all the time that sometimes it gets him into trouble. This smiling is causing him to forget to close his mouth while in the pool. This is going to be a continued skill we will have to work on.
As Linden gets into the groove of his new routine, he continues to show off his improved and mastery of skills. I’ve included an amazing picture of him STANDING INDEPENDENTLY. Yes I said standing independently. He’s been working on this with Mrs. Emylie for quite some time and he showed us that no matter the surface, he can do it! Check out his face. He’s so proud!
For all those momma’s, daddy’s and caregivers out there, give yourself a pat on the back. Our kids made it through the summer to start school off with a bang. Each year reminds us of how special our little specials are and how grateful we are to have them. They constantly teach us to have a life of patience, kindness, open-mindedness and HOPE.