While rummaging through old files, I found this old picture of MJ. I had to gather paperwork in order to take him to the intake meeting at the new facility. My heart jumped when I came across the paperwork for Mj’s first evaluation at three years old. It brought back so many memories of how I felt at that time. I was scared, confused, angry, overwhelmed and lonely. At that same time I was hopeful and I just knew I loved and wanted to help my little boy. I call it a “hurricane of emotions.” My feelings were like a whirlwind, tossing back-and-forth and around. I sat for a moment- sitting, thinking, reflecting, about the years that have gone by. I am still on a mission to continue helping my son. At times I am still scared and even overwhelmed, but I am so thankful for how far MJ has come. So thankful that he is a happy child. So thankful that he has friends. So thankful that I see him becoming a little more independent as time passes. The intake meeting went very well. They described all of the clubs and activities that they had to offer, as well as offerings for my daughter! As for today, there is no “hurricane of emotions.” I am hopeful…let’s see what’s in store.
MJ 8 years old
Due to the Social Skills group that MJ is attending, I found out about additional activities that I could sign MJ up for through another company. I already know one parent who has her son there and she absolutely loves it. The awesome thing is that it’s literally 10 minutes away from my home ( look at God)! I decided to go to a parent meeting/tour to check out the facility. The director literally said everything any special needs parent would want to hear. All the parents there looked like kids in a candy store! We were hanging on her every word. She spoke about the fact that our kids will always be accepted there. She emphasized the training that all of the therapists and employees have. She talked about the fact that they have sleepovers for our kids, birthday parties for our kids, girls and boys night out (basically everything our kids are usually not invited to or just don’t have the opportunities to do). They have art classes, lego clubs, drama classes, and music therapy among many other things! I was really impressed with the huge playground they had and the on-site house for teaching life skills. My next step is to complete the intake with MJ. I am hoping to do that within the next two weeks! I am hopeful and totally looking forward to this.
This picture shows some of the wonderful therapists that work with MJ every week during his social skills group. He is making great progress and really looks forward to going (which I believe is partly because they are all beautiful)! I notice that he is initiating conversation more and his conversations are more reciprocal instead of sounding like an interview lol. We have seven more weeks in the program and we are excited to see what more he learns.
This was very difficult, and is still difficult to do with MJ. If he had his own way, he’d want to stay home 365 days of the year! It wasn’t easy and he had plenty of meltdowns during every new activity. We slowly had to expose him to various activities. Doing so has allowed us to realize his love of the beach, and swimming in general. As well as his love for basketball and bowling. I am actually in the process of trying to find out different activities that we can try him out for in the coming months. Sooner or later I know we will find something else that he truly enjoys doing.
This was said by MJ every 30 min. during Hurricane Irma. On Friday, MJ was carefree and just chillin’! He was not phased until early Saturday morning at 4 am when we heard 2 loud explosions and our power went out! He managed to go back to bed and when he woke up, he realized that the power was still not on. Every 30 min after that he said, “still no internet, still no air conditioner.” A few times he also said, “still no TV!” We had to explain at least 8 times that nothing would be turned back on until the hurricane passed. We played games, ate snacks, colored, read, played Uno and even had some bible study (we definitely needed comfort from above). MJ used his tablet and portable DVD player until the batteries ran out. It was very scary at times and MJ put his headphones on to drown out some of the noise from the howling wind and rain. We were without power for 30 hours. All in all, MJ handled it very well. He had no meltdowns of any kind! When the power did come back on he was thrilled and quickly went to see if his favorite shows were recorded. We let him know that we were proud of him and his sister for handling the entire ordeal without fighting, being angry, or pouting the whole time. We managed to have fun together. This taught them to appreciate what they have and to not take everyday things for granted. Lesson learned, Hurricane Irma.
Pic courtesy of ABC News/Twitter
We are 2 weeks into the school year and I must say that for the most part, things are going really well!! MJ is doing well and is completing homework independently, WooHoo! I’m praying that continues. My daughter has adjusted to having 2 teachers and loves that she has friends that she knows in both classes. I however, am having a pretty rough time getting back into the swing of things! My body is still on that summertime schedule and I’ve already come down with the first cold of the season 😩! I’m hoping that another two weeks will bring me back to “normal.” Hoping the school year is going well for all 💕.
Pic courtesy of Pinterest
Well, today began our journey into another school year! I’m praying that I don’t have to fight as hard this school year to make sure that MJ gets what he needs.
I’m thankful that today both kids had a great first day! However, my daughter complained that she did not play at recess because of the solar eclipse lol.
Wishing everyone a fantastic school year. 😊