Jake had a great first week of 2nd grade with the exception of getting sick the 3rd day and missing school. But otherwise he is doing well. He has connected with his teacher which is a HUGE HUGE thing and even gave her a hug on the 2nd day of school; something he very rarely does! Our entire routine is different this year. We now live closer to the school so I’ve had to adjust our times of when we do things in the mornings but Jake has had no complaints. And for the first time we are using the regular car line in the mornings and not the special needs car line. He wasn’t too sure the first day we did this but he was comforted when he saw that his new aide was waiting for him. Jake has adjusted well to his new aide which is someone he knows well as she was one of his prek teachers. Mrs. L. is super sweet and from what I can tell, Jake is responding well to her. Overall, I couldn’t be more pleased. Major sigh of relief 🙂 Although I knew he would be fine, those stupid ‘what if’s’ crept into my head. One night at dinner I asked Jake what was his favorite thing about his day and he said with a huge smile “that I was a good listener” then I asked him what was the one thing he didn’t like and he said “I do not like indoor recess!” Jake works so hard to keep his behaviors in check and we are always working on being a good listener. Having autism and sensory processing disorder really makes it hard for him to focus and follow directions so it was nice to hear from him that he is proud of himself. Knowing that Jake is happy and in good hands makes it so much easier to take him to school each day. I know we, as parents, all feel this way but for me it is really hard starting a new year. The change for Jake is hard and hard for me. But each year that Jake has been at this school I pray constantly that he is protected, feels safe and is happy to step out of the car and head into his school. And each year we both feel the answer to those prayers.
Wow, in the blink of an eye Allie went from being my 2nd grader to a freshman in college living on campus (we move her in tomorrow, Thursday). I am thankful she is not too far from home but the fact that she won’t be here every day just seems so strange. I don’t think it will really hit me for a week or two; I’m assuming it will feel like she is on a trip or something. But she is ready and I am ready for her to start this new chapter. I am really excited and nervous for her. I’ve been stepping back and letting her sort of take the reins since January of this year. She gets herself up on time (mostly), studies without me standing over her, and is overall a pretty responsible girl. The unknown is what makes me nervous. Who will her friends be, will she make good choices, will she be able to do everything that needs to be done (work, school, sorority), and the list goes on. But I pray, have hope and faith that we have raised her well and she will remember the lessons she has learned a long way.
I know both of these “kids” will do amazing things. I know they are both ready for what lies ahead. They are ready; guess I need to catch up and get ready too 🙂
I use this verse a lot but it is so appropriate!
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”