Well, I knew it was going to be a rough week back.
The holidays are over; we took down the decorations and the tree. Ok, so there are boxes still in our foyer. Maybe we’ll get them back into the basement come February.
Mayor Bee’s party was a BIG hit. I was so excited that so many of his buddies came to bounce. He ACTUALLY went down one of the big bounce slides. He usually sticks to the round shaped house ones (there’s one that you can shoot hoops that is his favorite) or the obstacle one (but then he yells for help because he can’t climb all the way up a wall by himself). But he managed to follow his friends and didn’t freak out.
Oh, and this year, he got a crown and scepter (inflated, natch) which have become new weapons in the house. But for the picture he looked quite cute.
I invited his ECSE (Early Childhood Special Education) class – almost everyone showed up and had a ball. They were all so happy to come to his party. One mom even told me that it was her son’s first birthday invitation. OMG if that doesn’t make you get a little tear in your eye. The little guy had so much fun – it was his first bouncy house experience too.
But, alas, real life has to go rear its ugly head…and we are back to routine. Er, kind of.
During the week between Christmas and New Year’s – he went to daycare with Mayita. Since B normally has a VERY early bus pickup (6:30AM), he was allowed to sleep in a bit that week. Obviously there was no need to be up early to get to school.
But this past week we were back up “bright” (a subjective term) and early to get ready for the bus. I have to give it up to the little guy – he is not cranky in the early AM. Lord knows I am trying to get him up, dressed, fed – in addition to early riser Mayita and Jack the dog.
He has a long bus ride to his ECSE – almost an hour. He’s the first pickup on route. But he doesn’t mind it at all. He actually has been doing long bus rides since he first started ECSE back in 2010. That’s a rant in itself – transportation issues – so I’ll just stop there before smoke once again comes out my ears.
He did have a difficult week at his ECSE – regardless of what his daily updates said. He was having problems trying to center himself and listening. His “personal space” issues resurfaced. He hit one of his friends coming out of gym time for being “too close”.
At his aftercare, I’m sure they are relieved to be back on his limited schedule. While the week between Christmas and New Year’s came without any early pickups (thank goodness) – I think they were exhausted trying to contain his stimming, or impulsiveness, aggression – take your pick. There were fewer kids there due to vacation, so that helped immensely. However, I know they were not quite prepared to handle his massive amount of energy.
This week, he had to transition back to their afternoon schedule, with more kids, and that proved to be rough. I had to sign an incident report for biting (Husband might have signed one too). He also hit a kid for being in his “personal space” – they were lining up to go back inside after playing outside. Totally unprovoked.
This week he has a home visit with his ECSE teachers. B is getting a Resource Teacher now – who will visit his aftercare as well to observe and suggest strategies. I hope that extra one hour a week will help him out there. And I guess we’ll work on his spatial concerns as well. 😉
So let’s all hope that this week is better than last, shall we?