The last couple of months have been a crazy, busy, wild roller-coaster ride. We sold our house with an extremely agressive closing period, bought a house, moved, got the boys settled in to a new school and home, and organized and hosted the annual Pittsburgh Walk for Williams Syndrome.
The boys have adjusted beautifully. I was worried that Parker would struggle with the mid-year transition – leaving his friends and making new ones – but that fear was unfounded. He did great with the (even more) aggressive curriculum and is smiling every day when he gets off of the bus. Reed quickly made friends with his peers and teachers – it is amazing how people are drawn to him.
I am relieved that I can refocus my energy now and get back to the basics.
On the home front, we are painting and doing some recarpeting – along with the general maintenance, yard work, etc.
We are working with Reed’s team to develop a really strong IEP to set him up for success in Kindergarten. He will be in the regular ed class with his peers with some pull out for learning support and we will be working to further improve his focus – which his is greatest barrier to learning.
Speaking of focus, Parker struggles to attend at school too but is doing quite well academically. His teacher has mentioned “2e” (twice exceptional: gifted and ADD – no “h” for Parker) several times as a strong possibility so we are working on strategies to improve his focus while planning to test for gifted programming next winter. His focus will be critical to testing and accessing curriculum to keep him challenged and motivated. We are looking at many natural solutions (essential oils, diet, supplements, exercise – and yes, we are trying all of these with Reed, too) and will consider medication as a last resort.
As for me, I am keeping busy with house projects, the kids, gearing up for summer, my development consulting business, and building my essential oil business. So, long story short, my crazy life is settling down and ramping up at the same time!
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