September 6, 2013


We have been in our new home for 12 days.  Things are starting to come together.  Boxes are mostly unpacked.  We are starting to settle.  While the past 2 months have been crazy it all seems so worth it right now.  I love our new town.  Every street is more picturesque than the one before and my neighborhood walk is calming and relaxing.

The school that my buddy and big sis are going to is wonderful.  We registered a week before school started.  I was really worried about getting his IEP in place.  The wording about a 1:1 para was not clear and they didn't have someone for him.  The kindergarten is half day, I really wanted him in a full day program.  We came to the open house where my buddy was on his worst behavior.  Four days later, on the first day of school, there is his para - all day, every day, all year long.

We had a PPT first day they had available.  They offered additional services - more OT and speech - and came up with a good solution to keep him in extended day.  The principal made sure big sis was settling in as well.  I get clear communication every day on his behavior, what things he did, if he ate, was changed and what special they had that day.  They set a schedule for his therapy and sent that home as well.  It's a dream come true.

Big sis still misses the old house but that doesn't surprise me.  I am loving the back deck.  There are gates built in, so I can just open the door and the kids can run around.  Aside from my buddy throwing his glasses over the railing, it's pretty kid friendly.

We found this house on the last day we were hunting before we gave up and looked for something to rent.  As soon as we walked in the door it just felt right.  It's a ranch with a finished basement that includes a bedroom, bath and living area.  We don't know what my buddy will want when he is an adult, but it is nice to know that we have a space for him to live without being on top of each other.

Coming from a 3 floor townhouse, can I just say NO STAIRS!!!  Since that in-law bedroom is so far removed from the rest of the house, it remains empty waiting for some grandparents to visit.  We are using the office space as our bedroom and it works.

Apparently bald men require lots of hats.

My buddy's behavior is slowly changing.  I am looking forward to exploring more... just as soon as I unpack the last of the boxes.

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