[flickr id=”6083043811″ thumbnail=”medium” overlay=”true” size=”small” group=”” align=”left”] I knew he’d do me proud. That was never in question. But right out of the gate. First meet of the season. He blew me (and everyone that knew him) away. He paced himself well. Drafting behind another kid. Then at the end hauled ass like you wouldn’t believe (see picture). Pulling in 6th place overall. 4th on his team. A final time (in the 1.9 mile race)… Of 12 minutes, 12 seconds!!!!! That is an entire minute than his best ever time. His best placing ever. The kid is a rocket. And ready to roll the rest of the season. He made me proud. Okay, he made me cry – but I didn’t embarrass him by blubbering all over him. Best.Race.Ever. Until next week 😀 ******* P.S. Can I tell you how hard it is to photograph when you’re screaming your heart out for your kid? Read more »
(All these pictures were taken last year. His first meet is not for a week) Last year out of the blue, he decided he wanted to take part in a sport. The one that seemed best suited, the one that he wanted was Cross Country. This year he’s still in it. It’s great to see him as part of a team. [flickr id=”5008090207″ thumbnail=”medium” overlay=”true” size=”small” group=”” align=”center”] To see him run with determination. [flickr id=”6052893997″ thumbnail=”medium” overlay=”true” size=”small” group=”” align=”center”] To find his place. [flickr id=”6052893449″ thumbnail=”medium” overlay=”true” size=”small” group=”” align=”center”] Knowing that each step, each strong breath builds his lung strength. Each meet builds friendships. [flickr id=”6053444260″ thumbnail=”medium” overlay=”true” size=”small” group=”” align=”center”] He’s growing up. Finding his place. Even though sometimes he frustrates me. He’s a teenager. He’s a good kid. And he’s growing up too fast. Read more »
by Sarah CassMulti-published author. Mom of 3 special needs kids. Wife to 1 good man.
Redefining Perfect every day.
Earlier this week Archie got a call from the woman we’re working with in Special Services. She has recommended moving Riley to All-Day Kindergarten. In essence she’s saying “There’s something going on, she does have issues – but we wont’ give you an IEP or diagnosis yet.” The reasons were…. 1) All-Day Kindergarten is for children that “need more attention.” 2) All-Day Kindergarten would give her more time in the day to evaluate her. 3) All-Day Kindergarten would give Riley more time to adjust to her day and settle in before it’s all over. 4) All-Day Kindergarten has a smaller class size – less chaos, more individualized attention. All valid points. All reasons to go for it. But then there’s… 1) All-Day Kindergarten lends toward more chances for Fire/Tornado drills (oh won’t that be fun). 2) All-Day Kindergarten means lunch. Riley can’t handle the chaos of snacktime in a classroom – you think she’s going to handle lunch in a crowded cafeteria? 3) She loses her comfort zones – her teacher and her best friend J. 4) All-Day Kindergarten means all day. Means behaving to the best of her ability all day. Means putting all that effort into being good at school – what unholy hell will we be unleashing upon ourselves by asking her to do this? **** Well, we’re taking that risk. I’d be lying if I said the thought of All-Day Kindergarten didn’t scare me on a number of levels… But the thought of them having more time to evaluate her and getting this all out of the way is what’s holding me together. I still am not confident in the school’s ability to get this done – but at this point it’s our only hope. With the changes in insurance, getting her evaluated at the hospital is totally not in our pocketbook’s reach. (And yes, it totally pisses me off that because of sh*tty insurance we have to rely on the school for Molly’s evaluation and diagnosis…and no, the geneticists diagnosis is NOT enough for us to get the insurance assistance we need. I’ve tried it before. We need one from a psych…thus we are dealing with the school…but that’s a totally different post that I won’t write for many reasons.) Read more »