Thursday, January 27, 2011

Big Happenings for a Little Girl

The sun is breaking through the fog this morning and in a way, it's a perfect description of my state of mind. I go for a while at a good clip and happy mindset and then BAM! I hit a wall and sink below the water line. I've been sinking for almost two weeks but yesterday and today it seems to be turning around. Thank goodness.

Today I managed to get a lot accomplished already. I've done the regular morning stuff of making beds, getting kids ready and off to school but I've also ran the dishwasher, I'm on my second load of laundry, I've vacuumed the couches and the carpeted floors and swept and mopped the kitchen floor. And all but the vacuuming of the floors was done before the school bus arrived.

Wait! Did I just say school bus? Oh yes I did! For the second day in a row Kaylen and Kelton rode the bus to school. And for the second day in a row, they will be riding it home.

Now this is BIG. HUGE. GINORMOUS! Yesterday was the first day since that fateful first week of school that Kaylen rode the bus home from school. AND SHE LIKED IT! It is now her decision to ride it home "every day" fro now on. OMG! I can't believe it! You have no idea what a huge thing this is for her and for me. I am so proud of her!!!!

Kaylen isn't ready to give up the 12-15 minutes at lunch recess where I am there but considering the strides she made yesterday and today? I'm totally fine with that. She took the lead and decided what she was ready for and I am ok with the fact that she isn't ready to not see me half way through the day for a few minutes. Sure - it's a pain in the rear to interrupt job hunting at 11:00 to run over to the school for a few minutes but the rewards are clearly worth it!

AND she gave up her red cushion for her carpet spot in her classroom. She came home Tuesday and just casually mentioned that she gave it back to the school counselor because she "doesn't need it anymore". I cannot believe we are FINALLY in this place. She is doing it - and I could not be more proud of her.

I know a lot of people can't possible understand the challenges she has had to overcome and that's ok. Be grateful that your child doesn't have the issues that Kaylen has had to deal with. Be grateful that this stuff comes easily for your children or grandchildren. But for me? I am very proud of my daughter and honestly, proud of me for helping her navigate her issues and fears to help her become the self-assured school girl she is now.

What an awesome week. Yay Kaylen!!!

Life is good.


Anonymous said...

I understand the challenges because I have a kid (KG girl 6 yrs) who also has some "stuff" to work through! Way to go K!!! I am very proud of those HUGE strides!


Stacey said...

Glad it's all going well! Yay!! do you think you'll have to go through some of the steps for the new school year after a summer break?

Mimi said...

I am very happy for K......but I am afraid also....what is going to happen when they are out of school for the summer? and yes I am very thankful that my children didn't have the struggles that she has had.....there was no way I could of done what you have done.....i have a full time job everyday I don't know what I would of done....

Casey said...

I'm not sure what next year will hold. Only time will tell. I can't look too far ahead or I will miss the accomplishments of today.

I'm hopeful that she will be confident enough to know she can do it but, like I said, I can't focus on the future. Just the here and now.