Monday, May 8, 2017

The Wheels on the City Bus!

Austin is growing so much and changing all the time.  (He's taller than me, my baby!)  He's a big guy, and taking the city bus!

I started working at the daycare at my school last year.  Austin and Kaleigh had to start afternoon daycare.  Austin liked it more than Kaleigh but eventually he decided, being a senior now, it wasn't as much fun.  My husband and I discussed it and decided Austin should come home on the city bus. (There's no transportation from the school since Austin is a boundary transfer; he goes to a school out of our neighbourhood.)

We both spoke to Austin about taking the city bus and he was very excited about the idea!  Me, not so much.  I know that he needs to be independent but everyone that knows me knows how protective I am of my children.  I gave in and Austin is taking the bus everyday after school.

Interestingly enough, Austin's bus stops right at the school I work at and I'm outside supervising a recess when he gets off the bus.  One of the first days, the bus was late, a bus drove by and didn't stop!  I FREAKED!  I was panicked!  It wasn't Austin's bus (it passed so fast that I couldn't see the number), I was dialing the school, my husband ... then, a bus pulled up and stopped, there was Austin.  Thank goodness!  I could feel my heart beat again!  Austin, oblivious to the confusion or how scared I was, said "Mom, the bus was 7 minutes late".  Needless to say, I filled in Austin on how frightened I was when the first bus drove right passed me!  He gave a little smile, told me it was "okay" and he was on his way home.  A very short walk from the school to our house.

I can't believe it.  It seems like just yesterday I was at playgroup with him, a toddler then, singing "The wheels on the bus go round and round ..."  Now, he's on public transportation and I'm wishing we were still in circle time.  Sigh ...

So PROUD of you Austin!  I LOVE you Dude!  OXOX

All the best!  *HUGS*

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Buddies

I'm so happy to blog about Austin and his buddies he has made at school.  He has had one friend since first grade who has always been so supportive and great!  There are two more boys that Austin spends time with everyday.  I have gotten to meet them and think they are great boys!  They were together at the Halloween Dance a few nights ago and I got a picture of three of them together; smiling and having fun!  I can't express in words how happy this makes me!

All the best!

*HUGS*

Monday, October 17, 2016

School Ties

I'm so happy for Austin that he can tie his shoes!  School started at the end of August and this year, I thought it was so important for Austin to tie his shoes.  He had these clips that would substitute for tying laces.  Before, when we tried to get him to tie his shoes, he would breakdown and sob.  He was so frustrated and just couldn't do it.  His fine motor skills still can be challenging for him.  He's very happy and we're so proud that he managed to work at it, and on the first day of school, he could tie his own laces!  Well done Dude! OXOX

All the best!  *HUGS*

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Dexter & Jingles

Austin and Kaleigh each have their own kitten, Dexter (Austin's kitten) and Jingles (Kaleigh's kitten) and they are doing very well.  They are brother and sister (Dexter has the white feet).  They were given to us by a neighbour and they are very happy here in their new home.  Our older cat, Salem, who's 15 years old, is happy he's an outdoor cat since the kittens are a bit active!  Although Salem does come in to eat and have a rest, he goes in and out as he wishes.  The kittens are jealous but they are indoor cats.  We want to keep them happy, healthy and safe!

All the best!  *HUGS*



Friday, July 29, 2016

Social Struggles

The other night, late, close to midnight, Austin came to me, crying.  Extremely anxious and upset about many things, I spoke to him for a couple of hours to calm him.  This poor boy!  Most of the time, he is so happy and easy going, when he gets upset, it's because he's really overwhelmed.  He discussed different fears he had and we dealt with the majority of them but one, social issues.

When your child comes to you and says "No one likes me!"  Your heart breaks!!!  I am so sad and concerned for Austin, you have no idea!  My husband went on the overnight stay with Austin and saw how badly some of these children treat Austin.  On the bus ride, Austin couldn't say a word without being ridiculed!  A group of boys after him constantly.  This is not news, I got reports about it from school.  I am convinced that these children are lacking something in their lives, seriously.  (I started working with children and I've seen first hand the bullying that can go on, it's heartbreaking!)  What to do?  I can't go to school with Austin and I'm seriously fed up of hearing how picked on this poor guy is all the time!  I would love to home school him but it has been recommended not to.  He is so high functioning and his grades are fantastic!  The boy is smart ... S-M-A-R-T!  (I'm a proud Mama!)

I saw the Psychologist not too long ago and expressed my concerns to her.  There is a woman who we can hire to help Austin with social struggles.  I am going to try this, why not?  She is supposed to be very good and may be she can help Austin.  He can be very flamboyant, and humility is not his strong point.  He is proud of his accomplishments and when he can do things in school faster and with better results, he is not shy to announce them!  Something we are working on to get under control.  He is so scrutinized in every other capacity, his academic abilities are something the other children cannot challenge so he uses it as a defence.

Austin will be going into his senior year at school.  I am praying that things go well for him but after all the struggles this poor child has had, my defences are up!  I am grateful to the children at school who do share a friendship with him and are protective of him.  They are such kind and sweet children.  Their parents should be proud!

All the best!  *HUGS*

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Anger

I received an apology yesterday from Kaleigh.  Somehow I need to find a way for her to express or calm herself.  I've tried a lot of different things.  At least now, I know for sure it's because she's angry, now, how do I help her?  I will find a way.  If I could help Austin, and continue to, there has to be something I can do for Kaleigh.

All the best!  *HUGS*

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Typical One

I have the most difficult time with Kaleigh, even though she's a typical child, nothing is typical about her behaviour.  She is the most reactive and impulsive child.  I have taken her back again and again to the Psychologist and been told, it's personality.  She is argumentative and refuses to listen.  The contrast between her and Austin couldn't be more different.  Today, I couldn't even finish my shopping because of her behaviour, we had to leave the store.  It can't be "typical" for an 8 year old girl to behave this way.  I feel like I have to seek out another source to see if someone can answer why she reacts the way she does.

I'm so confused and sad at this point.  If anyone has any feedback, I'm happy to hear it.  I could use some input.  Thank you!

All the best! *HUGS*