Time truly is flying. I often think about the quote, "the days are long but the years are short". I've had more than one mom of older children tell me this (these are the same moms who have told me for years that they have no recollection of the early years of their kids lives. At the time I thought, they are CRAZY, but sadly, I've joined them). I do know that time flies like crazy but I still have trouble believing that it's already Sept. It really hit me when I FINALLY logged back on to write this post and I see that my last one was almost TWO YEARS AGO. Just. Plain. Crazy.
SO much has happened in the last two years and I truly kick myself all of the time when I think about how I *should* have been keeping a blog since Carter was born, or at least diagnosed (not only would I remember specifics, I'd remember big things that have truly skipped my mind). I am so bummed that I haven't taken the time to write at least once per week but life is just so crazy busy. I'm promising myself to be better, starting now.
We've had a great, whirlwind summer. We took a trip to Lancaster, PA right when school got out. The boys had a blast and we were lucky to have my mom join us for our 3-night adventure (Carter may have had the most fun of all of the boys as it took him a full 3 weeks to stop asking to go "back to the hotel"). July saw a trip from my MIL and a visit over the 4th from my SIL and her family who were en route to their beach vaca. August brought our annual beach trip - 18 of us in one house in Emerald Isle, NC. Doug thinks I'm crazy but it truly was the best beach trip we've taken, even including those before we had kids of our own (and this was year 7!). We actually had a chance to relax a bit, thanks to being able to bring Carter's caregiver along (a godsend) and the cousins being at a helpful/fun/playful age for our boys. A great time was truly had by all.
Now it's September and Carter starts kindergarten on Tuesday. This REALLY makes me think about how fast time truly flies by. I had a lot of mixed emotions at the end of last week as I walked in to our elementary school with many neighborhood friends whose children will also start kindergarten on Tuesday. We walked the same hallway but I went right into room 3, the autism classroom, as they went left to the "regular" classroom. :-/ Carter will have 30 minutes of inclusion in the "regular" classroom with an aide each day, but it's still hard as this was never the route we pictured. I am thankful that he's in a familiar school with familiar therapists this year and one room over from his preschool class last year b/c change is hard. I still had that pang of sadness though, as I felt like Carter *should* be following his peers across the hall. This being said, I'm SO thankful for my gang of "special" moms that understand what I'm feeling. Seriously, if one more person tells me that I *should* be happy for all that Carter is doing and how far he's come, I might punch them in the face (and I'm not a violent person). Of course I'm thrilled with all he's doing but it doesn't make that hallway turn any less painful. I do look forward to our school-year routine (as this is really best for Carter). He'll start out with the 4-hour day that he has followed through his 3 years of preschool as he's still currently napping. At any time that we decide, he can switch to a full day (6 hours). His class currently has 6 students - 4 2nd-graders, 1 1st-grader and Carter as the lone kindergartener (4 of the 6 students are returning from LY). There are two openings but we are all hopeful that they won't get filled any time soon.
That's it for now...More after Carter's 1st day as we prep for Oliver and Crosby's first days on the 10th and 13th. :) This momma is going to have SIX hours per week to herself!!!