I don't know if it is because of Valentine's Day today, or because Moe fell asleep in his bed at 6:30 last night and slept through the entire night (I suspect the latter), but I'm feeling better today. And because this is Hopeful Parents, after all, I want to write about something happy.
We pulled Moe from school this year. We aren't exactly homeschooling yet, but we are doing a home-based ABA program. Most days, I'm desperate to have him at school. When he's home, I am part of everything. I change every diaper, witness every incident of hair pulling and scratching, and see every frustration. It is at once heartbreaking and exhausting.
But the other day, I was sitting at the table "writing" (read: facebooking) and drinking coffee while one of Moe's therapists was playing with him. He was giggling being really playful and I was reminded that when Moe is at school, I miss these things too. So I thought I'd make a list of some of the things I love about having Moe at home with me.
Things I love about being home with Moe
- Hearing genuine giggles when he's having fun.
- The chance for him to work in the backyard when Moe needs a change of scenery just because it is a nice day.
- Trips to the grocery store together and having Moe help me push the cart around the store.
- Not having to pack lunch for Moe every day. Added benefit: he loves to share my lunch, and will almost always try new foods if they come from my plate.
- Hearing the cheers from therapists when Moe is doing well and having the opportunity to see his successes, large and small, every day.
- Knowing that he is safe.
- Knowing that I am there to provide consistency across programs and we can respond immediately if something isn't working.
- Working with a small team who knows both Moe and me well.
- Knowing that Moe works best in a 1:1 environment and not having to fight a school district to get it.
- Seeing this face:
Jen writes about Moe and his little sister Jelly at her personal blog, Anybody Want a Peanut? You can also find her on Facebook, where she spends most of her day.