Friday, March 15, 2013

Turning Three! (Flashback to September 2012)

I can't believe it's been nearly six months since I posted.  Things have been good.  I'm sure that's why I haven't had the need to write.  I am one of those people who like to write to help relieve stress and anxiety.  It's why I started this blog.  When Trey was diagnosed with Autism, I had an immediate urge write what I experienced and learned.  Yeah, things have been good... but I still want to share our journey.  The good and bad.  So I'm doing a few "flashbacks" to get caught up.  Let's go back to September 2012...

TREY TURNS THREE!! (9/29/2012) 

This is a big birthday for our little guy.  Lot's of changes in his life are about to happen.  First Steps (Missouri's early intervention system) ends and all day preschool at United Services begins.

We had our final home session with First Steps the day before Trey's birthday.  Miss Amanda (OT) and Miss Merida (ST) could see the anxiety we had about sending Trey to preschool just a few days later.  They assured us it was going to a very good thing.

So Mommy and Daddy decided to party it up that weekend... three year old style!!  Woot! Woot! Let's celebrate!  Cake, balloons, and Winnie the Pooh!  We had all my kids there and some of Daddy's siblings.  It was a great weekend.

That Monday was his first day of preschool.  David and I took him in and dropped him off in his classroom.  He didn't cry.. but he had no idea what was going on either.  That made ME cry.  It was so hard to leave him in a place he didn't know.  He hadn't been away from David or myself since the day we picked him up from the babysitter's over a year ago when he had a terrible anxiety attack.  We couldn't communicate with him to prepare him for this day.  We just left him.

I had to keep telling myself that this day would be the hardest for us and the next few would be the hardest for him.  The separation thing would get easier and this was the best place for him to get the help he needed to learn and develop.

Boy did that turn out to be true!!  To date, United Services has been an amazing place filled with wonderful teachers that have helped Trey achieve some of his IEP goals we never thought he would.  I want to write more on that later.. they deserve their own post.

For Trey, turning three was a pretty big deal!  I think he handled it better than me :)

1 comment:

  1. Good to see you again!! Love the pictures! Glad the transition went well and he is doing well in preschool.

    We left preschool a LOOOOONG time ago and James is doing well in 3rd grade (fully mainstreamed without aide support although that may change next year if I get my way at the upcoming IEP meeting). PEACE