It's about 8:30am on Saturday. The sun is shining, the windows are open and allowing a gentle 60+ degree breeze to ruffle the curtains. The birds are chirping and our younger cat is stalking one that isn't watching well. The espresso is made and breakfast is done, laundry is going, litter box duty done, and dishes await my attention. The radio is tuned to the VCY America network and children's programming glorifying God plays.
It is peaceful. Calm. Quiet.
For those of you who are familiar with our family, it isn't usually so peaceful and quiet. Normally it's quite the opposite. That is to be expected with two 13 year old boys and an 11 year old girl, especially on the autism spectrum. Normally the younger cat is playing extreme "chase the rubber frog or pencil grip" down the hallway or up and down the stairs with the middle child, or chasing after a long piece of bias that we call the "Little catcher", as it has a 100% catch rate for Little (the nearly 4 year old Korat) although it has nothing to hold her. Just walk down the hallway and magically Little attaches to it. Middle child whoops and hollers and has a blast doing this all with her. She is an awesome cat to have with this family, she's as wild as they are!
Today I've even gotten in a 3 mile dvd walk. Here in a little bit it's time to go out and put a sedum in the ground and then do weeding at hubby's parents' house.
The past week or two has been busy. It seems like each week has been beyond busy! This week we had staff that work with middle child quit with no notice, which devastated him. So since Monday we've heard heart breaking wailing throughout the house, and even a minor meltdown, as he hurts. People who work with special needs children sometimes forget that they do get attached, and when you quit without notice they hurt. They lose someone they've come to know and love, and never see them again with no explanation or anything. So the search continues for a new staff person to help work with him. Tuesday was yard work day, and Wednesday was Special Olympics day for our area. Middle child won a bronze in the 50 meter run, and 2 ribbons in the softball throw and standing long jump. I was there for most of it, but had to leave in order to be back for the oldest and youngest getting out of school early in their district. Oldest has his Special Olympics run in a couple of weeks in another region that's fairly close by. There were appointments Thursday and Friday as well. Hubby worked his part time job, I tried to keep up in housekeeping among running all over to do appointments and take kids here and there.
The previous week middle child had a meltdown on Monday, and oldest was suspended from school Tuesday and Wednesday. Then there were appointments around those too, and a casemanager visit that happens monthly anyway. It was a rather stressful week, where last week was more exhausting in just all the running and tending emotional needs and physical needs. It seems as the kids get older, the needs increase and get more intense when meltdowns flare up.
Middle child came to me this week and showed me something he was really concerned about. He had hair on his fingers. He is 13, but functions about 10 or 11, maybe a little younger depending on the issue. He didn't realize he was starting to get peach fuzz on his chin too. He freaked for a minute, until I told him that is what happens when boys become teenagers, and it's totally normal. When he heard it's normal for teenagers, he took a minute, thought about it, and said "cool". He really seems to like being reminded he's a teenager now. A big kid.
Throughout the hectic weeks, I've been trying to keep up with some kind of exercise. It hasn't been easy with all the demands, but some exercise beats none. I've mostly behaved with eating, trying to keep on track, lots of fruits, veggies, cottage cheese, oatmeal, tea, coffee, and last night even a Little Ceasar's pizza. I've decided to let bananas go, they flare up the sugar monster too much. The sugar content in them is high, and evidently it's enough to trigger that "gotta have it" button. That's a bear to get shut off, let me tell you!
How have you been this week? I hope you're having a good week, staying safe if it's been storming where you are, and being faithful to your local church!
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