All in all, 2011 was a pretty good year. I don’t think I can complain…we were very blessed. Let’s review…
Jake won 1st place for the design of his Pinewood Derby “Orca-r”. He was so proud, especially when his car was displayed at the public library!
We met with a neuropsychologist who we liked, only to find out that insurance wouldn’t cover any of our visits, so we had to find a new one. We got lucky and found our current neuropsych, who had an opening in March.
I celebrated another birthday…my first without my mom. It was tough, but I made it through by celebrating good memories.
We had the infamous Blizzard of 2011. School was closed for 2 days while the village plowed us all out from the nearly 2 FEET of snow we got. We didn’t have any power outtages, so the forced home days were rather enjoyable.
Tate had his evaluations done. It was heartbreaking to watch our son struggle with such seemingly easy tasks. The gravity of what he was facing, what we were facing, started to set in.
We celebrated what would have been my mom’s 66th birthday on the 31st. My sisters and I shared our favorite memories…and shed a few tears.
Tate was officially diagnosed with Autism. It was both a shock and relief. It set me into motion to get him the help he needs.
Another mom who has a daughter in Tate’s program at school reached out about her son. Her son sounded so similar to Tate. Her phone call started a friendship…a partnership that lets me know I am not alone.
Tate turned 5 (five!). We celebrated with a superhero party that he really didn’t “attend”, but we tried to make the most of it.
The first Mother’s Day without Mom…it was lonely, but I was so grateful to be able to spend the day with my boys…the 3 reasons why I can call myself a mother.
Hubz celebrated his birthday. We actually got out to dinner without kids to celebrate!
The school year came to an end. I had a harder time with their last day than they did…it’s so hard to admit that the boys are growing up!
Jake did summer school for reading and math. Tate began ESY.
Cole turned TWO! We had a huge party for him…on the hottest, most humid day of the year. We never had a first birthday party for him due to my mom’s illness, so we lived it up for his 2nd one!
Jake participated in summer day camp. He had fun with the other kids his age.
Tate finished ESY.
I continued my fight with insurance to get ABA therapy covered for the Tater.
Hubz’s parents visited for a few days, and found some prospective homes in our area.
Jake started second grade (eek!), and Tate started kindergarten. KINDERGARTEN!!
ABA got approved, and Tate started.
Marked one year without Mom on the 16th. One year without her advice, wit, company, love….
Jake celebrated his 8th birthday. We still can’t believe that he is 8!
Tate began medication for his ADHD. We started noticing more attention.
Tate’s IEP was changed to reflect his Autism diagnosis, and he has more clearly defined goals as a result. Also, ESY is automatic now, rather than a wait-and-see.
Halloween went well. Tate wouldn’t dress up, but he hung with us for the duration.
We filled out rating scales for Jake as part of his new evaluation for school.
Cole and I did an organized sport class, and I realized how “typical” he really is.
Thanksgiving was a brutal holiday for many reasons, but it did leave me thankful for my family.
We battled “the crud”, but we all recovered prior to our trip.
We went to Disney World with the 3 boys and overall had a very nice vacation.
We celebrated the Christmas holiday with family. It doesn’t get any better than that!
2011 was a decent year. Here’s to hope for a better 2012. May we all be blessed and continue to have good fortune…