Sunday, September 04, 2011

School Bus Training and Faith...

Don't mix so well...

I am so excited that Faith is going  to start school this year.  I am excited for her, mostly...but also for me!!  I am going to have 3 hours, every.single.morning to myself!!  That means I could have a nap, go for coffee, have a pedicure, blog etc...



So, really?  I am more excited for ME then for her!!  As you have been reading, you all know how much has gone on this summer with her and her personality/dynamics changing. 

I NEED A BREAK!!!

This has been the summer of meltdowns, my meltdowns...my crisis...my questioning...my life being turned upside down...and me realizing where my supports really are (or aren't).

School for Faith means that I get to rebuild my support network.  It means I get to talk to other parents who are experiencing similar to me.  It means we may be able to set up playdates with other kids because we all know how valuable that break can be for each of us!!

I AM EXCITED!!

So, last week we had school bus training...Faith is going to a school for kids with special needs.  It is only for JK to help them with the transition and to set up a plan for when they start SK in the public system. 

Bus training was a big fail.  And in hindsight we should have not bothered with it, to be honest, because Faith will be driving in a van as she is still in a car seat.  But, we were happy that she could try out the bus and wanted to help her with this transition...

This is her sitting on the seat...it took everything in us, every ounce of creativity to get her to sit still...

Then the driver suggests we leave the kids on the bus and she will drive them around the parking lot on their own to see how they do...

And that is where it went wrong.

We left her on the bus with her sister, 9 year old Grace, to see how she would handle it.

This is how Grace came off the bus...



In complete, real tears...

Faith wouldn't stay in her seat, she was crawling on the floor and when Grace tried to help her back up to her seat, she pulled her hair, scratched her face and pinched her non stop...

So, when I fill out the paperwork for Faith on Tuesday, you know that I will be saying she needs to be in a captains seat in the van, so she is completely out of reach of injuring any kids nearby...

And so, I am excited, and nervous and scared and sad and ...

I hope she doesn't get kicked out of JK...

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