…There’s no one here beside meeeeeeeee. (Scewse me while I channel my inner Donkey from Shrek!) So, school started for Lauren on the 4th and Jillian on the 6th. It’s been interesting to say the least! I am setting into my ‘new normal’ now that the girls are in school full time!
After the first week of school, Lauren’s teacher met me with tears in her eyes. I immediately asked “what did she do”. Luckily, I was in for quite a surprise. Her teacher expressed to me how proud she was of Lauren. That she has NEVER been prouder of a student within the first few days of school. Even though her classroom teacher was different last year, the other teacher got to know her as well. I guess she has made a complete 180 from the start (and even the end) of school last year. I had explained to her that there would probably be little boys and girls who were sad for their first time away from their mom and dad and maybe she could help them through it. And she has been. My shy girl has been coming out of her shell!
Jillian celebrated her birthday at school on September 10th with all of her new classmates. I was able to send cupcakes to school (chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes, they were delicious). Thankfully, Jillian’s teacher sent me a few pictures from her class party. I’m sure I sounded like a loser mom when I wrote her back!
Since Jillian has started school, I’ve found myself in a very weird place. I had to adjust to not having Lauren home last year. And with that, this is an adjustment period for me too. For the past 4 years, my life (our families lives) all revolved around medical appointments and therapies (for the most part). Now that I’m by myself ALL day EVERYDAY, I find myself being confused as to who I really am. And what my purpose is. For the first week I attempted to sleep off the cooties the girls brought home from school. Today, I went shopping. Still finding it strange not to have the girls with me at all times! I suppose I should get a job or find a sugar daddy to support my shopping habit.
If you have special needs children, how did you adjust to this new normal?! Even if you DON’T have special needs kids what exactly do you do all day?! And please don’t say housework or I’ll have to bring back my imaginary friend to blame the messes on. Since clearly the girls left me high and dry.