Daily Fitbit stats

My fitbit #Fitstats for 8/30/2014: 2,021 steps and 0.9 miles traveled. http://www.fitbit.com/user/2DRC56

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Sugar and Spice… and All Things Nice…

My poor Jolie is going through such a rough time. Tonight a wonderful woman from church came over after putting in a full work day to spend some time with my girl. Ms. J, the wonderful woman that she is, spent a long time walking with my girl as they discussed life and hearing issues. Ms. J understands hearing issues. I feel so incredibly blessed that this woman values my child enough to spend time with her.

Jolie is very scared about the upcoming school year. A brand new school, new friends, and a hearing issue that didn’t go away like she thought it would. She’s showing some pretty intense anxiety over just about everything lately. I hate the idea of jumping right into medication so we are working hard on coping skills and she’s really doing well with them. She’s learning to talk things through in a calm manner, and she’s finally learning how to come to us when she needs to talk instead of isolating herself. She’s using our animals (her cat and our family dog) as therapy animals and it is definitely helping her. I just hate seeing her struggle so much.

Jolie is the child that previously had the RAD diagnosis. We (our team) are now thinking that it never was RAD. It has possibly always been the hearing loss causing her behavioral issues. We have noticed that since we have identified the hearing loss she has been easier to work with and less combative. 

I talked to the school today. School starts on Wednesday. They are on board with helping her acclimate and making sure her 504 plan is being implemented. We are truly blessed to have people willing to help our girl.

And the Darkness Parts…

I don’t know if it was all the writing I did last night, or the church event with the kids tonight, or just a natural lifting of the darkness… but the darkness parted and right now I feel pretty content. I’m watching the newest Dr. Who special and eagerly waiting for the new season to start tomorrow night.

Once this is over I need to find some sleep. I’m averaging about 3 hours a night and it’s exhausting! Tonight’s wrap up of the kids’ vacation bible school was awesome though and made me very happy. Xander even participated, which was nice because he’s not really interested in being up in front of a crowd. Beth was surrounded by at least 3 friends, and that was awesome to see. Jolie won a door prize (bowling tickets) and Peter danced until he was exhausted! Beth ended up going home with her best friend for a sleepover and now everyone is settling down for the night.

School begins next week. As much as I’m ready to have a structured routine back I also dread it. I’m going to miss the kids so much! I love having them around and since we’ve had such a tough summer it has been nice to keep them close. They are all ready to go back though. They miss school so very much.