Monday, September 28, 2009

Ch-ch-ch-change

So much has been happening lately, I haven't had any time to blog. Some quick catch up:

- Quinn is three! His birthday was a week ago. It's a little hard to see my baby growing up, but I can't be sentimental for long while being attacked with hugs and smiles. He just glowed at his party as he saw many people he knew come over. It was his first birthday that he really enjoyed. I don't think he had any idea why people were coming over and giving him gifts, but he had a fantastic time. I am so grateful for his adorable, affectionate, joyous presence in our lives, and appreciate all of the things he has taught me. I love being Quinn's mom.
- We all had a sad, sad last day at his early intervention program, and sad, sad goodbyes with his OT, PT, and ST. As you can see in the picture in the previous post, he started at his new school, and the transition is about as expected. Quinn seems apprehensive when we drop him off and gets fussy towards the end of the (longer) school day. But according to his teacher, he is having some fun there with water and play doh and music, so it seems like he is adjusting.
- Based on a recent assessment, Quinn will most likely qualify for "status 2" from the Regional Center. This means we will still get some continuing support from the Regional Center, like respite and case management, which is a relief.
- Our move was stressful (see below), but it's great to be in our new community. I'm enjoying the beautiful September weather (in the Bay Area, September is a warm, low-fog, no-rain month) and exploring our new neighborhood. Quinn is turning into a real beach baby, and I'm delighted because I have many happy seaside memories from childhood (the Jersey shore). Our new street is also much busier than our old street, which may seem like a drawback, but to Quinn it's a benefit. He is spending a lot of time jumping and gawking at buses and trucks.
- We are having major contractor woes. I really hope we have a usable kitchen, a foundation, and a furnace soon. This has put a damper on the elation I might otherwise feel about our exciting new digs to say the least.

4 comments:

Jen said...

Moving and a new school...those are some big changes. Glad to hear he enjoyed his birthday party---that is a fairly big accomplishment! :)

fragilemom said...

Glad he had so much fun at his party! It's so great to see them light up. New school transitions can be hard, but I believe transition wears off and then it's just normal stuff for them. It's like climbing the hill...tough but the top does come. Keep up the great work!

jetlagged said...

Status 2? Hmmm... did anyone explain how many statuses they have, what the qualification criteria for each are, and what sort of benefits -- respite and otherwise -- to expect? I wish they offered more transparency... We went through this transition last year, and I'm still not entirely certain if we're getting "good" support or not.

Sarah said...

Thanks for visiting, jetlagged. Status 2 just means services (any services) beyond age 3. It doesn't mean anything in terms of the amount or quality of services! It is a confusing process...