In a month or so, Cha-cha will be 36 months or 3 years old and he will age out of Early Intervention. I can't express how much help EI has been to us. One of our therapists has been with us since he was 7 months old. How can you say goodbye to someone who has known your son for this long? His developmental specialist wrote on his note this week that he only had 5 more visits left with her. I'm going to be a blubbering mess when I have to say goodbye. :(
On his 3rd birthday, he will leave the daycare he has known since he was 6 months old. He's going to ride a school bus (a short one though). He's going to go to a brand new school, where he doesn't know anyone and they don't know him (yet). He is going to get the services he needs to be successful. He's going to go to Bee-bee's old daycare provider in the afternoons and on Wednesdays. If it wasn't for our beloved Wendy caring for him after school, I might have to be committed somewhere. ;) Last week when she emailed me that there was an opening, my heart soared. It was then I knew that things would be ok. I haven't been a religious person lately, but hearing that was God answering our prayers.
Wednesday was my last board meeting that I would attend for Cha-cha's current school/daycare. It was tough to say goodbye to them and many wrote me emails afterwards reminding me that we were doing the right thing for him. I have been so lucky that my school system understands the importance of exceptional child care for it's teacher's children and that both of my children were able to benefit from the school/daycare. If only they had a SLP on staff...however then the tuition would be out of control. ;)
This week, I'm excited to go back to the big hospital in the city to see the developmental pediatrician. I can't wait for her to see all the improvements Cha-cha has made. I want him to show off as much as his little voice can, so we can say, "Ha Apraxia! We're kicking you in the a**!" I can't wait for her to see his current SLP reports and IEP and remind us we're doing the right thing. I want him to shock her with one of his super long sentences he's been rocking out. Just the other day I heard, "Ca ma-ma, see in-sy da fish ta!" (Come ma-ma, see inside the fish tank!)...probably his longest sentence yet! :) Yes!!!!