Friday, May 25, 2012

Sorry I've been MIA

So much to process, so little time.  Dealing with this family stuff has been hard but I have to say, the separation (only 1 call since Feb) has been healthy.   In fact, I feel (emotionally) healthier now than I ever have in my life.  In addition to losing the emotional baggage, I've lost weight too.  18.5 pounds and counting! 

In other news, we had Dylan's IEP meeting.  It went well.  We got everything we felt he needed to have a successful year.  I wish every parent had our experience.  We walked out of the meeting happy, feeling like Dylan was the most loved child in the school.   I wish we could clone our child study team (or at least their attitudes) and send it out to every school in the nation.

My best friend says it's me.  It's my attittude that causes us to have such a positive experience.  I don't know.  I find it hard to believe that all these parents who are struggling to get their child the basics are going in with a bad attitude or a "you owe us" attitude.    I don't know but I wish I could figure it out.

7 comments:

  1. I wish I had that IEP experience too. Our IEP is ok the followup is what sucks. I never go in with a you owe me additude. We ALWAYS say to ALL the professionals who work with out son. We want to do what Ryan needs to learn and thrive. That is our goal and it always has been.

    Only 13 school days left and 2 weekends full of homework. I cannot wait to get out lives back.

    Congrats on the weight loss and exercise!!! I have also been walking every day with a gang from the school. I am down 10 sizes but i have not weighed myself since Dec. When you post about walking I follow along every day.

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  2. Ellie has an amazing team and she just had her IEP for preschool for next year. Her entire team will change over so we shall see. I think preschool will be very good for her (although incredibly difficult in the beginning). There were 9 people at her IEP meeting which seems like a lot for one little girl.

    Glad things are looking up for you and congrats on the weight loss.

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  3. Congratulations on the weight loss!!! Awesome!!! Hoping some of my efforts pay off soon too. Glad to see yours are!!!! YEAH!!!!!

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  5. Well, I like that you have felt emotionally lighter! That's wonderful. And 18.5 pounds?!! Awesome! I'm really happy for you as that is so not easy! I still have my days that I falter and have to get back up "on the horse" and start again.

    I'm so glad for Dylan getting what he needs at his IEP! Ours is next week but I'm hopeful! :)

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  7. Congrats on the weight and stress loss!

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