This week was full of moments where I hinged between comfortable and anxiety-ridden. Overall it has been a pretty typical week – nothing too out of the ordinary. However, this week we did receive some feedback about Grey from his teacher at camp (who has a background in special education and will be working at their preschool in the fall) that had us doing some serious reflection.
As we’re not prepared to share completely (and a lot of that having to do with us being in the beginning stages of things), I do find it important to be transparent with friends and family who may be following along.
Greyson’s teacher has observed some behaviors that have been of concern and has given us a lot to think about. After having a discussion, reflecting on previous observations from his teachers, and the apparent uptick in difficult behaviors at home, we were ready to seek help from his pediatrician. We met last Friday and had the chance to share what these concerns were and what the next steps for us would be.
For us, it will be an initial evaluation and depending on his diagnosis we will begin working with Me Be, an organization that provides Applied Behavioral Analysis (or ABA) therapy here in San Diego. We are eager to receive some kind of diagnosis, which will help us – as parents – to provide the best kind of early interventions as possible for Grey. But, as I dive into these processes for the first time, I’m quickly realizing how unhelpful insurance can be in providing services for families. I feel as though I’ve been on the phone for ages – back and forth between the doctor, researching about IEPs, and so forth. I’ve just learned that there is no easy way to do this…
+ This post comparing ADHD with Autism Spectrum Disorder has been helpful on our quest to getting Grey evaluated!
Nonetheless, we’re so thankful for such a strong support team both in friends and family. We’re also thankful that we have his teachers and doctors who are dedicated to helping us along the way. There’s relief in getting him evaluated and relief in knowing there are therapies that can help him. So, if it means being a little stressed so we can get him the help he needs then I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!
So, I will be slowly sharing about our journey as information becomes available to us. This is a completely new chapter for us as parents, but as I’ve learned over these last three years with Grey this is parenthood. This is our parenthood. He continues to push me and grow something in me every day and this new season will only enhance our family and enhance us as his parents.
Onward with my other favorite moments this week…
+ We ate at our favorite sushi place in the Gaslamp, Taka Sushi, and they had a few new items added to their menu. One of which we tried were these crispy tiny crabs that are only in season a few times a year. We originally got them for ourselves, but Greyson absolutely loved them! So crunchy!
+ Greyson is almost fully potty trained! Over the last couple of weeks he’s really gotten so much better and has had zero accidents! He got pee fairly quickly, but poop seemed to be trickier. Plus with all of the new school transitions his training seemed to be sliding a bit, but these days he’s prompting us when he needs to go, which is a great relief! Now, we’re paying attention to when we can begin night training and get rid of the pull-ups for good.
+ Grey also had his very first dental appointment and he did amazing – and also no cavities! I’m so proud of him! In light of what we’re having him evaluated for I wasn’t sure how this first experience would go, but he surprised us both! There was only one moment when he got upset, but overall he allowed the hygienist to clean his teeth! #littlewins
+ This week I’ve been bitten by the travel bug and have been doing a little side planning for various trips on our bucket list: Jackson Hole and Ireland. Ireland, for sure, is happening sometime next year as our big European trip we’re saving for…but until then it’s nice to pin and get ideas.
+ A lot of people are gearing up for Back to School as some districts and states go back in late August. But, not me! I’m holding on to dear life as I enjoy these last couple of weeks before heading back myself.
Last week’s Friday Favorites I wrote about these new Target picks and have continued to receive so many compliments! I love BTS shopping!
+ Next month we’re moving! Still staying in San Diego, but we’re excited to get out from downtown. We are looking at an apartment in La Jolla, which will put us close to my school, Greyson’s new school, and is a quiet place for the hubs to continue working from home.
+ This recipe for sweet potatoes with a tahini butter…OMG so good!
+ Binging on Handmaids Tale season 2, Mayans MC (preparing for season 2!), and so excited that the Real Housewives of Orange County is back!
Linking up with Andrea for Friday Favorites!