Saturday, May 9, 2009

No Easy Button

Well, it's been a couple of weeks and I figured it was time to squeeze in a new posting. I've been back to work now for two weeks. It's been nice to see my students. My little guys with autism always have stuff to say that makes me laugh. Even on the worse days. So, coming back to school was very tough but my students, one in particular, made it a little easier. Speaking of easier, the one particular student of mine has developed an awesome fixation on the Staples "easy button." Upon going back to work it was the peak of testing season. Testing season really could be a whole other blog and perhaps someday it will be. Anyways, my students worked very hard on their assessment and throughout the whole process my one guy would regularly check to see if there was an "easy button." Myself, and the other teachers would very sadly have to break the news that there was "no easy button" but that we wished their was one as well. I love these kids.

Speaking of autism, April was autism awareness month. I started to write a big-to-do post on the subject but it never got finished. I will come back to it eventually. Matthew and I have almost officially decided I won't teach next school year. I'm going to substitute part time until I start my own business.

Ok-now for some updates! My Olivia is 4 months old now. I CAN'T believe how fast time has flown already. Two weeks ago we got her ears pierced. I wanted to get her ears pierced when she was an infant because I had a lot of issues with mine getting infected as a kid. My hair used to get wrapped around the earing and OUCH! SO, we went to claire's in the mall. It was really nice because they pierced both ears at the same time. She screamed for about ten seconds and that was the end of it! They look so cute. Her ears stick out a little just like her daddy's and they are adorable.

Livvy also had her 4 month checkup. She weighs 12.14 and is 25 inches long. She is still in the 75th percentile for legnth and 25th-50th for weight. My little peanut! I was worried her weight gain wasn't enough but the doctor said she was fine. She's been flipping over from her stomach to her back for a few weeks now. I was mad I missed the first time on that one but all well.

Tonight was the best. We got home from a big BJ's trip. Olivia got fed and then was playing in her jumper. I heard some bodily function noises and of course by the time I got to her she had jumper-ood herself and the contents of her dirty diaper was up to the back of her neck. Unbelievable. Matthew was helping me get her in the bathtub and we were both laughing so hard at her because she just had this look on her face. A little smile and not a care in the world. So, we were cracking up and all of the sudden she let out this big hearty laugh!!!!! It was the first time we've heard a big hearty laugh like that and it was SOOOO CUTE and special. We stood there in the kitchen with the naked poopy baby and I honestly got teary eyed.

Quite often in life I wish there was an easy button. Especially here in the last couple of weeks. I know millions of women do the working mother thing but it is so hard!!!!!! I think it takes a lot of time to adjust to the whole thing but right now I am hating it. I miss Olivia a lot and only get to see her a couple of hours in the evening during the work week. I used to bring a lot of my "school" work home with me to work on. I very quickly figured out this strategy was NOT going to work with an infant at home. House cleaning and laundry have gone out the window. I just can't find balance in my life right now! Oh if only there was an easy button....

Big blue eyes

Ears pierced!

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