Feeling Good ’bout Something New: Part 1

ball1So, I’m feeling really excited about something new that we are going to try with Juliana. Remember how I reported the quick turnaround that she has had with school? Well, in a quick conversation with her in-school speech therapist last week, we set up a meeting to implement some of the communication strategies that have been working at school.

The short of it is this–the ooey, gooey ball that is pictured at top will hopefully be a catalyst for a good transition at meal time. Each night during dinner prep, I go about my  business to start cooking. Jessa plays; Juliana has other intentions. Instead of playing or busying herself with anything else, Juliana is peering around and stepping all over me to get a quick grab at dinner. All this occurs while I’m trying to keep her from getting burned and manage pots, pans and Jessa. And no matter how much I tell Juliana dinner isn’t ready yet, she is adamant (meaning really fussy) about being ready to eat.

My attempts to get her to wait have been hit or miss. I know what you’re thinking–just get her outta my kitchen, right? That’s what we used to do. But one day in doing that, I realized that we were not teaching her patience during one of the most important activities of the day. We were creating a “I wanna eat now” volcano that would erupt whenever the food wasn’t sitting right in front of her so she could dive right in. When Juliana wants food, she wants it right then and there. So, no longer do we have her hanging out with daddy and showing up when the meal is done. We are working on the concept of waiting and in doing that, she has to see and feel what that means.

Now that sends me back to the ooey, gooey ball. It’s an important part of this communication trial. Check back in next week so I can explain more of what the ball is for and how we will use it. This will either be really fun or really frustrating. I’m anxious to find out which it will be.

On Saying Goodbye to Summer 2014

peachesI can’t believe that school started last week and we are now back into the throws of carpool, lunches and tight schedules. Where did summer go?

I also can’t believe that I had to stop writing for the last several weeks because something had to give. Things got a little nuts and I went on auto-pilot to coast until this week. And while I was a little upset with myself at first, I am re-training my brain to know that it is perfectly okay to alter the course of what was planned; that life goes on just fine when you let loose of some things. Aren’t we always toughest on ourselves?

I’m really happy that school is bringing about some changes—good ones! Whatever Juliana was experiencing during the summer is over. Yes, just that fast! I am in awe of her quick turnaround, and she has started this year happier and more attentive than ever before. Did this summer really happen? Was all that angst I felt real?

Whether all that frustration was real or imagined, I do know for sure that the start of school signals that a seasonal change is not far away. I love summer and even though there were some rough patches, I will miss little treasures like these…

The ability to have fresh peach lemonade.

photo(12)Seeing the bloom of the caladiums on my front porch as I sat for quiet time.

caladiumsSweet moments of library play when there was no fighting between the girls.

photo(14)But in trading all that, I get shots like this—Juliana enjoying a spot of tea during a drive home from a productive day at Pre-K. 

jules in carYes, some things are just priceless.