I have loved having all three children home all summer. We have had so much fun, swimming, playing and well, just be LaZy! Although, we have had fun I also somewhat ready to return to a normal schedule - - - a routine of sorts. Although with 3 children - a routine around here is best described as whatever happens - happens!!
|Emma & Sophie - 1st Day of School|
Today is the 1st day back to school for Emma (1st Grade) and Sophie (last year of Pre-K). Last year at this time it was Nate's 1st day too.
|Sophie and Nate last year - 1st day of school|
Nate had only been to his little pre-school class a few weeks when he was was diagnosed with T1D. Oh my - just typing that sentence brought overwhelming heartbreak and many, many tears steaming down my face.
We went from this . . .
|The Happy Houston Family! (minus Emma)|
|EXHAUSTED Mommy & Nate at Children's Hospital|
In the blink of an eye everything changed. Rocked to the core by a disease that I knew nothing about.
And so today as my girls started another year of school with little problems like - 'I don't have any friends in my class" and "I don't want peanut butter and jelly today" --- I am brought to tears by the bigger problems that we face. The one that is not allowing Nate to go to school this year. He is only 2 years old and cannot verbalize his highs or his lows. He is two years old and since his diagnosis has only been away from him mommy for maybe 2 hours max at a time. I am not ready - he is not ready and the schools here are not ready to take on a two year old Type 1 momma's boy like Nate.
Next year he will be able to attend the public school system's early childhood development school (Sophie is attending this year). They start at the age of 3 and have 2 full time nurses on staff. I spoke with the nurse on Friday (for Sophie's UC/Crohn's) and started the ball rolling for Nate's enrollment next year. The nurses were so super nice and told me that this year they actually have their 1st T1D student enrolled. Woot-Woot!
I am excited about Nate's future and look forward to him being in school but this year he is stuck with me again while all of his little buddies head off to their super fun pre-school classes.
So today to celebrate Nate's NOT 1st Day of School -- GaGa and I took him to IHop where he got to enjoy . . . cheesy scrambled eggs and bacon because his damn bg was 250 with an up arrow. AWESOME!
This post is probably a little more rambling than I would prefer but it is just one of those emotional days that slap you in the face every once in a while. I think also that as the 1-year anniversary of his diagnosis creeps up you are going to be seeing a lot more of these emotional rants from a passionate mom that is dealing with some pent up anger & sadness about my beautiful boy and his diagnosis.
So, here are some pictures of Nate on his Not 1st day of school . . .
HaHa - Funny man! He refused to look at the camera today! Little TOOT!
But I was sneaky and shot this one while he thought I wasn't looking . . .
Alrighty then --- I've got to go reapply the mascara and head out to carpool line pretty soon. I can't wait to hear all about the 1st day of school from my 2 little princesses.