Monday, September 19, 2011

First Day of Kids

I wasn't quite prepared to hit the floor running...but I had to since today marks the first day of the second full week of school. Last week, I spent my time organizing the room (it reminded me of my first week at my first job; tons of materials just dumped in the room), attending a gang of meetings, preparing and attending Back-To-School-Night, scheduling, reading IEPs and 40+ page reports.

It used to not take me long to look up goals and services, but apparently, there are a good number of IEPs that are unsigned...Big sign that I have my work cut out for me. Hopefully, I can stand my ground.

I felt pretty good about jumping in and doing my thing with the autism kiddos today. The individual sessions went well. The second group I did...not so well. It was really poor planning on my part; I thought we could work in the classroom (while my assistant worked in the Speech Room), but when we got there, one of the other kiddos was having an episode (aggression, property destruction) so we were shoo'd out. We ended up in the lunch area with major distractions, and it took me a while to get one kid into a groove, while the other kid's behaviorists basically did my job...

On a positive note, I thought I'd be more stressed out about my new job, but I haven't really been that stressed. I feel the typical beginning of the year pressure to get my program up and running stat, so that's nothing out of the ordinary.

It's different for me to work for the district though. I keep hearing my old boss nag me about eating in the lunch room to make new friends, but I'm so asocial that I don't want to! I'm trying, though.

I'm liking it here so far. Although there isn't a beach for me to walk to at lunch, there is a beautiful lake with ducks that's even closer than my 2nd year working in Manhattan Beach.

And you can't beat working 7 minutes away from work! The only thing that sucks about my short commute is that there isn't a Starbucks or Coffee Bean along the way!

Monday, September 05, 2011

New Home and New Job

Say what? It's been over a year since I last posted?

I can't even begin to recount everything that has happened in the last year, but maybe I can start blogging again as I start another new chapter in my life.


In short, we just made our move to OC on 9/1/11, and I start my new job tomorrow! I'll be a working Mommy again. :)... :( 

Hopefully, more to come in the days ahead!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Is it really over?

I must be in denial...it just donned on me that today is Thursday, a.k.a. the last day of my summer vacation (and extended maternity leave)!

I am so sad!

On the other hand, this has been the BEST summer ever! I have had the best time with my husband and baby boy!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Always With Me

I love that when I close my eyes to go to sleep, I see funny and cute pictures of our baby boy. I had this one on my mind last night:

...and when I open my eyes, I see him sleeping peacefully next to me. It's the best.

We discovered a new game this morning that drew out some of his first laughs! We were at the mirror, looking at each other, when I started to go up and down with him (emphasizing the "up" and "down"), and he loved it! He was all smiles and in the beginning stages of laughing! So cute!

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Turning 2 Months

Baby XA got his first round of vaccinations today! It's a big day for me because this means Mommy can start bringing Baby out, like to the park! Yay! :)

Baby was soOOOooo brave. I knew he would be fine with the shots, but I was still impressed and proud afterward! He received 3 shots (and an oral dosage), and he wailed a cry of pain at the peak of a long cry and then cried a regular cry for about half a minute to a minute before he settled down. We were so impressed with how well he took the shots! Much braver than his Mommy and Daddy!

Now, he's got a cute Garfield band-aid on one leg and a Sesame street band-aid on the other.
He has definitely put on weight. He's now at the 50th percentile for weight (up from 25th), 25th for length and head circumference (up from 10th).


He is so much fun. :) Do I really have to go back to work next month? :(

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Time to Play

Last night, Baby Christian and I didn't get much sleep. We woke up quite a lot and had a hard time falling back asleep.

Around 6 AM, we nursed and then I tried to rock him to sleep for almost 1.5 hours. For some time, he was fidgeting a bit so at one point, I switched positions from having his head over my shoulder to a cradle position. I wasn't sure how that would work since the night before, I swung him in the cradle position and he started flailing his little arms as if he really was in his swing! It was so funny.

Well, instead of falling asleep, the little guy wanted to talk and play! His big eyes (or I guess normal size, but "big" in comparison to my eyes) stared back at me, and he cooed nonstop -- I couldn't even get a word in edgewise! I told Baby Christian that it was too early to talk and that we had to sleep some more, but he protested. Finally, I had to be the not-so-fun Mommy and put him back over my chest and shoulder so that our conversation ended. :(

Needless to say, we are both really tired now, and he is currently napping on me, but Mommy will be ready for another engaging conversation once he wakes up. :)