October was a loooong month for us. Lila’s IEP meeting was September 30th. From there, it took two weeks to finalize, another to get placement, and then another to get everything in place with our nanny. We also went to a wedding, celebrated both kids birthdays and our wedding anniversary, and managed Halloween. It was a lot.
We had a successful trip back to Sesame place for their Halloween decorations and the kids had a great time. It was crowded but the lines weren’t too bad and Lila was so excited by all of the theming. She has been obsessed with some Sesame Street books we got from the library so it was fun to see her make connections.
We were able to have a small party for the kids at a local park and everyone had a great time. October is also family photo season, both for holiday cards and because we like to have annual pictures of the kids. It’s always super stressful to coordinate but this year’s turned out great.
And then of course, Halloween! We went to a neighborhood party and Lila kept finding friends of hers from school and it was very cute to see her spot a friend, go up to them, and tap their back until they turned around. We’ve been seeing more friends in the community lately and Lila gets so excited to see them and often they will spot her and start yelling her name and telling their parents, “that’s Lila!”
AAC trick or treating went well also, with Lila using her “Trick or Treat” and “Thank you” cards and also using the sign for Thank You very consistently. She also walked like 14 blocks and insisted on carrying her own bag for most of it!
I went pretty hard on making our costumes this year (and I had to make two for Lila because she refused to wear the first one) so that was also pretty time consuming. I love sewing and making costumes, so it was mostly fun-time-consuming, but having to put together three different costumes was a lot.
Last Monday, Lila started public school! It has been a rough transition for her, but hopefully the last one for awhile (and she didn’t cry at drop off today!) Her teachers send home lists of words she needs to have access to on her talker, the other kids in the class apparently go around telling everyone about their new friend Lila, and in the pictures we get from her classes she is engaged and participating with the other students. Supposedly she will start getting bus service this week, which makes me a little nervous but I think will be great, especially in the winter when it is raining or icy. I’ll be continuing to drop her off for this year because of the way the bell times work.
If you’ve reached out to us lately and haven’t heard back, it is because we have been going non-stop. I’m hoping we get a little bit a breather before the demands of Thanksgiving and December start up, but I’m pretty sure I say that every year at the beginning of November….