One family's adventures in open adoption, Asperger's, and parenting one amazing little girl!
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Somehow September slipped right by me and now October is more than halfway over too! Since I last wrote, Hannah graduated from daily visits to the Severe Behavior Clinic to every other week once a day for an hour. That is much more doable although I still feel like we spend all of our time in the van! First grade seems to be moving right along for Hannah. Her teachers really have no complaints and she seems to be enjoying herself.
Report cards come out tomorrow so it will be interesting to see what her social skills are marked like. She did, however, have her first incident of aggression at school for the year. A little boy in her class pinched her (we have yet to figure out the reason-did Hannah do something to him first or was he completely unprovoked) so she bit him-hard. Of course this meant another office referral and it came at the absolute worst time as we were about to leave for a trip to Minnesota that very afternoon! After all the lying and omitting of the truth we think we finally got to the bottom of things.
Then yesterday I found out that the incident wasn't completely over because Hannah had neglected to return the signed office referral to her teacher. Apparently she had thrown it in the trash. It took quite awhile to wade through all the lies on that one too, but I think we eventually got there. After the biting incident we finally decided to give medication a try to help her control her impulses. We actually start that this weekend. I'm quite nervous about it, but I at least know that it's easy to change our minds and the meds leave no lasting side effects after they are out of her system if they don't work or we don't like what they do. Wish us luck as we embark on this latest leg of our journey. Last month we did a brief respite foster care stint with a little 3 year old girl. She and Hannah got on pretty well and I miss her now that she is gone, but BOY OH BOY was she a ball of energy. That kid went nonstop from the time she woke up until the time she finally crashed at night. The sad thing about her was that she was now our 5th placement we've had that had no idea how to cuddle and had never been read to or sung to at bedtime. Again and again I am amazed at how many of the basic "rights" of childhood these kids have never experienced. :( While the respite munchkin was here we also hosted a series of guests. My dad came to visit and then my best friend Sarah and her family stopped by for a night too. I am reminded again and again at what a blessing from God our house is that we can house extra children as well as guests and still have everyone be comfortable.
Hannah decided last night to try out for a speaking role in our church's Christmas program. I didn't get to watch the tryout, but Kyle said she did a great job and was one of the strongest readers he heard. He also said she was one of the youngest so that may very well affect her chances at actually getting a part. Still whatever happens, I'm proud that she tried and at least she'll be guaranteed a spot in the chorus despite her off key singing voice!
Next month I am participating in the Open Adoption Bloggers Interview Project again. Last year I interviewed a birthmom named Kate and it was an awesome experience. I can't wait to see who I get paired with this year. There is still time to sign up if you are interested and blog at least occasionally about adoption. Simply click on the button at the top of my page and it should take you to the registration page.
Photo Notes: The pictures are from a weekend trip we took in September to a local wildlife preserve. I think Hannah enjoyed chasing the chickens in the petting area more than she enjoyed the wild animals!
P.S. I hate the new blogger format and I cannot make my posts look like I want. My text and pictures keep getting all jumbled up. Until I figure it out, I apologize for the inconvenience of having to read the disjointed text.