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Back on Track


day 124


I’ve got a happy girl on my hands.  It’s a wonderful feeling.

After 3 weeks of “trying things out” at her old school, it was decided that she was doing so well, that we’d send her back.

She started back at the beginning of April.  She’s halfway through her 5th week and it’s like she never left.

There’s no more talk of “regression” or “unwilling to work” or “won’t participate”.  All we hear now is “doing so well”  and “having so much fun” and “progressing beautifully”.

She’s still got a long way to go, but in the last 5 weeks she’s done more academically than she ever did at her other school.

I knew she hadn’t regressed.

She just needed to be in a different environment.  The right environment for her.

My only regret is that we didn’t stand our ground when we were making arrangements for her kindergarten last year.

We wanted her to stay in that school, but were told we couldn’t because of “protocol”.

We did what we were told we had to do and it blew up in all of our faces.

I’m glad we were able to make the change mid year, but it still doesn’t bring back the 6 months we she lost.

Because in the end it’s all about her and what is right/best for her. 

I finally feel that we are doing what is right.

We are where we are supposed to be.



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Long Overdue Update

Things with Taylor have been good lately.  Our long 2 and a half bout with potty training is paying off.  She has been in big girl underwear for over 2 months and although she’s not 100%, yet, she’s doing really well.  I don’t even have to put her in a pull up to leave home…just at bedtime.  I am very glad to be near the end of the Potty Training Road.

School is fantastic.  We will be doing her Kindergarten placement next month.  I’m so excited!  It doesn’t even matter that she’s been in school for over 3 years…this is Kindergarten!

Taylor has really taken a liking to doing art projects at school.  She paints, glues, cuts paper (with help), stamps.  You name it, she does it.  I really like the fact that she’s so into art.  Hopefully this will be something she’ll enjoy all her life.

In other school news…Taylor has been really interactive as of late.  She is actively participating in her classroom activities and is slowly using small bits of speech…she said “NO” and “I” today…and she used them appropriately.  Yay Taylor!

I feel kind of bad for not keeping up on this blog as much as I should.  Taylor’s brother has been going through some tough medical stuff right now and sometimes it seems like I’m focused solely on him.  I’m not, of course, but when it comes to blogging, I usually have some crappy writer’s block going on.

So, just know that Taylor is doing wonderfully and I hope to have another good update after she’s been placed for Kindergarten.



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What’s New With Taylor?

It’s been a while since I’ve done an update on Taylor, so I figured now would be a good time to get you up to date on all her happenings.

The last few months have been going really well.  She seems to be getting more vocal by the day.  And by vocal, I mean loud.  She may not be speaking yet, but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t have a voice.  The only problem is that she has no sense of volume-control.  She only has one setting and it’s loud.

In my opinion, I would rather have her be loud than quiet.  I love hearing her voice.  Her laughs, her giggles, even the time to time screeching wails.  It’s all good to me.

School is great, as usual.  After almost 2 weeks off at the end of August, she transitioned back to her full week schedule (5 half days instead of 4) almost seamlessly. 

She’s so excited for school every day.  She used to hold my hand when we went down the driveway to the bus, but now she takes off on her own and boards the bus all on her own.  She’s really been showing a lot of independence lately.  It scares me a little, truthfully.  I’ve always babied her a little more that Aaron and Emma, so letting her gain her independence is kind of hard.  But she is 5 now…{sigh}.

Speaking of her being 5, it seems like the minute she turned 5 she started losing her teeth.  Actually, it was more like 5 days (really, it was!) but you get the picture, right?

She now has lost both of her bottom front teeth and they have been replaced with her adult teeth which look really out of place in her mouth.  I think it’s because her baby teeth are so small.  Especially her top teeth.  They are almost non-existent!

Next month is Taylor’s yearly IEP and tri-yearly MET.  Doug and I are anxious for the results of the MET.  This was the evaluation that gave us her autism diagnosis.  It’s given every three years to see how much progress has been made in special education.  This will be her her first re-evaluation since her diagnosis (3 years already!). 

I will definitely make sure to do another major update after the evaluation.  🙂

So that’s about it for now.  I’ll try to do better with my updates and I’ll definitely keep the photos coming.  I know y’all love pictures of my girl!!  🙂



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