Saturday, April 30, 2011

Things Fall Apart

And just like that, things fall apart.

Not sure what minor shift happened in the universe, but suddenly life has gotten a lot more challenging. Sure, dissertation draft deadlines and final paper grading are the bane of my existence here in late April, but they are pretty much par for the course. And while being in the last month of pregnancy is no fun (Did I mention how much I hate being pregnant? If not, I'm doing a better job censoring myself than I realized), I pretty much expected to be uncomfortable, sleepless, and grumpy at this point.

What I didn't expect was for Sky to enter a different dimension. This is about day 12 into our Sky paradigm shift. Suddenly he walks around the house yelling unintelligibly at the top of his lungs. Suddenly he is repeating words he is not allowed to use in rapid succession. Suddenly he is melting down fairly regularly. Suddenly he's getting into trouble at school. It's like we are back at square one, only the problems are different somehow.

We can't figure out what in the world led to it. Easter? The substitute teacher he's had for two weeks? The change in seasons? Who knows? And, it really doesn't matter what caused the shift. We just need to figure out how to get back to where we were.

Fortunately, despite the fact that the public school system still offers us little support (I know what I'm doing this summer--besides having a baby that is), his private school is awesome. All of the teachers who see him throughout the day, including the principal, are not only aware of what is up with him, but they are all also working together to actively implement interventions meant to help him maintain his equilibrium and make it through the day successfully.

Honestly, I think their response time has been better than mine. I'm not sure what else we can be doing that we weren't doing already, but I'm sure we will figure it out. I am sure we have been in this place before and figured it out before. The harder thing is figuring out how not to be freaked out by how easily things seem to fall apart.

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