Well life has been crazy, I remember growing up my mom always said June was the busiest month with kids in school and she sure was right! Lincolns last hip hop class is this weekend, he is in the middle of swimming two nights a week and Kindergarten is almost over, only 7 more classes!! We had our meeting with Lincolns school regarding next year, we both wanted to see if holding lincoln back a year would be a good idea or not, and we were kind of bummed out to hear basically that isn't an option for Lincoln, his report card is all 3s and 4s (4s being the best), and a few areas are 2s, which are all basically occupational therapy areas, like fine motor skills for example. The teacher and the principal both think holding Lincoln back wouldn't change any of his issues right now, Lincolns issues are preemie related like him having DCD (developmental coordination disorder) its a fairly new diagnosis so there isn't much information regarding DCD, feel free to google it, as far as I know its mainly kids being delayed in their coordination and sometimes attention, which are things we already knew and are working on :) but it sounds like he's too advanced to be held back which of course is a positive but we also know next year will provide a lot more challenges with it being a FULL day of school not 3 hours, and of course harder course work and more expected of them, but we HONESTLY could not be more proud of how far Lincoln has come, he can write every letter (some don't look that readable but I can read them), he can write his full name and has learnt so many things that he randomly tells me, he waits in line now much better (this is still a bit of a struggle, he will stand in his spot but of course has to be talking to the kid in front or behind him and he still has zero concept of personal space, but we are REALLY working on that), according to his teacher he is a joy and fits in great and needs minimal assistance which honestly is more than I think Andrew and I can hope for. We are just at the beginning of school and grade 1 really feels nerve wracking to me, I mean he's in it now till grade 12, no going back! My hearts hurts cause I'll miss him but mostly it's that I am nervous for him, I want everyone to be nice to him and I don't want things to be frustrating or challenging for him but of course I know for any kids special needs or not some classes or social things in school are challenging so I guess I better get some thick skin and get ready for it. The teachers also did let us know that someone like Lincoln who cannot be expected to sit from 8 am to 3pm will get "energy breaks" and of course all kids have gym 4 days a week so that's good to hear, also the option of being able to hold Lincoln back is I think something more common in grade 1 than kindergarten, for some reason because kindergarten is optional grade one is not and honestly if Lincoln struggles a lot in grade 1 we absolutely will fight for him to be repeat it, if it he does great then we will continue on, so only time will tell how schooling will be for my little man but I know that Andrew and I are his best advocates and we have been fighting for the best for Lincoln since day 1 and we will do that for the rest of his life! We love our boy. Of course something that will be a bit of a challenge is the physical demands of a full day at school, anyone who knows Lincoln knows hes miserable if he does get a ton of sleep and starting kindergarten when I would pick Lincoln up he would be fast asleep before I made it home, and our house is 2 minutes from the school haha, to prove this statement further on Tuesday night was the kindergartens year end celebration, it was 50 minutes long which honestly I think is too long for the kids to sit still for, or maybe it just my child but nearing the very end Andrew and I noticed Lincoln wasn't really participating...well that's because he FELL ASLEEP!!! on the stage while sitting, the teacher signalled for the kids to stand up and everyone did besides Lincoln, there I see him sitting kind of swaying oh my gosh Andrew and I were laughing so hard I was tearing up, Luckily it was just for a few minutes and his teacher came over and he woke back up just in time but seriously this kid needs his sleep!
Last weekend we also enjoyed a day out at calaway park with our friends, the kids had so much fun on all the rides and playing with their friends, I'm so grateful for all my friends and their adorable kids!