Due to some administrative mismanagement on the part of the school district, Sonshine was not able to receive busing services during the first week of school. While it was a bit panic-inducing, frustrating, and time-consuming considering Sonshine attends half-days, Tom was ultimately glad that he was able to be there for Sonshine’s first week. (Although I’m pretty sure he would have been more content if the school district had followed through without a dozen phone calls to the busing supervisor…)
These were taken on Sonshine’s first day. Not understanding what transitions awaited, he was easily coaxed into the classroom that first day. But, after realizing that he would not be returning to his normal daycare and that Daddy would not be accompanying him to this new classroom, Sonshine protested by refusing all forms of food and drink.
On the second day, Sonshine was already privy to his new predicament because when Tom let him walk around a bit prior to class beginning, Sonshine immediately took off down the hill away from the school. Despite his escape attempts, he was captured and sent to school once again, where the food and drink protest continued. It wasn’t until the end of the first week that they managed to get him to drink from his bottle and eat a single bite of food.
At the start of the second week, Sonshine finally received his busing services. He is picked up at home and then dropped off at his nanny’s in the afternoon. At first we were a bit nervous about the seating, but last Monday when Tom helped strap Sonshine in, he realized we needn’t have worried.
As it turns out the larger problem has more to do with carsickness than with appropriately supportive seating. Last Tuesday Sonshine vomited large volumes of his breakfast on the bus. We think he may have been sitting in it for a while before arriving at school where they could clean him off because it took two baths plus a little lemon juice to finally get the stink off. This led to a reversal of his pre-bus bottle and breakfast. So far it’s working well.
While hands down Sonshine has had the most difficult time with the move over to pre-K, Tom and I are adjusting too. We’ve already been assigned homework which consists of reading and implementing the book-of-the-month at home. This month it’s Dragon at the Doorstep. We’re a bit behind because we’ve only just ordered the book from Amazon and won’t be receiving it until next week. I doubt there will be any grades, but if Sonshine fails, it will be our fault.
Despite a bit of a rough start we can already tell that this is going to be a good year for Sonshine. His teacher is proactive and updates us frequently throughout the week to let us know how things are going. She has no problem identifying issues and clearly takes steps to address them. She has even texted us pictures of Sonshine during school activities. And with five additional aides for a class of ten kids, there is an abundance of assistance available should Sonshine need.
**Also, this week on the Disability Archives, I discuss the impact of early intervention on development of children with birth asphyxia.**