Manolis and I went to school today to pick up Maria. A sweet little boy who really likes Maria was in the nurse’s office also. His aide told him to say goodbye to Maria, so he went up to her and just leaned over and gave her a sweet kiss on the lips! So 5 or 6 adults were standing by watching, yet powerless to do anything because it all happened so quickly. We all cracked up — even Manolis. I thought he was going to be mad (we all did), but he laughed with us. I say it was cute and sweet and as long as it’s just a peck on the beak in front of 5 or 6 adults, then no problem. But anything more than that? I don’t think so!
We got Maria’s device (Dynavox Maestro) back today. Again. Supposedly they put in a new hard drive and battery (and the cord is new, due to a recall), so it’s basically like a new device (in my mind, not sure about in the real world). 2 more weeks of school, so she can practice a bit more using it. She does very well with it at school; she uses it to make choices of activities or food.
Apparently Maria loves Carly Rae Jepson’s song, Call Me Maybe. She’s reacted to it more than once at school on different days. Elisa (aide) said when it was playing in PE, Maria was smiling. Only that song. The girls in class sing it to her, too. So I downloaded it on my iPad today and played it when she was eating breakfast, and I swear she was trying to dance in her chair! So cute!
Maria got very upset with her daddy a couple nights ago. I was at work, Sue was sick or something. Manolis tried to put Maria in the stander and she didn’t want to be in it, so she was yelling and scratching him! Wow! (Makes me wonder if she was in the wrong position, so in pain?) She was still pissed at him when I got home, a couple hours later, and stayed mad at him until the morning! Now that’s determination! It was remarkable; I’ve never seen her do that before. Our little girl is growing up. Our “little” 57 pound girl!! I think she’ has gained 15 pounds in a year. Is that good? I have no idea.
I signed up to be a parent mentor for Feeding Matters (children with feeding difficulties) and Raising Special Kids. It’s primarily mentoring other parents on the phone. Each ‘gig’ is only supposed to take 2-4 hours per month. We’ll see… I’m working all the angles trying to figure out what i’m going to do when I retire. However, I have to do something that pays, so volunteering won’t be it, but might lead to something. I’d like to find the right partner and invent special needs stuff that doesn’t cost a crapload of $$.
In school, Maria made me the sweetest Mother’s Day card with a little pocket on the inside in which there was a coupon for a hug and a coupon for a kiss. Best. Gift. Ever. So cute!