I know, I couldn't come up with a better title. Still processing the weekend of SU and the time we spent together. Like so many others have written, it it so nice to be openly recognized as Naethyn's mommy if only for one weekend a year. I am so honored to have been invited to such an amazing conference and to be among some of the strongest people I've ever met! ShareYourStory and the volunteers there make me feel like I'm not too crazy and maybe giving me more of a chance of true healing with every post and story I read or write.
We're back in the swing of things with the usual therapies and some more testing on the horizon for both boys. We have a date of December 3rd to discuss D's results, but I have a feeling we'll be continuing with private ST regardless of what the team finds or wants to do. T is going to be working with a new OT who focuses solely on helping kiddos with handwriting. It will be challenging for him, but he needs it.
The "To Do" list seems to be filling up fast again. There's a great article in the November issue of Parents magazine about stress and anxiety (Gigi). I might have to photocopy some of those pages and keep the suggestions of calm all around the house. Breathing is something I need to do more. I feel like I'm taking a lot of short breaths. Maybe I should look for a yoga group or start doing some of those moves with the chick on PBS. Fitting into yoga pants . . . this is stress right there. The weather is cooling off here. That means more outside time for all of us and more walking time for me.
I have a little one with a birthday next month. We're still in the planning stages as he changes his mind often. I wonder where he gets that from?!
It was so great seeing you too. I came home with a huge regret that we didn't get a chance to visit more this time around or drive around and search for any fun landmarks. :) I am glad to hear that the boys are doing well and the birthday planning is in full swing. Keira's isn't until December and but we are already planning some super fun themes. I love party planning. Pinterest is really great for that kind of thing. Can't wait for next year already.
It was so great, as usual, to see you at SU. You are the mother of 3, no one can ever take that away from you.
I hear you on the stress/anxiety topic. I feel like stress/anxiety are my middle name sometimes. Yoga really is wonderful, if you can find a class that you like, or even a DVD to do at home. Also just practicing "mindfulness" or meditation for 10 minutes a day where you just focus on your breath and keep redirecting your mind to the present moment and your breath if it starts wondering. SUPER hard to do. Even as I sit here and type this out, I have to say that I don't practice what I preach. Have been wanting to get into a regular meditation practice for quite sometime, and yet I haven't. Anyway - I hope you are able to find even just little things to keep you calm and centered when things start to feel stressful.
Good luck with all the testing, therapies, and the birthday planning!
Lots of love,
I just recently was taught about mindfulness from my therapist. I find it does help just to focus on the now and for me to say that....it must work at least sometimes. Yoga is great too. One of my favorite things is planning C's birthday parties. I'm with Jami pininterest is great for planning. Hope your able to find some you time and able to just breathe.
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