Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Back to school
Spring break is over & Logan went back to school yesterday morning. This session is a bit busier than last because we have added another class to our schedule: swimming lessons. It was a very busy day that was both fun & exhausting.

Last session Logan was going to school in the afternoons. This session we had to switch to mornings to make room for swimming lessons. Two days a week, our schedule looks like this:
  • 7:45-8:00am = Take Bill to work
  • 8:15-8:45am = Come home to do a few things unless there are errands to run outside of the house
  • 9:00am = Logan's class starts
  • 9:00-10:00am = I run errands while he's at school (or grab something to eat that I've been craving)
  • 10:00-11:00am = Come home for a snack & to get ready for swimming lessons
  • 11:30-12:00pm = Swimming lessons
  • 12:30 or 1:00pm = Lunch
  • 1:30 or 2:00pm - 3:00 or 4:30pm = Nap
  • 5:00pm = Pick up Bill from work
  • 5:30 or 6:00pm = Dinner
  • 7:15pm = Bath time
  • 8:00pm = Bed
Once a month there's a meeting from 10-11 in between school & swimming lessons. I'm tired just thinking about it! But, it keeps Logan busy & out of trouble, plus it gets him away from watching SpongeBob, Blues Clues or Dora all day long. That makes it all worth it to me.

So, Logan was excited about starting school again after the break, went right into class & began to play with toys. There's another mom from The Club who's brining her son to the same class (we used to be in the same playgroup before the split), so it was nice that Logan already had a friend that he knew. Plus, it's great to chat with a friend while the parents all wait for class to start.

After class was over, I talked to Logan's teachers about his speech & language in class, asking questions about how often he spoke & if he used two-word combinations. To my surprise, he doesn't really speak at all in class (I thought he would be more likely to talk there) & his teachers thought he was still getting used to the classroom environment. I told them about his speech evaluation & how he was a little behind in expressive skills & explained some of the techniques we are starting to use at home. They are more than happy to help us out & continue working with Logan using his words in class. It will be interesting to see how he progresses over the next 4-5 weeks (he's already made some great progress over the last 7 days).

The next part of the morning was the first day of swimming lessons. Holy smokes, was this kid excited about that! He really didn't start getting excited until we were in the water, but out of 8 or so kids, Logan was by far the most excited & happy one there. You would have thought it was the best day in the world if you saw him. As the swim instructor was getting class started, Logan just kicked & laughed already trying to swim off on his own, making not only the swim instructor laugh, but all of the other parents couldn't help but smile at his complete & utter joy.

During the class the kids jumped into the water (into our arms) from the edge of the pool, practiced kicking their arms & legs & at the end, picking a floating toy to throw out into the pool to swim to. Although the toys are a great idea, it was really distracting for Logan since after a few tosses he wanted to choose another. We rotated between four or five different pool toys & he totally lost focus on actually trying to swim. He was supposed to be practicing his arm strokes, but at this point only kicked his legs & reached for toys. It was still loads of fun though. And afterward, I felt like I had run a mile. My arms & legs were nothing but Jello since this was the most activity I've had in almost 3 months.

Now is the time of the year where we really get to enjoy life, getting out to class, going on walks in the neighborhood & playing in the park. I am more than thrilled to be this busy again because it makes up for all of the fun we missed out on while I was sick. It also makes me feel so much better just seeing Logan so happy to go out & about.

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