I honestly can’t believe that it’s almost the end of 2010 already, this year has been such a huge year for us!
We started the year desperate to sell our house, the house that we were still desperately trying to finish a complete renovation on. Oh and did I mention that our lovely new fireplace developed a problem and started filling the house with smoke and the new central heating system decided to pack up over Christmas so we started the year with no heating………… it was FREEZING! In fact it was so cold the windows froze on the inside!!!
March arrived and we’d had an offer on the house and were unsure if we would still be in the UK for J’s 4th birthday. He was so excited and desperately wanted a party, his first proper birthday party, so 2 weeks before his birthday we hosted a small party for him. Then during the 2 weeks that followed that party we spent all of our time saying goodbyes to family and friends, hoping that they would keep in touch once we had moved………… some have, some haven’t, that’s a whole other post! The ones that have, (and even some of the ones who haven’t) we miss you all and love you all lots
April arrived and so did the removalists and our moving date. J was an absolute star on the flights over to Australia, the computer games helped too Just a couple of days after arriving hubby started his job so it was up to J and myself to find somewhere for us to live and a playgroup for J to attend. 2 weeks later we were settled into our new home and J was in playgroup 2 days a week. However we soon realised that the house we were renting wasn’t going to be big enough to fit all of our belongings in when they arrived from the UK and J wasn’t happy at daycare. So we moved again, this time to a bigger house but we stuck it out with the daycare for 6 months until it just became too hard for all of us.
Our container arrived in June whilst J was at daycare, he thought it was fantastic when he came home to find all of his toys and his bed etc…….. In July we decided that now we were settled we should try to source out some help with J, we had a feeling that it was Asperger’s but as we’re just his parents and not professionals in this field we needed help, so we spoke with our GP. After J tried to trash his room and was his usual self the GP referred us a Peadiatrician who had seen J when we were previously in Australia. At the beginning of August we finally got the diagnosis we had been expecting and a whole new adventure began.
Since August J has started an Early Intervention Program at the local school, where he has made progress and more importantly where he has made friends. We have also started going to a Playconnect group which is a parent/child group for families with children on the spectrum, this too has been wonderful and has also enabled us to make great new friends who are also going through similar issues. It was tough going to start with J used to attack everyone and everything but with the help of his charts he has begun to calm down and now enjoys some of his time at the group. And we’ve now made a couple of friends who I hope will be in our lives for a long time, thanks R and D for becoming a part of our lives
We seem to have had one appointment after another with the Peadiatrician, OT’s, Behaviour Specialists, Speech Pathologists and a Child Psychologist……… and then there’s been the appointments with the school. We’re getting help from the school because J has one or 2 issues with starting Prep…………. he hates the idea! The past few months just seem to have flown by so quickly!
Last month we decided to go on our first family holiday, once again J was star and coped remarkably well, it was nice to get away and to spend some quality time together as a family. We had great fun
Last month I also decided to do something for me, once J is settled in school I would like to return to work part time. I work in childcare but it would seem that my 16 years experience and my qualifications don’t really count for much in Australia. I have started the ball rolling officially and I’m trying to get my UK qualifications transferred into their Australian equivalent but in order to do that I have to enrol and study 2 modules which apparently are different to the UK ones??? Anyhow I am now enrolled and have a fair bit of study to fit in before May, (when it has to be completed by), I also have to complete a first aid course before my qualifications will be transferred over. It will be a full day so not an easy thing to fit into my life at the moment but hey it has to be done so maybe early next year……….. In addition to this I thought it would be useful to get some Australian work experience so I have put my name down as a volunteer at my local Early Years Centre, (a bit like Children’s Centres for all my UK readers), they been incredibly helpful to us, (they run the playconnect group) so I hope I can now be of help to them.
Now we’re in December and we’ve just had Christmas! J, hubby and I have had such a hectic year but when I watched Father and Son playing and laughing together on Christmas Day I could see that everything that’s happened this year has been worth all the hard work and stress that we’ve all endured just for that moment. J loves the Aussie sunshine and now finally loves playing outside, especially in water, (so long as it doesn’t go near his head LOL), and although we’ve had a very wet Christmas we had a great time………. and we were warm! LOL
To hear J laughing and to watch him playing so happily is simply magical, it was the best Christmas present ever and the very best end to a very busy year.
Now onto next year and the
challenges adventures that await us!
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