Who knew that having one person not working outside the home would make life so much easier? I mean, I knew it would be a bit easier when I stopped working since we wouldn't have to juggle schedules as much but I had no idea that it would be a LOT easier.
- This week Emma's CI acted a little quirky and required 2 unexpected trips to see her audiologist as well as multiple phone conversations. This could have required a real juggling act if both of us were still working, but since I was home it didn't.
- We're in the process of doing some estate planning and will generation that is a bit trickier to execute when you have a special needs child. I had the time to research what needs to be done, check with a few parents in our similar situation to find out who the experts are, and even schedule our initial consultation.
- I can PLAY with the girls at night. I don't have to work after putting in a lot of hours working as "mom/therapist" during the day. It is so nice to relax and play with the girls and have more family time together.
- Enrolled Julia in swim classes for this session and attended the first lesson. She loves swim lessons and we were lucky to find the perfect date/time for our schedule!
- Researched and followed-up on alternative approaches I think Emma will benefit from. I've been trying to get to this for a couple of months now and, with the extra time available now, I've completed it in a week. The results? I have a phone apt. this week with a top researcher from the University of Delaware that wants to help facilitate a comprehensive evaluation on power mobility for Emma (this man is doing amazing things with infants/toddlers and robotics) and Emma has a craniosacral therapy appointment scheduled for next week.
- Put in some time researching the internet business I'm trying to start, registered the domain name and did some more research for the business plan. I have a LOT more work to do here and need to put more time into this as it is a high priority for me, but I know I'll have more time to devote to this next month when our babysitters are back from summer break.
- Reconnected with my contacts in Linked In (a professional networking site) and partially updated my profile. I still have to complete my updated resume and a few other items so that when I'm ready to jump back into the job market I have everything ready to go
- Found time to measure, assess and order an appropriate ramp for our minivan to load Emma's stroller. This will save a lot of wear and tear on my back from lifting her stroller in/out of the car. Her stroller is AMAZING, pushes like a dream and we love it (even if there are a couple of minor details we would change), but it is quite heavy to lift and I'm looking forward to getting the ramp.
- Emma's been using a communication board with her speech therapist that is the best of all the boards we've tried. I was able to contact the Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative (DATI) and found that they have the same communication board that we can borrow - they have reserved it aside for us and we are picking it up on Monday. We've borrowed items from DATI in the past and it is a great FREE resource for DE residents.