Tuesday, April 28, 2009


I have been dreading Evan starting Kindergarten. Due to his heart defect and stroke I always knew that learning issues would be very likely. How could they not be? Most kids get all the oxygen they need to their brains from birth. Most kids do not have damage to a significant portion of their brains. Still, I hid my head in the sand and pretended that Evan's issues were largely physical in nature. I knew this would have to end when it came time for him to enter Kindergarten. I even considered homeschooling him so that I could pretend a bit longer and I could shelter him more from all the potential bullies and mean kids out there. However after prayer and the realization that our personalities are such that I would probably blow a gasket if I was to be entirely in charge of his education I decided that the public schools would be in charge of most of his education... for now.

Evan had his initial evaluation today. He can be very inattentive at times, especially when something he is being asked to do is not something that he really cares to do and that affected the the results. In most of the areas he was tested in he was either at the low end of normal or just below normal, so I do have the hope that he will be able to catch up to his peers with some extra help. He is getting a further more intensive evaluation in a classroom setting for the next two weeks which of course is going to be fun what with the baby coming on Friday an all. It sure is going to be an interesting juggling act but as this is the last evaluation session for the school year there is not much choice. I really wish that we had known our moving fate in a much timelier manner so that we did not have to rush at the last second to get everything done.

I just can't help but reflect on all the crazy and huge things that have gone on in the past year or so. There have been so many massive changes that it has been hard to keep on my feet and rolling with the punches. I really find it interesting that so many things with Evan and the baby have come to a head at the same time (the diabetes diagnosis and Evan's surgery happening at the same time ect). I really wish things would slow down a bit so that I can just relax and enjoy some of it but I am not seeing that happening.


Gina said...

I wish that for you too, but with a new baby coming any day, I'm not sure I see it happening either!

Heather said...

{{Hugs.}} Take a deep breath and just sit down for a few minutes and relax. Honestly. The kids will be fine for a few minutes.

It's all good. It really is.

Elizabeth-W said...

Try not to worry. Lots of kids with no problems test in the same way--normal.
Especially if he is a late birthday--that makes a difference, too, I think.
I'm in a kindergarten class frequently, and I swear at the beginning of the year those boys will never learn b/c they're just too wiggly. But by Christmas they're reading, etc. :D

chelle said...

Maybe once the baby arrives things will settle a little.

Sending positive vibes your way :)

Gabriela said...

12 days til your due date? Wow-that went fast (for me at least). I agree with Gina-things probably won't be slowing down anytime soon.

But you can do it! We learn the most when we are put to the test, you know? Hang in there!

Anonymous said...

You have had a lot of stress lately!
It's true that some children don't do well in a testing situation. This is my opinion of the public school system---yes, it's flawed, but there are some great teachers out there.
Learning to read well means success in all areas of study. And late learners really can catch up.
See you next week.

maw said...

Hmmmmm....An oldest child's personality(you) with another oldest child's personality (Evan) Looks like you made a good decision to me!

GoofyJ said...

Sending lots of hugs and prayers. Hope all goes well with new baby and everything else.