Hi, welcome to October. How fast is this year going?! This month we have linked with some amazing blogs to share all about our lives throughout October. I will be doing a Blogtober post every Friday throughout October so I hope you’ll check back.
I always feel like I’m either in some sort of anonymous group or at one of those ice breaker moments in training when asked to ‘introduce myself’…’Hi, I’m Becka and I’m a blogoholic/sugar addict/staying in Pj’s-oholic’.
Well, all that is true. I’m a 30-something year old Mummy and one. Life has had a bit of change around for us lately as I have become a stay at home mum. Every since I was 19 my life was my career. I find a job I loved and it became my everything. I am an Early Years Professional. I studied Early Years studies and gained EYP status in 2012. I loved watching children learn and grow. I was an important part of their lives and they were a huge part of mine.
When I had J I was happy to combine both parts of my life. When J turned 2 he came with me to preschool. Life was perfect. But then the preschool closed. Personal reason had meant the owner had to close down after over 30yrs of the preschool being open. It was the right decision for her. For me it meant I reassessed life.
J is my almost 3yr old little man. This blog is all about his adventures and his journey through additional needs. If you go way back to my first few blogs it was all about his speech difficulties and starting therapy. Then it turned to his lack of play skills and his sensory needs. This then led to blogs about his assessments and introducing the paediatrician. In June J was diagnosed as having Social Communication difficulties with a question mark around Autism (to be reassessed when he’s older as our paediatrician feels he’s too young for a fair judgement). It opened up a world of appointments and therapy sessions. We had to practice the skills at him too and arrange resources that would support him.
When preschool closed I realised how lucky I had been by being able to have him with me all day every day. I realised that I was lucky to be able to rearrange shifts and take time off for appointments. I could do his activities and practising his skills at the preschool. Over the summer holidays I realised that finding another setting for J wouldn’t be so easy. Finding another understanding employee wouldn’t be easy.
So I made the decision to be a stay at home mum for the near future. It means they we can attend appointments and therapies easier, I can do activities and take him to groups whenever they were on and I could spend time finding the right setting and have a great transition for him. It has meant that I have to be extra careful with money and find creative ways to spend our time…but it’s worth it.
Have a lovely October x