Off and Running!
I *really* started seeing kids for therapy today. Here’s how my day went…
6:30 – took the obligatory first day of school pictures on the front porch & left the house with my new 1st grader, stopped at McD’s for a celebratory breakfast to go
6:50 – ate breakfast with my new 1st grader in the parking lot of the primary school to avoid first day of school traffic nightmares
7:20 – took Mr. First Grade inside the school with a bittersweet feeling – not for him…for me & the fact that this is the first time I’ve missed being an “insider” on the first day of school in 12 years
7:30 – Mr. First Grade decided he was okay to walk down the hall by himself (with a teacher) and (with an ever-so-cool fist bump), said goodbye
7:50 – I arrived at work with time to spare, clocked in and *thought* I was ready to tackle the day. I looked at my roster on our computer program and there were names there I didn’t recognize. (I spent the better part of the last week and a half reviewing the files of the kids I was expecting to have and gathering information about them.) I spent the next 2 hours figuring out which classrooms my kids were in (they switched rooms today) and finding out when those classrooms have lunch and nap.
10:00 – I finally picked up my first kiddo for therapy. I followed that session with another and another until 1:30. The only one left in that classroom had been checked out for the day. Between my growling stomach and my exhausted brain, I couldn’t possibly sing “Wheels on the Bus” one more time.
I spent the next 3 hours doing paperwork, filling out purchase orders and talking with one of my colleagues who assured me it would get easier. My company’s expectation is 22 units of therapy per day. I managed to get 14 today. Two-thirds of quota on my first day of therapy isn’t too bad…but it isn’t too great either. I just have to build my stamina and learn to make it a marathon, not a sprint. I’m going to shoot for more units tomorrow and by the end of the week, maybe I’ll be able to get through a whole day without wanting to take a nap under my desk.
4:30 (an hour and a half after I’m supposed to be off work) – I got in my car and went to pick up the kids.
5:15 – home with the 1st grader and his 2 1/2 year old sister… dinner, play, baths, bedtime stories, kids in bed, kids out of bed, kids in bed, kids out of bed, kids in bed… (husband had band practice at the high school)
8:30 – upload pictures, social media, blog post
10:15 – hit publish and go to bed because tomorrow is another day!
Anybody else have a day like this? It’s a crazy life we live, isn’t it?