Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 14, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 17, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Zombies to the Rescue

It's summer.

Here at the Peters' home, we are finally taking a breather from our hectic lifestyle.

The boys and I have slowed our pace and I have deliberately cleared our appointment schedule for the next two months.

I find myself in the unusual position of being surrounded by helpers.

First, I hired a babysitter.

Can you believe it?

I followed the advice of other special needs parents in our area and utilized the services of Care.com. It was an easy way to screen applicants and find the right sitter for our family. We were looking for caregivers who were not intimidated by our children's diagnoses. I found several experienced college girls looking for some extra cash over the summer. Care.com is a great service if you haven't tried it already.

Both Weston and Nicholas will be receiving summer academic services from the school. Weston will go to school on Tuesday mornings from 8-12. Lucky Nicholas will receive some in-home services from his current teacher (whom we all adore).

Lastly, the young man who taught Weston how to swim has agreed to provide him with more instruction this summer. He is a very cool dude and Weston loves his laid-back energy.

I discovered that it was hard work trying to find the right people to help us in our lives. But I also learned that this "extra help" has made a significant contribution to our overall peace of mind.

Hubby and I had our first "date night" together. We went out to eat and watched the latest summer zombie flick. Since we were seeking entertainment and not intellectual stimulation, the "creep show" seemed to do the trick. Funny how you learn something new about zombies every time one of these creature features is realeased. These zombies were attracted to noise. So simply being quiet, would render them blind to a human being's presence. How convenient. They were also repelled by individuals who had acquired illness or disease. We had a good laugh about that one since both our children would be "saved" during a potential zombie attack!  Still, we had a lot of fun and increased our knowledge of zombie warfare techniques. Sounds like a simple recipe for entertainment, doesn't it? Don't know why it took us so long to do it.

It's hard work learning how to relax....but so far, it's working.