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