Monday 11 March 2019

Guess Who's Back? Back Again?...for the tenth time....

I'm still a little shocked myself that I'm actually able to sit down at the computer right now and pop a little post together - I mean, let's be honest, it's been a fair old while since that happened now isn't it.

Saying that though, I don't plan on this post being lengthy and it probably won't be very interesting for most - but that's OK - it's more of a dipping-my-toes-back-in-the-blogging-world waters type of a post and I know that if I don't at least make an effort to pick it all back up again now I don't think I ever will.

So what's been happening?
(apart from my DA dropping ridiculously!!)

Well blogging wise, I just haven't had the time or the inclination to sit down and type anything if I'm honest.

I started my own childminding business in September (although the process initially started back in February 2018) and in between making sure I meet all the Ofsted criteria, keeping on top of all of the paperwork for each child and making sure my accounts were up to date, then actually caring for the little ones, prepping food for them and my family (and myself if there was any time!) I also had to keep the house running, look after my teenager and deal with the seemingly-to-him mountainous issues that he is going through daily too, whilst also making sure I remembered which knife I had to use to chop what with to keep up with the hygiene side of childminding...
(obviously, there's more to it than that, but you get the idea!)

It was a lot of work.

But it was a job and a job I chose to do and a job I could have managed if every Willow shaped problem hadn't been thrown at us at the same time.

I won't go into it all too much - we still don't have any answers really ourselves - but what we do have is three professional organisations working with Willow already.

Nursery decided, on the day that she started in October 2018 - the day after her third birthday - that they were going to face a few issues with Willow and so she was moved to attend the morning sessions where she would get more adult attention (fewer kiddies than in an afternoon) but from that point in, it took just another twelve sessions for nursery to decided that they really could do with a little more support with my little lady.

And so in came the Health Visitors with their assessments and then in came Early Education and their observations and weekly in-school interventions with Willow, and then came the Child Development Team, and back to Speech and Language we will go, oh and then to the hospital for hearing and sight tests and then not forgetting the GP who decided Willow may have Mosaic Downs Syndrome which meant a genetic blood screening and an agonising wait for the results (which were negative)...

But it's been a lot to handle in not even a five-month period.

And then on top of that, there is little Willow herself and the concern about the behaviours that have made all of the above people feel that they need to step in - that has been the hardest thing I think...

Not her scratching or biting or trashing rooms, not the having to get up five, six, seven, ten times a night to sit by her bed and rub her back for five, ten, twenty minutes at a time until she falls back to sleep, it's the constant worry that she may not be fully happy or may be struggling with things and I don't know how best to help her...

What I do know is that she needs her Mummy's 100% undivided attention when she is at home and, for the time being I have had to step away from childminding so that I can best support Willow - hopefully not for too long but just until we have all the Doctor's views and at least know where we are heading with her.

So yes, that's a bit of a brief overview of where I've been recently and why blogging hasn't been at the forefront of my mind - there's been a whole lot of other things shoving it out of the way.

But I'm hoping (as well as job searching for things I can do whilst Willow is at nursery or whilst she sleeps!) that I can start to reclaim my little piece of the internet - I really do miss it...

And it does feel good to be back

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