School ended on Monday. Xander's first full year has now come and gone. My mother warns me that each year will go faster as he goes through school. I hope not. This one was fast enough!
Unfortunately, Xander has been in a funk for about two weeks. He has sensory issues (touch and sound), so often his funks manifest through these issues. We've had problems with shoes, socks, and pants lately. And then the television being too loud (though he cannot hear it when it is turned down some and is frustrated either way).
I wonder if it is a combination of all that has happened in the past few weeks: my parents have come and gone (and it is always a bit of a circus while they are here, so there were visits with family members, trips to the market, and lots of other things to do), two birthdays (and his big birthday party), the death of our cat, and now the end of school. It's a lot for a person who is just 5 to process.
I've decided to let it be for now. It took a few days of really awful confrontations, fits, and lots of crying on both ends to get here. But he needs some time to process. So I am offering opportunities to be outside, to run errands, and to play. But also leaving him to watch television and zone out for a couple of days too. Until he gets some footing back.
My friend Lisa took photos of her kids on the first and last days of school. I had taken some on the first day, but my last day photos were iffy, because of "the shoe issue".
They do something called gradual entry at our school. This one was taken on Xander's first day going to meet his teacher. (Notice that Liam is the grumpy one in this photo...if it isn't one, it's the other!).
This is his actual first full day of school:
Walking to school with Daddy.
Entering the Kindergarten area. (That's his teacher holding his hand.)
And this is his last day of school.
(Told you he was grumpy. And yes, this is all I could get. LOL)