Anyway, back down off the wall I go and in the computer chair I sit!
|Orion's first school bus ride to his second day at Texas School for the Deaf along with big brother Skyler.|
I didn't even imagine it at this time last year. Kids who go to PIP (now called TLC, Toddler Learning Center) at TSD can ride the bus. Some do and some are chauffeured by their parents. Last year, I brought Orion to and from TSD 3 times a week (he started out at TSD 2 times a week). It got old but Orion is worth it and I got to see his teacher work with him as well as witness the other cute little Deaf toddlers learn.
Knowing Orion was going to be in school 5 days a week for the 2013-14 school year and that his big brother Skyler would ride along with him, we had to give bus transportation a try! We also decided that since flexibility with time is important for Orion and his teacher or Intervener at the end of the morning we would come and pick him up from the TLC house every day.
So, in the morning of the second day of school, the bus rolled up our lane and stopped in front of our house. I put Orion down and buckled him in all snug like you see in the picture above. We put Orion's stroller in the back of the bus and off they went to TSD. I don't like to talk about tears here, I rock happiness and positive thoughts. But yeah, OK, I cried. OK?! Orion's growing up, my baby's growing up! It was a relief, too. It was easy to get it back together since that's five days of a couple free hours in the morning! Think of the naps I could take to compensate for my messed-up sleep. (Unfortunately, like my mom knows, I don't do naps. I only crash when I'm absolutely exhausted. :P)
It turned out that Orion cried during the ride. I think he cried some of the way each morning he rode the bus throughout September.
Meanwhile, I made a "Fun in a Box" for Orion; we enlisted the comfort of his hole-y crocheted blanket from Gramma (he loves holes); and encouraged Skyler to just be there for Orion even if he doesn't calm down with his touch. I was really concerned for his emotional well-being but better reports were coming in about Orion as the month went along. We got a nice report from another student on the bus (we worried, we asked!) that even though Orion was crying, he's still improving and Skyler was so good with Orion and was doing a great job comforting him. So that was a relief and we were proud of Skyler. It also helped that we were the last stop on the route before they boomeranged back to school.
|Orion's Fun in a Box, made by yours truly. 8/28/2013. |
Photos edited in InstaPic Frame.
There were a couple instances where Orion would hold himself in a rigid plank, refusing to fold and sit in the seat. If coaxing or trying to tactile sign "SIT" didn't work (it worked sometimes!) we would drive him in.
It took a while for Orion to get used to it. What an odd experience! Odd seat! Not a typical car booster seat but a 5-point harness practically coming out of the bus seat itself, no headrest, sides, etc. The driver shared with me that Orion only starts crying when the bus is stopped (at the light, in heavy traffic) but is fine while it's moving.
Whenever we knew Skyler would not be on the bus, we would not put Orion on the bus alone so instead we drove Orion to school.
So like you already knew from the beginning, he's gotten used to the bus rides and is doing so much better.