I am even late to hosting my TToT so I hope to finish this list quickly and publish it.
1) Thankful for the fact that the first week of school went rather smoothly for Sunny. Of course it is too early to tell if his teacher will live up to the positive image I have of her and how Sunny will handle being away from kindergarten and having less time to play in the long run but at the moment it seems that he is fine.
2) The song "Carrie" by Europe. I used to be a big Bon Jovi fan back in the 80's and I always considered Europe as some kind of "competitors" to Bon Jovi. So it was absolutely impossible for me to like them both. But (without admitting it to anyone, not even to myself ;-) ) Carrie was always a song of them that I really liked. Due to my "dear friends" from the GEMA I could only find a subtitled video of their song. Whatever, time to learn some Spanish ;-)
3) Thankful for my friend who visited me last night. I prepared a delicious dinner for us and we chatted until midnight. It was really good to see her again (because we do not get to see each other very often).
4) Thankful that I was able to help another friend this week. Her daughter had her first week of kindergarten and she stayed with me for two mornings to "lick her wounds" and to be consoled and distracted. Although it added up to the fact that the week was so busy because I could not do anything around the house while she was here it felt so good that I could be there for and take care of her. It was totally worth it!
5) Thankful for Sunny's new teacher (so far). She seems to be a really nice, sweet, and dedicated young lady. What I also really like is that she is planning on using the talker much more than the teachers from kindergarten did. Next week she wants to take it home with her in order to get accustomed to it and to check out the layout and all that stuff. She also already requested me to program new pages with the things they are dealing with in school at the moment. I have a really good feeling about her! Hope it will stay this way!
6) I am thankful that the rash Sunny had this week was only urticaria, so neither anything to worry about nor infectious. This morning his skin already looked so much better. Apart from the rash Sunny was his happy self the whole week so I guess he was not too bothered with it (although I know that it was itching since he scratched himself occasionally but he did not seem to be burdened by it).
7) Thankful that a private affair with public authorities we have been dealing with and fighting against seems to be coming to a positive close for us. I do not want to count my chickens before they are hatched but right now everything seems to work out fine for us. We are cautiously positive about it.
8) Thankful that there will be only a few appointments next week, so I hope that next week will finally be a bit more relaxed and less stressful. I am tired of complaining about my busy and stressful life :-/
9) I am happy that the communication journal I prepared for Sunny is finally finished until to date and that he loves it and that the teacher loves it, too. It needs to be updated on a daily basis now but at least the parts I wanted to include (I made it all back until July and might do some more days of Sunny's past when I find the time, hahaha...) are now in it. It was a lot of work but it was totally worth it. Also, his teacher already drew pictures in it together with Sunny and added some photographs she took during class. I love how cooperative she is! If you are interested to learn more about it please let me know. I might do a separate blog post about it then.
10) This week we went to a final follow-up examination. Sunny had major surgery when he was nine months old and the progress of the surgery's outcome was monitored over the last years. This week was the last appointment of this kind and the surgeons and doctors were so impressed and satisfied at how beautifully and perfectly everything turned out. They were as content as we are, so everyone was happy and we can cross this part of our lives off our list.
Sadly, the main surgeon retired about two months ago, so he did not attend the appointment which was a real shame. He was the nicest, kindest doctor we ever met and I really would have wanted to thank him once again for what he had done and how perfectly he had had it done. Should anyone ever need to place their precious child in the arms of a surgeon, he was the perfect man for that. He was calm, very experienced and specialised in this field of surgery. He was the ideal of a doctor and surgeon. The clinical world will miss out on him and I just hope that his successor will be able to live up to the standards he set.
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