January - started with conversations with boyo about having a sibling, and a meeting with a social worker about adoption number 2. Boyo also started to show more understanding about adoption and the idea that he had a Mummy before me.
February - contained the down days that it does, as I remembered my worst miscarriage, contained a week off work, a birthday. a celebration of meeting boyo and a waiting for paperwork.
March - a month of momentous and less momentous occasions. We went to the LA adoption celebration, I had an OFSTED inspection at work, boyo had a birthday and a party, and we had a parent's evening - including the start of transferring from nursery to reception.
April - thoughts about life story work, and a life story book dominated my mind, along with the progress of a second adoption and meeting friends in the park.
May - contained a holiday - and many thoughts that have now gone from the blog as a couple of people in real life found my blog and caused me to go through and delete things from the past! We also found out about Jelly - and had to take an unbelievably difficult decision.
June - started with thoughts of giving up blogging, an accidental meeting of Jelly (by M), a definate link, a death and a funeral.
July - meant approval panel, school holidays, seeing boyo's birth brothers, the start of the worry about reception year for boyo, and a choking incident at school nursery.
Aug - school holidays and all that means, were pleasantly interrupted by introductions, and some difficult behaviour from boyo
Sept - reception year started with little success, and we had a visit from after adoption to talk about life story work.
Oct - was about survival, and the realisation that things were more than a little difficult and we needed help.
Nov - started with national adoption week, a post I shared on facebook, that made it's way back to boyo's school (must remember 1 of my fb friends works in the other reception class), boyo having a really bad day at school, and a conversation about a 'statement'. There was a week of meetings; from a LAC review for Jelly, to Post Adoption Support for boyo, GP's, health visitor, friends with DLA conversations, and a meeting with the SENCO...oh and complaints about my stance on photos at school!
Dec - was busy - hence the two posts - one Secret Santa post and one review of Christmas - without the hard stuff.
So 2013 has passed, the last few months in a blur. I hope 2014 gives us time to relax more. I have less expectations - can things not get worse please, and can we get boyo attending full time school sometime this academic year - preferably before I go back to work. However, we hope we have one big change coming - a house move is very much on the cards, to a bigger house with a much bigger garden.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year - and for those expecting great things - I hope you have a wonderful 2014.
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