The last month has dragged by. It has been one month today since we closed on the new house, and it seems like forever ago. I have written several posts (here, here, here, here, and here) about how Kaitlyn has handled the last few weeks, and it will be interesting to see how she does today.
She has had a lot of stress building up as a result of the move. She tries to make us believe that she is fine, but we can see that she is nervous, worried, and stressed. I know she is looking forward to everything that comes with the new house, especially the pool, but I also know she is worried about living somewhere new.
We have tried to make the transition as easy as possible for her. But, since she is so dependant on her structure and routine, we know that this will not be easy for her. She is already gearing up for our big house warming party, and the start of her swim lessons (thank you, Caroline! We have all missed you this summer!).
School starts back soon, so hopefully that will help to ease the transition. And if you are in town, feel free to contact me so that I can let you know how you can help!
We have really enjoyed sitting together as a family this weekend and watching the U.S. Olympic Trials. We’ve watched a lot of swimming, track & field, and gymnastics. You could say that Olympic Fever is already spreading around our house.
The coolest part of watching the various Trials this weekend has been Kaitlyn’s interest in the events. I wrote about it a little Friday, but since she has become even more interested, I figured an update would be nice.
She has cheered, at least for the most part, for the eventual event winner. Of course, a lot of the time it is because she waits to see who is winning and then gets excited for that person.
One thing she has not done, at least during the Trials, is cheer for anybody that is representing UF. That’s my girl! She will be allowed to cheer for Ryan Lochte in London, but not during the Trials. Her biggest thrill was when she announced she was cheering for Maurice Mitchell in the 200-meter race, and he made the team by finishing second (he’s a Nole, so she was really cheering hard for him).
Kaitlyn is getting more and more excited about the London Olympics. Amber and I are right there with her.
Kaitlyn was nice enough to join us on the couch for a little bit tonight as we sat and watched the Olympic Trials. She really ignored them on TV during the swimming (sorry Caroline). I found that a little strange because she always says how much she loves to swim.
The gymnastics, however, caught her attention. She was really in to watching as the gymnasts did their routines on the balance beam and uneven bars. She claimed that he could do some of what they were doing, and eventually got around to which skill it was that she could do. The results: she can hang on the bar and walk on the balance beam.
I am happy that she at least took an interest in watching the Trials with us. Hopefully she will watch some of the track and field events with us tomorrow night since she loves to run. My bigger hope is that she will watch some of the events during the Olympics with us.
Her interest in gymnastics, swimming, and running has me wondering which of them would be best suited for a child with Asperger’s; while I do not harbor any Olympic dreams for her, I would love for her to become very interested in at least one of them and possibly excel. I think the adherence to rules and the structure and routine of each would be right up her alley.