I was a little worried how it would all start for Kaitlyn when I went into her room around 11:30pm last night to check on her. She was still awake, and she was crying. I crawled up next to her and asked her why she was crying.
“I don’t want 2012 to be over, then I will lose all the fun things I did,” she told me. Wow. I had to explain to her that just because 2012 was over it did not mean that all the fun she had in 2012 had to go away. I tried to get her to understand that the new year does not mean that she can never think about all of the fun things she did.
Then, I think I got her to at least be somewhat excited about 2013. I reminded her about the cruise. I reminded her that if it stayed 2013, we would not be able to go on our family vacation this summer. She said she cannot wait to go, so it was ok that 2013 was here. I thought we were good at that point. I was wrong.
Kaitlyn then told me how she was nervous about starting 2nd grade, so I had to remind her that she does not start 2nd grade until August, so there is no reason to worry about it now. She was undeterred. 2nd grade means that she is that much closer to finishing elementary school, and that is just not acceptable to her. Again, I told her that she had a few years to go before that came up. This time, it seemed to work.
I cannot wait to see the adventures that 2013 will bring us. I know that there will be ups and downs, highs and lows, and I know that Amber and I will learn something every day. I know that I will keep writing about our adventures and offering insight (I hope) into what it is like having an aspie running around; I really could share something every day, and it would be something new. Hopefully 2013 has me finishing the book about our adventure, from birth to the start of school, which will provide you with even more detail and insights.