Star – Word of the Week

It’s been a strange week, I don’t feel as though I’ve done much yet a lot has been achieved. I’ve chosen Star as the word of the week because a lot of the week has been about her.

On Monday and Tuesday Star went to her new secondary school. She stayed all day both days and made some new friends. She was also supposed to go on Wednesday but it was her birthday and although she was looking forward to spending her first ever birthday at school, when the day came she didn’t want to go. It wasn’t compulsory attendance so I let her off. Because we thought she would be at school we didn’t have anything planned for her, but she didn’t mind. We did go out, we went to check out the venue for our wedding reception, and then we did a little school shoe shopping.

After shopping we grabbed some lunch from Greggs and ate outside in the sunshine.

I think she’s looking so much more grown up now that she is eleven. She’s 5ft 3″ and her shoes were size 4. It won’t be long before she’s taller than me.

I made her a birthday cake, last year she wanted a Charmander cake. For those not familiar Charmander is a Pokemon and it evolves into Charizard. So this year we had Charizard on the cake.

Her next birthday treat is a trip to Pizza Hut with the entire family. It’s becoming a tradition now, I’ve tried to persuade her to do something else but she’s adamant it’s what she wants to do. We will also take a little trip into Build-A -Bear with her birthday money.

Then on Thursday Star had a visit to the hospital to see her neuro consultant about her neck. She has already had her CT scan. The consultant was really pleased and said her neck is doing very well, the bone graft is fusing (which is why she’s been experiencing pain and soreness, but that’s a good thing) and the pins are in place still. It’s hard to believe all that we went through with her neck, two years of worry for us and pain for her, it’s such a relief to know that all is well. She will still have six monthly checks because her body is still changing and growing.

She starts her new school on 8th September and she’s all ready now. I’ve even filled her pencil case for her. I was thinking last night that I’ve not yet had a child that has made it through secondary school, Star could be my first if it goes well. It’s quite a worry with her autism, but I’ve had lots of contact with the school already and another meeting set up for 30th September to see how she’s settling in. My fingers are very tightly crossed.

I did think that I would be getting my new car today, but they are only just fitting my adaptations so it will be next Wednesday now. We will still have a week before the kids go  back to school so I’m looking at places we can go in our last few days of the holiday.

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  1. August 26, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    Happy Birthday to Star! It sounds like a great birthday.
    Aww! She does look so grown up and so much like you!
    I'm glad the hospital went well….I'm sorry she has been in pain but it sounds like it's a good thing as it means it's working!
    Good luck to Star at school x

  2. August 26, 2016 / 5:46 pm

    Happy birthday, Star! Hope she loves her Pizza Hut and Build A Bear trip, too – my kids would love that! Glad to hear that she's excited about her new school and her appointment went well, and that your car will arrive with a few days left to adventure x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  3. mummyhereandthere
    August 26, 2016 / 6:14 pm

    Happy birthday Star, she sounds like she knows what she wants and is happy with that. I wish he all the best, I am autistic and know how stressful it is going to a new school etc, etc. My anxiety hit high second week in but I hope it is not too much trouble for her. I like the idea that you can go in to a settle in period as well, such a great idea X #WOTW

  4. August 26, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    My eldest is also autistic and his transition to secondary school went so wrong that I ended up taking him out before the end of the second year. That was 15 years ago though and I'm hoping things have changed since then.

  5. August 26, 2016 / 8:27 pm

    Thanks, she's really excited about her trip 🙂 Thanks for hosting WOTW, it's always nice to think of a word to sum up my week. x

  6. August 26, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    Thank you, and yes, she is growing more like me, it's just the blue eyes that are so different. Boo has my brown eyes. x

  7. August 26, 2016 / 11:55 pm

    Glad to hear that Star has made some new friends at secondary school and that all went well with her neuro appointment. It sounds like she had a lovely birthday too – I love the sound of the evolving Pokemon cake! Hope that she settles in well to her new secondary school. #WotW

  8. August 28, 2016 / 7:16 pm

    Happy Birthday Star, I'm glad she had a good day. Good luck for her first official day of school. I'm sorry to read she is in pain but she has come so far these past few years. Enjoy your new car x #WotW

  9. angiemwebster77
    August 29, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    Hope Star had a lovely birthday, how exciting for her to start secondary school next week I hope she settles well and enjoys it. Fingers crossed that your car is ready soon so you can enjoy some nice days out before the new school year starts. #WotW

  10. August 29, 2016 / 11:02 pm

    I hope Star had a lovely birthday.
    I think it's great how secondary school gives children opportunities to settle into their new school at their own pace.
    I do hope the new school goes well on the 8th – it's just around the corner! *eek!!*

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