Change in all the areas of my life...

icesong

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Today was actually lovely in a lot of ways. It’s easy to say that since I’m typing from my (inflatable) hot tub, but… had a good work day, had a good kid day, had a reasonably good polycule day despite accidentally falling into a somewhat serious Covid-risks conversation while tipsy (probably need to revisit that post MiniMe vaccine as our risk evaluations are… different.



Ok part of me doesn’t want to take Joan’s concerns into consideration at all. I will. But holy hell I resent it sometimes.
 

icesong

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This week has SO much going on. Knight is interviewing for a new job - second interview Wed and I have, like, all my appendages crossed as this could be a major promotion if it happens. MiniMe's 10th birthday is Thursday, and we got him an awesome gift that he has NO clue what is yet. :D But first we have to get through his IEP meeting, which is *also* tomorrow.

So that requires explanation since I know at least a few people who read this aren't American and/or aren't parents - IEP stands for individualized education plan; it's basically the formal plan for educational accommodations that has to be agreed upon and followed between parents and kid's school to deal with learning difficulties of various types - in my kid's case, his original plan was written for unspecified emotional disturbance as he didn't have a formal ADHD diagnosis yet when the plan was made; I may have mentioned that he did go on meds back in June which has helped somewhat though not enough, really. It's hard though, as he's definitely academically way way way behind. He's at a new school this year, which was helping to start but the novelty has worn off a bit. While he's still doing better than he did at his old school, it's a fight to get him to go and a fight to get him to DO anything. So.

It also doesn't help that his grandmother, who he's quite close to, has been really flaky lately as far as spending time with him - I totally get having been a widow for a few years now and wanting to date, and having already delayed that because of Plague, but... not making your grandkid a priority is Not OK.

Really of all the relationships in my life, my kid is the most important and in so many ways the one I'm least prepared for and least successful at. And I've read so many parenting books and dealing-with-your-own-childhood-trauma books and and and... they all seem SO logical when I'm reading them but as soon as I try and actually USE any of the info in them I get emotionally flooded and things go south. Like, I keep having to pull away from my kid in order to stay calm but that feels like it's almost as bad - I took a quiz the other day on attachment styles with parents and every question I answered, I felt like I was also describing MiniMe's relationship with me (and my relationship with my parents was utterly dysfunctional).

I don't have a pithy answer to what to do with this. I don't even have a plan to make it better. I just know I'm kind of lost on this.
 

Evie

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Is this his first IEP, or a renewal/review of something existing?
 

icesong

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Sort of in between. He has one, but it was created at a previous school so while it somewhat transfers, it's still an entirely new group of teachers/special ed people.
 

Evie

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Even without the healthiest attachment style, you can be an awesome parent if you simply keep advocating for him. The IEP will likely be taking into account what is best for him AND the for class AND for the teacher(s) - and there does have to be a balance - but you are his voice until he can advocate for himself.

If he doesn't want to DO anything, it's because it's the wrong type of stimulation, or too much. Schools don't allow for the power of true boredom. Hell, schooling in general is terrible at that and most kids simply (have to) learn to play the game. Neurodiverse kids care less or not at all about institutional expectations whereas those institutions (but not necessarily the individuals within them) are all about maintaining their systems.

I hope you get a good team that doesn't simply want an IEP that attempts to force or bribe him into learning.
 

icesong

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Wow. It's been a... fairly eventful few weeks since I wrote that. Not even sure where to begin to write... (though before I start I'll say that none of this is tragic, just emotionally a lot). Perhaps this is a songfic of an entry. Wait I suppose not everyone had a few years where they seriously consumed erotic fan fiction, but it doesn't matter - having lyrics to hang this on helps me somehow.

So... there's an Ani DiFranco song that, unsurprisingly has been mentioned on this site before (I checked to make sure I hadn't quoted it before). And it's one that I listened to on infinite repeat in like, March-April of 2020, when I was... well, ya'll were here for *that*. Seriously though, listen to the song it's UTTERLY gorgeous.

you are a miracle but that is not all
you are also a stiff drink and i am on call
you are a party and i am a school night
and i'm lookin' for my door key
but you are my porch light
...
but i stand committed
to a love that came before you
and the fact that i adore you
is but one of my truths

I've written about the poly vacation villa before - not my concept, of course, but it's useful - and how I don't want to be that or have my partners be that. And I *think* that Artist and I have moved past that but sometimes I'm terrified we haven't and won't... not that it matters in many ways as what we have is so fucking beautiful but sometimes my RSD makes me worry. I'll come back to why.

It feels like everything is a school night right now, even things that explicitly and emphatically are not. Knight got the new job, which is going to be a MASSIVE amount of adjustment and is really amazing for him, I'm thrilled, except for the moment we've lost the ability to talk about anything else. We went out to have dinner and watch a movie - Last Duel, which is... ok, triggering as fuck if you can't deal with rape scenes, and wildly inaccurate in SO many ways as far as 14th century material culture (clothing, armor...) and yet captures the ... *feel* of medieval nobility in both crudeness and virtue more than anything I've ever seen - and we had a hard time coming up with conversations that weren't about work or money. So there's that flavor of school night, where everything feels good but so very fucking practical.

And kiddo is having such a hard time with the concept of school - one of his teachers is somewhat terribly stern which is ... I think it works for other students at that school but is the worst thing ever for my kid. Navigating that is... something. So the phrase "school night" is also my every day, seems like, and in ways I 100% wasn't prepared for. Kiddo is struggling at best; in emotions he reminds me of me at his age, and the only difference is that I take him seriously which is something my parents didn't do. And yet when he's defiant in ways I was never allowed to be or even considered being because I was scared of the (abusive) consequences.... the amount of sheer rage I feel and struggle to not express at both the unfairness that I wasn't allowed to express my own defiance, and his actual actions I am trying to overcome is ... yeah. Ya'll get the idea. And yes, rage at a ten year old is a terrible look and I keep it to myself as much as I possibly can but I have to acknowledge how very triggered I am sometimes. So sometimes I feel like my romantic relationships CAN be my stiff drink when I ought to be on call and yet some days one just needs that...

And Artist is exactly the stiff drink - the endorphins of kink/sex cannot be overstated - I crave his touch sometimes or maybe all the time... but I struggle with trying not being _his_ stiff drink or bad idea bear... he's currently prepping for interviews for going from contractor to full employee at that Company You Have Heard Of that is _notorious_ for having a ridiculous interview process, and so decided to not spend the night with me tomorrow. I want to be ok with this - I mean, what is one night in the context of the rest of our lives? - and yet I somehow wish he'd ... I don't know, prep here instead and have an evening that ended up kind of like this one. But I don't think that's how his brain works and I'm trying to be ok with that but my RSD is being a *bitch* on that front. And I don't even want to say anything because I *know*, deep down, that it's just brain tricks.

... and maybe I should just celebrate instead. Writing that I realize that Artist loving me has hit the same level of ... truth of the universe that Knight loving me has... "gravity is down, water is wet, Knight loves me, Artist loves me". it's... fact. And while I never want to take those things for granted - not even gravity, call that shorthand for mindfulness - it's still _truth_. And one or two nights of choosing the rest of his life over spending time with me doesn't change that no matter how much my traitor brain says it means something it doesn't.
 

Vicki82

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I just wanted to validate your frustration with Kiddo... you are heard, and you're not alone in having a mini person that is much harder to manage than it "should" be. Hugs.

I'm glad you know you are loved. That can help get through the bad times!
 

Ostrich

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@icesong I am sending you positive vibes today. I know your last post is almost a month old, but hopefully things in your life have made a turn for the better.
 

icesong

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Thank you @Ostrich ! Things are... things? Actually they're pretty good right now, really. My current full time contract got extended through March, so that's fabulous, Knight still loves his new job, Artist is a bit overly busy with house renovation of the new place but not terribly and it's gonna be amazing when it's done so that's ok... kiddo is at least more stable... I'm even in the very early phases of a big medieval hobby project which, if it works, is going to be EPIC. So I just don't necessarily have a lot of emotion to put on the page nor time to do so.... :D
 

Evie

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Glad to hear about kiddo. I trust that IEP meeting resulted in some quality outcomes?
 

Ostrich

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I am glad to read that it's gotten better for you! I do not know if and how you celebrate the holiday season, but I hope those do not add stress to you. I'll down some Jim Beam in your honor tonight! :D

Post edited for clarity/brevity.
 
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