This weekend was busy (as usual) with lots of traveling. On the good side, I'm getting much better at getting Claire and I packed up and on the road.
Friday night I attended a DS parent support group. There aren't any groups like this in my area, so the one I went to was a couple of hours away, near where I grew up. I was really excited for this meeting. I was looking forward to meeting other parents, and getting to hang out with some school age kids with DS. Unfortunately, the meeting wasn't really what I'd hoped for.
First, it was very loud and very hectic, and hard to have a conversation at all. I understand that this is also a time for the kids to get together and play, but conversation was difficult at best. I also really felt like an outsider. The parents in this group have been together for quite a while. Their kids attend pre-school and school together, and they have a lot of the same therapists. I knew that this was going to be the case, but it seemed to create a bigger gap between us than I thought it would. I was able to talk to one mom whose daughter had the same heart surgery as Claire, but I don't think I really learned anything that I didn't already know. Overall, I'm glad I went, but I don't think I'll make the effort to get back again.
Saturday, on the other hand, was a great day. One of my college roommates was in town, and we were able to get together with a third roommate and hang out. (Hi guys!) It was wonderful to have a chance to get caught up and see every body's kids.
Sunday was spent out at our pasture working on water line and a new stock tank. I was a little nervous about how Claire would do, but she was a champ. She napped a little more than usual, but I expected that since car time makes me tired too!