Got some comments on my "chaotic" life
I got an email last night that was meant to be encouraging, I think, but left me in tears. I have a feeling that you all would probably understand.
My husband and I are in a very demanding program (school, ministry practicum, internship type thing) and that schedule in itself is a lot to handle. During the first year of this program, we found out that our (now middle) child is ASD. That same week, we found out we were expecting our third child. We got our son into ST, OT, and are about to start PT for low tone and a hip issue. Our oldest child has some sensory issues, and was acting out at school, so we've been doing play therapy and OT for her as well. And our third child is almost 2 months old. So yeah, our life is pretty hectic, but I wouldn't call it chaotic. That implies that we can't handle it. We're both making excellent grades, I'm at the top of my class, and we're functioning pretty well as a family. The issue was, this past week, we all got the flu. So we missed some days of school, and I get this email from an instructor saying that she hopes that my chaotic life will settle down soon.
I realize it was probably just a poor choice of words, but it stung. Until we finish this program, our life will be like this, and there is nothing to be done about it. And even when we finish, our lives will still be hectic, because our profession will keep us busy, and we will still have three kids, and one of those kids will still be ASD. But I think we're handling it just fine.