HSing with a special needs child + baby in the house - back to PS :( *update*
I am literally nauseous. DD and DH want her to go back to PS next year. A different school than the one we pulled her from (not sure how DHplans to pull that off), but a PS no less. I have come to really dislike PS for a hundred different reasons.
The biggest reasons for going back to PS are....
... my 3yo DD who has sensory processing problems. I love her more than life itself but she is a pretty hard child to care for.
... my 1yo who is glued to me all the time. High need. I fear he has sensory problems as well. Still breastfeeds frequently. I know he'll be older in the fall and things will be different, but honestly, toddlers aren't much easier than babies.
Due to these two things, our home isn't a great learning environment. Yes, I'm stressed. I'd be stressed with or without homeschooling DD. It's rarely peaceful. DD has her own room upstairs and can get a slice of peace, but even then there's a chance my 3yo will have a meltdown because she can't go into her sister's room while she's doing schoolwork.
Update: A lot of folks are asking the same question and I only have a minute so I can't quote each one. She is 9 in 3rd grade. Their naptimes are spread out over the day and the sensory toddler has pretty much stopped napping except for sometimes a small nap (30 minutes) around 5:00 or 6:00. The baby takes an afternoon nap and a nap around 5:00. We do what we can while he's asleep but the toddler does not entertain herself well. We didn't find out she was special needs until December and she wasn't this bad when we started.
On a positive note, I found out that our area has several Charter schools she can attend. DH and I agreed that if she can't attend one of those schools (out of district kids are selected by lottery) she will HS again. There's also a part time private school where kids go to school two days a week and homeschool the other three. I really like this idea but we can't afford it right now.
I'm still heartbroken but at least the charter schools are better than her old PS. I really like the way one of them operates.