Thursday, April 7, 2016

tHERsDay: The Devolution of an IEP Mom

Today was CB's very last IEP meeting. The last one I will attend EVER. 
I've been going to these suckers since she was three. At least once a year. Every three years, twice. 

So, here's the evolution - or devolution - of me as the IEP meeting Mom. When I first started attending these things, I was a 29 year old overwhelmed mother and full time graduate student. I'd sit with my pens and legal pad, ready to take notes. I'd read everything prior and think of questions to ask. I was on top of my game and ready to take on the world. 

Then, these meetings just became rote. I'd lug my other little ones with me and they'd color while the Child Study Team and I talked. It became a social time, actually. She had the same teacher for many years in a row, the same therapists, the same administration. They all watched my kids grow up. They watched CB grow up. 

I never missed a meeting in 18 years. Until today.

Her Senior Exit meeting. The final IEP of my life, and I never wrote it on my calendar. I freakin' MISSED IT like a giant idiot.

It's been that kind of week. Don't even get me started.

Well, 18 years of IEPs have come to a close. I mark this monumental day by leaving her team sitting and waiting and wondering if I'll ever show up. Like the awesome Mom I am. 

It's kinda funny when I think of how I rolled into this new world and how I'm rolling out. 

Well, CB... I guess we both have a case of Senioritis. 


Katie and Gracie's Mom said...

Love it! That would be me too! In about 13 years or more! Praying its only 13!

king said...

I am purposely missing the last IEP because, 10 days later, the kid gets kicked out of school to be an "adult". Hey,it's the law, they have to have the meeting. I don't care. I told long as she keeps getting what she's been getting for the next 10 days, I'm good. Ten days later...blech.

Elizabeth said...

Ha ha ha ha. I was just thinking about our upcoming last IEP and what I should wear to it. I think a costume is in order and might film the whole thing?

Anyway, congratulations are in order. I wish I lived nearby so that we could go out and celebrate in some way. What a long, strange trip it's been, indeed.

Alicia D said...

Costumes would rock!! You gotta do something more memorable yuan forgetting :). a long strange trip indeed. I'm glad the ride is coming to an end! I'm obviously so over it ;)

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