Don't get me wrong, we have come a long way since the beginning when we really struggled with listening to the other parents talk about what their kids are doing. However, it's still tough to sit around the table and listen to how the kids come home and tell them about their day, about how they talk about the other kids in their class, who was crying, etc. Despite the fact that our kids are so similar when it comes to certain things, we do feel the gap between where their kids are developmentally and where Colin is.
It's such a weird feeling and I can't describe to you exactly what I am trying to say. When we are home with Colin, we exist in our bubble where he has come such a long way in terms of his communication and gross motor development. We are constantly celebrating the little milestones and rejoice in all of the great things that he IS doing. We don't notice the differences because there aren't other kids his age here. However, I was sitting at home spoon feeding him pasta tonight while other kids were feeding themselves whole DINNERS. Kids run circles around him, and we ask that the teachers make him walk laps on the playground with help. I sit there and swallow a lump as I listen to the other parents talk about the things their kids are doing and saying.
Believe me, I know that Colin will be doing all of these things, it just feels so strange to know that your child is even younger than some of the other kids and feels so far away from the things they are doing. It's just hard...
But, we are extremely happy that Colin and Kailey are where they are because we truly feel that it is best for them. When I hear about how structured Colin's day is, and the routines that they have each day, I feel confident that Colin is gaining skills necessary to help him transition to preschool in April (April!).