Although Jayce has attended our chapter of MOMS Club since birth, including his own '05 playgroup once a month made up of kids just his age, Jayce really hasn't made any friends despite all his exposure to the same kids. He can recognize some of them by name... Connor, Liam, Caroline, etc, but he's never asked to play with them or been excited about seeing them before.
There are 4 little boys in Jayce's special needs preschool morning class, but only one of them have I gotten to know over the past few weeks. Sometimes I forget that this really is a small town and you are bound to run into the same people at the same locations you frequent with your kids.
I attended a MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers) group when Jayce was a toddler. I enjoyed it, but Jayce didn't really and it became more of a hassle than a pleasure to go. But I really loved getting to know some of the women in that group. It just so happens that one of those moms I met lives in my neighborhood and is now my Tuesday/Thursday walking buddy. Another mom I met through MOPS just recently received a PDD-NOS diagnosis for her 3 year old son. It was this mom that I ran into at McDonald's one day. Another mom she was sitting with looked very familiar, but it was she who placed me soon after meeting me, "Your son is in my son's preschool class!" And so is the story of meeting my new friend Becca.
Becca's son Lou is a sweet happy child, a great balance to my negative non-compliant grumpy kiddo. (And yes, he really is like this a lot, you just won't see too many pictures of Jayce acting contrary. I have a tendency to only shoot smiling happy Jayce). Jayce and Louis have really hit it off and seem to enjoy each other's company at school. Jayce now says Lou's name synonymously with attending school.
We've also gotten the boys together for 3 play dates that have been really fun! We headed to the park on a gorgeous day last Wednesday:
I think both Jayce and mommy benefited from this new friendship :)