Weymouth Club. They offer week-long day camps or you can go for the day. Today was Mario and Luigi day. Sean LOVES Mario so I called and signed them up. I gave them a big "heads up" about my kids food allergies as this was going to be an all day affair with lunch included. Nolan my 5 yr old would be able to eat the lunch, but Sean would not. I would have to pack lunch and snacks for Sean because of his multiple food allergies. I have done this all year for pre-school for Sean but this is a new place where he has never spent the day...this is when my anxiety starts to rise.
We get there and I bring them in along with epi-pens, special lunch, snacks and a list of the things they are allergic to. I gave the counselors a run down. Then I look on the craft table. On one end everyone is playing with play dough and the other end is doing a craft with stickers. I had to say "the little one, Sean, can't play with the play dough". Play dough has wheat in it. In the past Sean got hives from touching it. Then I follow with, "oh and my older one, Nolan, he can play with the play dough but he has to wash his hands after". Ugh, I felt like such high maintenance Mama!
Don't get me wrong everyone there was so nice about everything which was great because sometimes people look at my like I have three heads. I hate to draw all this attention to myself and my kids but I know I have to. It's my job to keep them safe. I have to swallow my anxiety, put my big girl pants on and make everyone fully aware. I want my kids to be able to experience the fun that other kids get to. It just takes a lot of extra work (and worry) on my part and some days it gets to me a little ;)
OK, I just needed to vent. Of course I will feel MUCH better when the day is over, everything has gone smooth and the best part-- they tell me how much fun they had.