Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Finally...The First Day of Preschool

My oldest and Sera have been going to preschool for almost 3 weeks now.  Matilda was waiting patiently and kept asking when does she go to her school. Today was her day. She was pretty excited, but I knew when we got there she wouldn't want to leave my side. She's always been my shy, clingy one.  Luckily for her, this preschool has a parent stay the entire time for the first day. (Definitely doesn't feel like a first day to me...more like an orientation). Matilda had to stay within 3 feet of me at all times.  

It was a great morning, nonetheless. She has a great teacher and assistant. She's only going 2 times a week for 2.5 hours, which is probably good since she likes to be my sidekick the majority of the time. 

Why different schools for my twins? Definitely not my ideal situation, but I had to do what I felt was best for Sera. With her speech delay, she was able to sign up with the county preschool and receive her speech therapy while at school. It's great for her and she really excels in this type of situation. On her first day almost 3 weeks ago, it felt like just another day of school. She was eager to go--in fact, she was up early that morning. She woke me up and told me she needed to "pack" (her snack).  She's excited to be around other kids.  Ironically, she's an angel at school while she drives me bananas at home. Like I mentioned on my last post, she will push every one of my buttons daily. However, at the end of the day, she'll give me the biggest hug.

I tried to get Matilda into Sera's school, for they do take "role model" students (that's what they call them), which are basically kids that are not on an IEP. Unfortunately I was one month too late signing her up, so I was on a waiting list for her to be a "role model." #9 on the list. :(  So, that's why my twins go to different schools. They are so different and independent of each other that I don't think it bothers them.  In fact, I think they tend to play more together at home now that they don't see each other as much. Sera is in school 5 days a week for 2.5 hours.  I feel like half my morning is spent in the car driving, but as long as they are happy, I'm happy.

Matilda will have her first day of preschool next week without me, so we'll see how that goes. Most likely, she'll have some tears--which usually gets me a little emotional.

Monday, September 14, 2015

I'm Back!

Seriously, I am not good at this blogging/writing thing! I feel like everyday is just constant motion and little time for me to sit down and write. I just filed 2014 taxes if that tells you anything!

Maybe I should write less in one post and write more frequently. I mean, can I take 10-15 minutes out of my day to write a blog post?! I'm going to try it. Not everyday. At least once a week.

So, what prompted today's post, you might ask...or maybe no one is following this anymore. That's okay too. This can be for me only. :)

Proud Mommy moment.  I haven't really cried in awhile...hormones must be in check lately. However, today I let it out.

Sera, who is my more challenging daughter--always getting into trouble, climbing on counters to reach candy, taking her sister's things and running off with them (taunting "haha, haha"), helping herself to whatever she feels like, doesn't take "no" for an answer, still not potty-trained, and able to press every single one of my buttons within a day--made me cry tears of happiness today.

Long story short: she met this little girl who is about 5 (Sera is only 3.5 now) through school this past summer. This little girl is severely handicapped. I'm not sure what disability she has, but I know she is bound to a wheelchair, can't talk, and seems to lack muscular function.  Sera has talked about her on several occasions, and she tells me how she doesn't see "Kate" anymore.  Well, today I was walking Sera into the school and she saw Kate right away in the lobby.  Sera ran ahead of me and gave the biggest hug she could give to Kate. It was one of those sweet moments I will cherish forever.  Right away, tears formed in my eyes and I thought what a special little girl I have.  I have never seen another child make any contact with Kate at school, and here's my sweet girl showing love.

And, if that wasn't of the little girls in her preschool class was having a rough time at "drop off" today. What did Sera do? She hugged her.  It's nothing she thinks about; she just does it. She's the most caring 3 year old I have ever seen and I can't believe she's my daughter.

Needless to say, I balled like a baby when I got to the car.  My daughter touches my heart and she makes me so proud. While I do believe your environment, your parents, your peers shape who you become, I truly believe Sera has a little bit of extra kindness in her soul.