Monday, September 17, 2012

Katelee's First Day of Preschool

Katelee's Preschool story is actually a pretty stressful one when I look back on it.  We had her registered with our friend Kacy's preschool that Ethan went to last year.  We even went to the open house and got her excited about going there.  We had Grandma and Grandpa Nelson all ready to have her Monday/Wednesday and Friday's of each week.  Then one day Ethan brought something home from school about a preschool that his school has.  This preschool is a Peer/Mentor program for children with speech problems and other disabilities.  They were conducting interviews and would only be notifying parents if they were chosen.  Chris and I discussed this, she would be going to school Monday thru Thursday at the same time as Ethan.  It is free and she would be given the opportunity to be around kids with disabilities and learn not to be afraid or intimidated by them.  The downside points were that she wouldn't be going to the same school as Ethan, She wouldn't get to spend as much time with Grandma and Grandpa Nelson, they might go a bit slower due to the other students in the class and Kira would have to pick both kids up after school instead of just one.  

We went in for the interview on Friday morning.  They discussed with me the ideas of the program and the requirements of Katelee to be in the class.  There will be 12 kids with some sort of disability that can be  anywhere from a speech issue to a physical disability such as Cerebral-palsy or Downs Syndrome.  They would like the kids to speak up, tell the kids to give them a toy back if they took it from them and basically be an example in class.  While one teacher was discussing this with me the program the other one was trying to get Kate to interact with her.  Of course Kate was being her normal shy self, but she did do a puzzle with her.  I told them that Katelee does well at church but she was more on the shy side than the talkative side.  I was very upfront and honest with them about Kate's shyness.  I didn't want them to be sold on a kid that just wouldn't work with their class plans, it just wouldn't be fair to them.  They asked if Kate could follow directions and I said yes.  They told us that all of the eligible kids' names would be placed in a hat and the principal would draw them out.  Only two kids per class would be accepted.  They asked Katelee to push in her chair and she did as we left.  I went to work and spoke with Chris about it.  I just wasn't sure if they would want Katelee.  I wasn't too stressed because I saw that they had like 20 interviews and they were only going to accept 2 per class, I figured the odds were well against us and I was fine with that.  

During lunch I missed a call from the school saying that she was accepted and could start on Monday if we got all of her paperwork completed.  This sent me into panic mode...  I wasn't expecting her to get chosen, I figured since she didn't even talk that they wouldn't really want her.  I then started second guessing all of the positive reason I felt this program would be beneficial for Kate.  I finally got a hold of Chris and we discussed it.  We both felt OK about it and decided to do it.  I wanted to get Kacy's professional opinion about these kinds of programs.  She was very nice and said that if it wasn't working out for us that we could always just bring her back to her class.  That helped me feel better.  I got off the phone with her and said a pray, asking for a feeling a peace if this was an OK decision for us to make.  As I called the school to tell them we would accept I felt calm and good about the decision.  

We weren't able to get all of Katelee's stuff together in time for her to start on Monday (her birthday) which was fine with me, so she started on Tuesday, September 11, 2012!  
She was so excited to go to school, especially the same school as Ethan.  I was afraid that she would be too shy and cry when it was time for me to leave.  I talked with the teacher before hand about what I was to do if she started crying when I left.  I was already to simply walk away as she was crying....  We waited for her class to arrive (they come on a bus) and for her teacher to get there.  Once I saw her teacher, Mrs. Adams, I leaned down and told her it was time for me to go.  She said OK, kissed me and let go of my hand.  I started to walk away and she was completely OK with it.  I turned only once to make sure she was good and she was.  I turned back around and started crying.  I was so happy she was OK with me leaving but I was so sad as well.  My little girl was grown up and ready to face the big world of school without me.  Did I want her to cry when I left?  I don't think so, but I cried when she didn't.  I looked like a crazy mom as I cried walking across the crosswalk.  I got in the car and started bawling like a baby, I mean the kind where you have to breath deeper to keep up with the craziness...  I called my sister and was talking to her and even cried then too.  So silly, but such a huge thing for Kate...  I was so proud of her!

I wasn't able to pick her up on her first day but Kira was there to do it.  They actually drop Kate off in Ethan's class at the end of the day so they can be picked up together!  She loved school and hasn't cried about me leaving once.  Last Thursday we were eating breakfast and she looked at me and said, "I don't wanna go to school EVERY DAY of the week!"  I laughed and said well you don't have to go Friday!  She looked at me and said, "oh, OK!"  That has been the only time she has said anything negative about school.  Even that night she said, "Mommy, I do want to go to school tomorrow."  We talked about how no one would be there to play with her and that she needed a day off, so she was OK with it.  

Her teacher told Chris that she is shy, but that she is starting to play with the kids and talking a little more.  She will warm up real soon I'm sure and it will be a great experience for her!  I can't believe how big my little lady is getting.  I love her to pieces and know she will do great in preschool.  

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Ashlee's Sleeping Habits

The other night while checking up on the kids before we went to bed we found Ashlee like this.  I don't know how she was asleep but she was.  If you can get a wedgie from a crib and with a diaper on this girl accomplished it!!!  We moved her legs out and she went right back to sleep!!!  This has not been the only time that she has gotten stuck, we usually have to get her unstuck a few times a week....  Silly girl!

Kate's Hair

This girl and her hair....  Sometimes it cracks me up!!!  The other day for church I put her hair up in buns.  She demanded to sleep in them and then the next day when we combed out her hair this is what it looked like.  The curly hair just gets frizzy when you brush it.  She loves it though and that makes me smile!!! Poof!!  

Ethan's First Day of Kindergarten

Monday August 27, 2012
It seems like we have been waiting for this day to come for sometime and now that it is here we aren't quite ready for it.  Ethan attended a small preschool in Henderson run by someone we knew from our ward.  Ms. Kacy did a great job at getting Ethan ready for school.  As the date got closer we talked about school and what he could expect.  On August first both my mother and I mentioned to Ethan that he started school this month.  He wasn't at all excited and told us that he was nervous.  Chris and I decided that we needed to make going to school seem like fun and exciting.  We decided we could do this by taking him out by himself school shopping.  We started with lunch and then went to get supplies.  After that Ethan seemed to be more excited about going to school.  Which made me a little less nervous as well.  
I recently started a new job, but I requested the first day of school off so I could be the one to drop him off and pick him up on the first day.  I didn't have any time off saved up but this job is a lot nicer than my last and they let me cheat a little.  We all got up early and got ready for school.  It was quite stressful for me trying to get myself ready and all the other kids too....  But we finally made it out after we snapped a quick picture outside our house.
 All of us including Dad hoped in the car and headed over to the chaotic school.  I have never really considered how crazy dropping Ethan off was going to be.  It is quite annoying.  I was already a little nervous and stressed so the traffic and chaos added to it.
 I read somewhere that school starts at 8, and they take the kids inside at 7:45, well we got there right at 7:45 and the kids were already in the room.  The other Kindergarten teacher was outside and told us we could just knock on the door.  So we knocked on the door and I snapped a quick picture....
 The door opened up and in he went with no look back.  I was proud, so proud of my guy for not being scared at all.  As I walked back to the rest of the clan I felt fine and then Katelee asked where we were going now.  I got a little chocked up and paused before I responded.  I finally answer her and Chris said, "Are you crying?"  I just laughed and explained that I was a little upset that his first day of school he didn't even get to play or get a picture with his teacher...  It just seemed so typical of me as a mother. 

Us girls went over to our friends house and hung out until it was time to pick Ethan up.  Our friend, Kira, will be picking Ethan up from school each day and taking him over to Grandma's house or keeping him until we pick him up.  So we all went over there so Ethan could know that Kira knew where to get him and she knew where to get him.  As we waited in line to get Ethan I could see him sitting right by the door.  He looked so big all ready to go.  I waived at him and he waived back.  I probably could have cried just seeing him looking so old and cute, but I didn't!
 We got a picture of him by the school sign but he was not really excited about it so I made it quick...
All in all Ethan's first day of school was good.  He had fun, I didn't have a break down and we started a new chapter in our life.  So far the dropping off has gotten better, we are getting into a grove of dropping Ethan off and making it to work on time.  We see a lot of our friends during drop off and that has been fun.  Ethan hates homework already but whatever, hopefully he will eventually get over that....

We have really been so blessed to have such great friends and family in our life.  So many people have volunteered to help us out, help drop off and pick up when we need the help and everything else.  This whole having a child in school thing has been so stressful for me.  Trying to figure out how to get Ethan from school and other things, but so many people have been so great.  We are so blessed.

I can't believe that I have a child in Kindergarten...  It might sound weird but dropping my son off every morning kind of makes me feel like a better mother, like I'm actually doing something that other mothers do...  It kinda really fun, crazy traffic and parents and all...  Congrats Buddy!