Wednesday, November 23, 2011
With grammy's birthday and retirement party being the following day, it was too crazy to fit in a time to have the family over for cake so we decided to have everyone the following weekend. A breakfast birthday in December! It was like Christmas and Birthday all rolled into one. We put our Christmas tree up and then decorated the house with Dora! A little clashy but 'tis the season.
To top it all off, December 1st I started a new full time job at my kids' school. It was a blessing to be home with the girls for three years but it was definitely time for me to return to work and help ease our financial struggles. I miss the girls terribly but I love the classroom I am in and doing what I love in a school that I love! As an added bonus, I am able to see Samantha and Nicolas throughout the day and even attend school masses with them! Everyone is healthy. Life is good and amidst the chaos, my ducks are begining to return to their rows......for now anyway!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
What does this mean? We will have to give her daily injections of growth hormones for the next ten years! I can't help but think this angel has had more than her share of issues and suffered more than any almost three year old should ever have to. Dave and I have decided to monitor her height for another six months to be sure the deficiency will not resolve itself.
If anyone has gone down this road or is currently on it, feel free to leave your thoughts!
Sunday, October 23, 2011
No more pictures please paparazzi!
Gabriella wanted to be a witch so, of course, Mia did too!
Look at Nicolas and Samantha!
Mia tried really hard to get all the "guts" out of her pumpkin.
Is there more in there?
The final masterpieces!
Now that I have had some fun with pictures, let me attempt to summarize the last couple of months. I must confess this delayed post was partly intentional. Not surprisingly, I needed time to adjust to preschool. The transition was a little rough for Mia but even rougher for me! Each school morning began with, "I don't want to go to school!" followed by resistance in getting dressed. After winning the clothing battle, Mia would go very reluctantly to school. The combination of letting her go and the pout on her face as I left her at school pulled on my heartstrings in ways I can never describe! Knowing Gabriella was there with her helped relieve some of my anxiety. See, Gabriella LOVES school and can't wait to get her backpack on to go! She gloats with every project/accomplishment and even makes up projects for Mia when she is out of the room receiving services (no, she is not always that nice to her sister).
Friday, September 9, 2011
We love waiting with Nicolas and Samantha for their bus!
We love going to school together!
I will take care of my sister!
Look mom and dad, we are already hard at work! Aren't you proud of me?
So the pictures don't lie. All those smiles show two little girls having a great time in their new school. There were no tears from either of them. The teacher just said that Gabriella was a bit clingy. "Clingy" is Gabriella and we anticipated full melt downs so she is adjusting just fine. Me, however..........
I am having a VERY difficult time adjusting to letting Mia go. I don't know if it is just a culmination of the past three years or anxiety over letting her go. Even Dave said it's the fear that she has left her "bubble". Daystar is SO different than school. School is like the "real" world and that is scary to me. I know everyone says she is ready and I know she is BUT I just know things aren't going to be easy for her and I want to shelter her from it. I remind myself that she is tough, tougher than me, and I believe she was born with wings!
The other piece is those girls have been my "job" for the past three years. I gave up a career for them, in particular Mia who needed so much (of course, I would not have it any other way!) but now I have to face MY reality! What do I do now? I am still substituting part time but that is not my ideal situation. Am I ready to go back teaching full time? Find something new? Etc.
Like everything, this too shall pass and my life will find it's new "normal" again and Mia will soar. Until then, I will keep lots of kleenex by my side, skip the mascara and count my blessings. These are all good problems to have. LIFE IS GOOD!
Friday, August 19, 2011
Instead of writing about my preschool anxieties and how sad our goodbyes were, I am just going to post some awesome summer pictures! With Mia's new mobility this summer and decreased therapies, she was busy having so many "first" outings/visits!
Feeding ducks at Perinton Park
.....and posing for pictures with my brother and sisters.
A visit to the beach is never complete without ice cream....I like my first cone!
I tried to be brave at Seabreeze but only made it to the front seat of this cool car. I had to get out before my crazy sister "drove" it around the track
Definitely loved keeping cool in the pool!