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A blog about our busy family with two amazing kids, one of whom happens to have Down syndrome!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Contentment

Time is flying by. I can't even believe it's the middle of September already. The kids are both really enjoying school and making friends. Today Lauren didn't even cry when I dropped her off! They said she stops crying as soon as I'm out of sight but it makes me feel a million times better to leave her in a happy mood.

Since school started September 2nd she's said grandma, spoon, fishy and red (while correctly identifying the color!).

Ryan is flourishing as well. He does great with the classroom routine. He's been such a sweet heart. The parapro on the kids' bus just loves him and has told me twice how sweet he is and how lucky we are. All awesome things to hear!

My twin sister is due any minute with her second. We were over there today and Ryan noticed some baby items and asked what they were for. My sister told him they were for the new baby. Ryan turned and told his cousin, "These are for our brother!". Melt my heart! How on earth did I get so lucky to get these kids?!

Greg and I started a bible study with a few other couples. Our Young Marrieds class at church has kicked off. We're both working/school full time.

Life is going well over here. It's busy. It's wild. But it's so much fun.

I am content.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Preschool Progress

Lauren's been in preschool for 2 weeks now. Today is the end of her second week.

So far, so good! She really seems to love it. She cries at drop-off, which surprises me. She's never cried when we leave her at church! Her teachers assure me that as soon as I leave she stops crying and waits with her friends on the bus bench.

Two of her teachers have children with special needs! This makes me so happy to know, I feel great knowing that her teachers are also parents who "get it". One of these teachers is Lauren's clear favorite, she's the one Lauren will go to when I drop her off.

This morning they told me that yesterday she was "the most verbal we've seen her yet"!!! She really has been talking more just in the last couple of weeks. Yesterday she said spoon and grandma. This morning she said baby. What a smart girl!!

Today was Ryan's first day riding the bus. Yesterday was the first day, but parents stayed. He just got home and said he loved the bus!! He told me he'll tell me about school "later" because he has to "work" right now. This means he's way too busy playing with all of his trains!

Man, I missed them!! It was a nice morning to myself and I got a lot done, but I missed them more than I thought I would.

Last year vs this year. My, how he's grown!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Preschool

Lauren started preschool today!! Isn't that insane?

She's going Monday-Thursday from 9-12. She'll take the school bus home.

Today was mostly a meet and greet, we met her teachers. There are a TON of teachers for her classroom. 2 teachers and 2 para's plus PT, OT and ST teachers. PT/OT/ST will be push-ins throughout the day.

She's the only kiddo with Down syndrome in her class. She's actually the only kid in her class with a visible disability. The classroom is mostly SLI kids (speech language impaired). She's also the youngest (I think) and definitely the smallest. They were passing out the bus harnesses and seemed kind of panicked when they got to Lo. Luckily I jumped in to reassure them that she's getting her wheelchair next week for bus rides! She'll be in a car seat until then. She's much too small for the harness.

She really seemed to enjoy it! It was only an hour long today and parents stayed the whole time. She played with the toys, sat at the chairs and true to form, licked a couple of the tables. The teachers seem really awesome.

I'm sad to actually leave her there tomorrow and trust strangers to get her home. But I'm so, so excited for her at the same time. Preschool was one of my biggest worries when we got her diagnosis. I'm so glad she gets to have this experience!!

Don't worry, I took pictures!

Walking into school! WALKING!!!

Sitting at the table playing.

Playing with a classmate.

Loving preschool.

Bye, mom!
 
My heart is glad.