Monday, August 25, 2008

Lizzie's First Day of Kindergarten

I got great reports all around for Lizzie today. After not wanting to get dressed, she turned her day around and got really excited! She kept yelling, "Hi Crossing Guard!" at the crossing guard and was thrilled to see that all her "friends" decided to come to school with her today. Cristina, Lizzie's home consultant, went in for an hour and couldn't believe how great Lizzie was doing. It really helped that her teacher was the same as last year. Lizzie followed directions well and transitioned well. Your prayers were definitely felt today! It seems that a little girl in her class has taken to her and called her "the pretty girl". I knew there was a reason I dressed her so cute! Whatever it takes, right? I think they had a few little issues, but for the most part, she did way better than expected.

Lizzie was upset when she saw me when I picked her up and cried in her bed for about 15 minutes when she got home. After she got it out of her system, she set up all her dollhouses and played kindergarten. She even had the mommy dog say goodbye to the little dog and then at school sang the calendar song (although somehow Saturday comes after Tuesday in this song....hmmm) and went to gym. I was so excited when I asked her if she went to the library, and she said, "No. I went to gym!" We have been working on recalling past events for so long without tons of success. I usually have to pry info out of her and give her two options to choose from. I couldn't believe that she answered so readily and with accurate info too! She had so much energy that she wanted to go swimming, so we packed up and headed to the pool. Tonight she had trouble going to sleep because she was so excited to go back to kindergarten. I am thrilled that all went well. I know we have a long road until she really does good in kindergarten, but this is the greatest start!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Lizzie Update

Okay, I just had to brag a little more about how great Lizzie is doing since today is the end of a huge chapter in our lives. Lizzie's early intervention is over, and tomorrow she starts kindergarten. Although I am fighting back the tears for so many reasons, I know that she is as ready as she could possibly be. There are so many great things she has done even just this weekend that I don't even know where to begin!

We have learned that Lizzie is a seasonal kid. She seems to go into a funk in the winter and spring and thrives in the summer and fall with smaller fluctuations all year long. Right now she is more aware of the world around her than ever, and even more important than that, she is excited to be a part of it! I have loved these last few weeks of watching her play with her brothers and initiate interaction with all of us. Even Grandma and Grandpa are getting big hugs these days. I don't ever want it to end!

We have been working on writing this summer and yesterday out of the blue, she came to me and handed me a paper with the words "Joe" written on it in beautiful handwriting! I knew where this came from since she had just watched Blues Clues, and I figured that they must have spelled it on the show. Then, one after the other she started writing words and bringing them to me. I could hear her in the other room sounding them out, and I was so proud of her! The list included cat, stop, tom and sory (jerry), Noah, Joe (again!), Lizzie, jump, jet, sun, pig, big, joe (again!), stop (again!), Dad, and Mom. I could hardly believe it!

We also went to cousin Sam's b-day party at Pump-It-Up yesterday. I usually get there late because she throws a fit that she can't run right in and play. But, we got there and they were STILL watching the instructional video (seriously, do they think anyone is really listening to it?!!!). Instead of throwing her normal fit, she walks right over and sits down with the kids and watches the video. Then she lines up with the kids, gets her stamp with the kids and waits patiently (but not without complaining) to go in. Once in, she did great. She asked me to slide with her, tried new things, and even asked permission to get a drink from the water fountain instead of doing without telling me. Next they had a structured game. Usually a disaster, but this time she recognized (without prompting!) that they are putting something together, goes over to the group, walks to the front to get her number as they are numbering off and has total desire to participate! With a little help, she did play the game and actually seemed to enjoy it.

After a very rough start to the summer, Lizzie is now doing the best she has ever done. I am so proud of how hard she works each day. I am beyond grateful for each person that has invested in her life and the lives of our family. Please pray that Lizzie will be able to handle the new environment, many transitions, and long day tomorrow. Our ultimate goal is for her to have the ability to have meaningful relationships and be successful in a typical school environment. I will post another update on how things go later this week.

I hope you enjoy the pic of Lizzie in my wedding dress. This was the only princess dress that would fit mommy when we were playing princesses! :) She was so excited to see me in it and said, "Mommy! You get married!" Of course, I had to take her in the other room and show her Prince Greg. I am thankful that Lizzie's future is looking more and more like "happily ever after".