It is exactly ONE MONTH until school starts back up for my kids.
I’m not gonna lie. While I LOVE LOVE LOVE spending time with my girls… I welcome the arrival of the school bus. By the end of summer, everyone is usually a bit cranky, very bored, and ready for some built in distraction. I hear other mothers getting so sad about having their kids go back to school… and I feel a wee bit of guilt. Does being gleeful about school make me a bad mom??? I hope not!
While we’ve had lots of fun this summer, but between all the crazy schedules and Mommy working some each week, there has been way too much sit-in-front-of-the-TV-or-video-game going on. I take full blame for this.
2 of my 3 are SO EXCITED about school starting. The other is not quite so fond of school, so is pouting about the matter. She had a rough year last year… 3rd grade is a HARD year… so I’m hoping that 4th grade she’ll hit the ground running and do GREAT!
TODAY though… I get an interesting new experience.
I get to go to SCHOOL for ANNABELLE!
Today is her IEP meeting… the plan (at the moment, subject to change) is for her to begin school this fall in the Early Childhood program. It is a special program for children with various special needs who are severely behind in many areas. They have a 50% peer group, meaning 50% of the kids do not have special education needs so they can be a good influence and role model on those that do. This mommy LOVES that, because I’ve been wanting Annabelle to spend more time with kids here age for a while!
And, yes, a little part of me is EXCITED about that too. I think it will be a fantastic experience for my little girl, and I’m really hoping that it will help her “catch” up a wee bit!
It’s funny. I always figured with my “last” baby, that I’d get super weepy with every milestone they met… because we all know how FAST time flies.
But with Annabelle, my viewpoint is different. That first year, we all silently wondered if she’d ever get a chance to meet those milestones. So when each one comes, instead of it being bittersweet, it is a massive celebration.
Sometimes it’s little things. Like when she learned to turn on and off light switches. Our house may catch on fire because she enjoys flipping them on and off and on and off and on and off in rapid succession… but it makes me smile. And it is SO hard to tell her no!!
Or her first trip to the movie theater with the church on Sunday to watch Monsters U. Instead of watching the movie, she spent the WHOLE time walking up and down the stairs… beating movie watchers in the head…. eating popcorn off the floor… and getting her foot stuck between the stairs and the seat and screaming bloody-murder. It was grand fun! HA! She also MET A PT GOAL there though. All her going up and down stairs? She got to where she would go UP them with NO RAILING! This is a HUGE step that she has never done, her legs just haven’t been strong enough. I about cried right there in the theater!
And sometimes it’s big things, like, her 3rd birthday coming up in a few weeks. OH MY GOSH, my baby is going to be THREE.
So yes, we celebrate Annabelle’s milestones. There probably won’t be a tearful momma on that first day of school. I will be grinning ear to ear, so proud of my baby, of my fighter.
What about other mommas? Do you all celebrate your kids milestones, or are they a bit tearful? And am I the only crazy Momma ready for school to start back up?????