Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Update, update, update.

So very slack.

I haven't been in here for ages, I've been so preoccupied with so much stuff.

Isla is doing really well. Just this last week she seems to have grown up so much - it's insane.

2 weeks ago we had "Big School" Orientation and she loved it. It was such a huge step for the both of us. It was a really emotional experience, more so for me than for Isla.

As we were walking in to the hall, she started crying and told me she was scared and wanted to go home. She clung to me like never before as we sat in the hall waiting for her and the other children to go off to the Kindergarten classes to play while we learnt the school rules.

I sat there wondering whether I was doing the right thing for her. Maybe I should home school her? Maybe she should wait another year? All the other kids were SO much bigger than her and more confident.

Then one of her pre-school classmates came up to her and told her she was coming to the school too. Isla was over the moon. Everything changed. She gladly walked off into a sea of kindy kids, confidence beaming from her. She was so excited.

We sat and listened to policies for what seemed to be an eternity before we could her chatter from the canteen behind us.

There they all were, our little almost "big schoolers", enjoying recess at big school.

She spotted me and came running up to me, telling me how much she loves big school and can't wait to go back. She told me they did colouring, and read a story and she made a new friend.

It turned out to be wonderful.

We put a calendar up on the fridge for Isla to mark off each morning when she wakes p, counting down to the next orientation at big school, which is this week. She is thrilled.

I received a call from the Botox Dr, Dr L today, Isla's botox was scheduled for December 21st, but she's been brought forward to the 30th of this month. Dr L seemed to think it would all be a bit to much leading up to Xmas, and I am very grateful to him for that. It may also mean that Isla will not be in plaster for the first few weeks of big school.

What a relief.

What else has been happening?

We're applying for funding for Isla to have an aide at school with her, mainly for recess and lunch times and for sports days. She'll need help navigating around the playground, and stand-by assistance going to the bathroom. Hopefully we'll be successful.

Isla refuses to have photo's taken, so unfortunately I have none to upload of her!


Dianne said...

Great to read an Isla update! And I am thrilled she's feeling so good about school! It must have been such a relief for you that moment her little friend appeared. Isn't it amazing what difference in confidence just that one little show of support can make? Gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Orientation sounded very +

I really hope she gets the funding, let us know how it goes.

Good luck with Botox on the 30th, will be thinking of you both.

Taylor said...

So pleased she loved it - seems like the last six months hvae flown by and big school is now becoming a reality! Best of luck with the funding application, would love to hear how you get on.