I am so thrilled. G's first week of Kindergarten really couldn't have gone better. We have received great reports every day. When they have had concerns--all of them relatively minor--they addressed them, asked for input when needed, and took care of whatever it was immediately. Georgia has asked for the aide from her old school every day--yesterday multiple times at 5 o'clock in the morning she asked "Where's W-?" and ultimately only went back to sleep after saying, "Want W-!"--but she has happily gone into school every morning. Every day she seems happy and enthusiastically says, “Yes!” when I ask if she had a good day. She asks for her four classmates by name and when I met one of the other mothers today at pick up she told me that her son has been "talking non-stop about his new friend, Georgia!"
Today---are you sitting down??--G stayed dry ALL day. An entire school day!! She only peed when she was on the potty and even told the aide when she had to poop. THIS IS HUUUUGE, PEOPLE!!!!
I've been told she is answering questions and using the Prometheum board and writing on her white board (practicing x's and o's). They already recognize that reading is a strength of hers. She has gone to the cafeteria to eat her lunch everyday--and I was REALLY WORRIED about this!!! She's also gone to gym, music, and art class with no issues!
She has really made me proud this week. I am so stinking happy. And happy for her.
I was telling A that the reports from her old school read like a body count (number of people hit, kicked, etc). G was just not doing well there. I will admit I still feel sad about this "ideal" that I had in mind, and worry about what this might mean for her as she ages, but I'll tell you what...this is the first time in a LONG time--perhaps ever--that I have felt truly good about where she is because of what SHE is telling US.
It feels great.
The other great news is that after keeping my little man awake last night until midnight (he's used to going to bed at 7:30, so I’ll let you imagine how loopy he was by midnight) by making muffins and playing cards and watching funny home videos, and then only letting him sleep for five hours--when A woke him up at 5am, R said "I'm just going to sleep a little more, Dad," but when Alex suggested going to play in the playroom he jumped right out of bed--we took R in to have his EEG because he had what appears to have been a seizure a couple weeks ago. R did GREAT during the EEG even though he was pretty nervous about it and he even seemed to have fun. He also fell asleep essentially on command (he WAS tired) which some kids have trouble with, so we were able to get a good reading. The neurologist called later in the afternoon to tell us his EEG looks normal! What a relief!
He did caution that in 40% of cases EEGs do initially look normal even if there is some issue and that if there is going to be another seizure "event" it is likely to occur within the 6 month period after the first one (in which case we would repeat EEG). He wants to continue following R for the time-being, but it may have just been a one-time thing. So, for now, life as usual!
Precisely what we wanted to hear! Life as usual!
Tonight, we had mango gelato (G's choice) to celebrate.
We've been handed a platter lately, I'll tell you, but there have also been some tasty treats. As hard as it is sometimes, it is conversely beautiful and fulfilling at others.