Well I probably should entitle this post… I am sitting here writing when in fact I should be sleeping! It’s midnight and I am yawning but realized that it’s been a very long time since I’ve posted anything. So much for my theory that I’d have more time to write this year!!
I’ve just been so unbelievably busy. Between keeping up with two little girls, appointments, and beadwork orders every day is just full. The girls are growing and learning at an amazing rate. The language skills they are both developing…WOW!! Cece speaks in sentences now. She has a sense of humor, interacts with her peers and others. She is staying on task longer, following direction and asserting herself and her independence!
Glenna is just astounding me. It seems like she learns/does something new every single day. Today we took Cece to her speech and occupational therapy appointments. When Cece went in for her appointment Glenna turns to me and said “Come on Mom, go have breakfast please?” I wasn’t understanding the word breakfast and had to have her repeat the sentence a couple of times but finally got it when she added ” Go see L**, please?” L** is the waitress at this little family restaurant that Glenna and I were going to weekly last year before winter for mother/daughter special treat time while Cece was in therapy. Then tonight she walked down the stairs…WALKED!! She didn’t crawl down backwards feet first oh nooo she walked down upright facing forward with me trying not to panic behind her.
I look back and reflect over this past year, a year that has had many battles, many victories and so much change. Remember we moved here to Kenai on Feb. 10, 2011. We’ve been here a year now. So much hard work. So much….so much…. A year ago we didn’t have a home, a school, therapies, special doctors, care coordinators, respite workers, etc, etc, etc. We flew into Kenai with 4 duffle bags and a stroller. Two little girls and I all by ourselves, determined to make a new life.
We now have our own home. Cece is receiving tons of services if you count her special ed preschool days, therapies, respite, and dayhab Cece has 60+ activities/appointments a month! In King Salmon she had eight and back on the Yukon I am guessing that she’d have even less than that.
Cece has worked so hard and grown so much that after her last parent teacher conference with her SPED preschool teacher I came home and balled. I cried off and on for the rest of the day. Do you know why I cried? I went into that meeting/conference fully expecting to hear that Cece would be in the SPED preschool next year. There was no doubt in my mind! But unbelievably her teacher is recommending that she attend KINDERGARTEN next year!! YES you read it correctly….Cecelia is being recommended to attend KINDERGARTEN next school year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s a structured smaller kindergarten class with only about a dozen students but it’s at the regular elementary school and she will attend some class time in a regular/larger kindergarten class too!!
Cecelia, according to her SPED teacher, has outgrown the preschool and needs to move on because if she were to attend again next year she wouldn’t be challenged because she would be too far AHEAD, yes AHEAD, of her peers skill levels. ESPECIALLY communication!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Cece would be AHEAD!!!! Yeah it still brings tears to my eyes!!! A year ago who would’ve thought we’d be here now? Who would’ve thought that Cece would be getting ready to transition to Kindergarten??? Cecelia is my amazing girl!! I am soooo proud of her!!
Glenna unfortunately will not be attending HeadStart next year 😦 her birthday fallS after the dead line/cut off. But I am going to home preschool her because at the rate that she’s growing and learning right now I bet with a little bit of help and teaching at home that she can be starting to read by the end of this year!! Yep that’s right! Not only have I been working with Cece on her skills and such and Glenna has been absorbing them like a sponge but also I am going to start pushing Glenna some too!! 😀 Glenna is already so far ahead with her speech!! Cecelia’s SLP said that 2 year olds should be speaking in 3-4 word sentences with a vocabulary bigger than you can count. Then she laughed b/c she says that Glenna is WAYYY ahead for her age. Glenna is speaking in 5-9 word sentences now. Although it does make me sad that she has stopped using most of her sign language, but who needs sign language when you can talk a million miles a minute? LOL
Life is good. Our life is so good right now. It’s surreal, it truly is! After all the hardships, heartaches, and pain we’ve survived this past couple of years I can’t help but worry that something is going to happen b/c everything is just so wonderfully good right now! But I am not going to jinx myself darnit!!! We will just keep moving onward and upward!! Is it a crime to be this happy??
Signing off for now. Hope to find more time to write in the future but I have two little girls to keep up with and so much beadwork to make I don’t know that I’ll find time. Plus (knock on wood) Spring is coming and hopefully we’ll be able to get out and about more!!! I can’t wait to be able to go on our long walks again and not worry about snow, ice and cold!! Be well everyone!! I hope y’all are having as wonderful a 2012 thus far as we are!!!