- SATURDAY: Gracie had a play date with her friend Kai. Gracie was quite enamored with Kai's baby brother and wasn't quite as interactive with Kai as I had hoped for. I think Gracie likes to watch Kai play, but doesn't always interact very well. Gracie was super excited to see Kai's mom and she really loves to see Kai come over and says her name before and after the visit. Once outdoors the girls had fun playing hide-and-seek with a little adult intervention by Kai's mom. You could tell they were both having a blast with that. I stayed on the sidelines and bonded with baby brother! :)
Gracie and I did a quick Target run in the afternoon and then in the evening, Gracie's cousin Lizzie came over with her mom and little sister who is also named Grace. The other Grace is almost five and the two Grace's have not met before. Gracie was mondo excited to see Lizzie and wasn't very shy at all. The two Grace's played quite well together and were just silly at times. I even saw our Gracie interact and play princesses with Grace for a short time. This is a big step for Gracie as she usually wants to hang back and just watch. They also both loved to sing songs together.
- SUNDAY: We took Gracie along to church with us on Sunday with the idea that she would go to Sunday school, but she outright refused to stay and because it was teachers she didn't know, I just didn't push the issue. So she came to church service with us and did pretty good for most of it. Jeff did take her out during the sermon/message portion. The rest of Sunday was spent just hanging around the house getting stuff done (laundry, etc.) so Gracie just played and we spent most of the late afternoon and evening outside. It was a gorgeous day after the rain stopped and Gracie was energized by the cooler temps. She walked and ran and walked and ran. We usually do a mile trek most nights with her in the stroller. She wanted out and walked a good majority of it herself. She slept really well Sunday night. So well that when Monday morning came around, I had a horrible time trying to wake her up. She would not open her eyes.
- MONDAY: We met Gracie's teacher in the afternoon and went over her special needs and emergency plans. We'll meet with the school nurse on Wednesday to go over all of her emergency plans (seizure plan, allergy emergency plan - as well as prevention, overheating prevention, and other medical plans). While I talked with the teacher, Jeff and Gracie went to greet everyone in the school and I'm told EVERYONE there knew Gracie. We got to talk with her speech therapist -- who I absolutely love. I'm anxious for her to hear all of Gracie's knew words that she learned over the summer. Just about everyone commented on how much Gracie has grown since May.
Since Gracie didn't take a nap at daycare (she tried, but sleep wouldn't come) she was quite tired by the time we got home. So I put her down for a nap, but limited it to an hour or I knew she would not sleep last night. She wasn't ready to get up after an hour, but we sort of insisted. We ate supper and then headed outdoors to play until dark and beyond.
- TUESDAY: The biggest news flash of the week. Just as we were about to leave for daycare, Gracie tells me she has to go potty. So I put her on the toilet and she went potty and poop!!!! YAY!!!! We celebrated big time!!!!
Lisa, Jeff, and Gracie