Friday, January 25, 2013

Enjoying January in Good Health

Gracie has had a really good January healthwise.  Other than silly allergies making her eyes red and itchy, she's been a happy and healthy kid.  I knock on wood every time I say this, just hoping I don't jinx it. 

Gracie's verbal skills are exploding again.  Most thoughts are in sentences now...3 or 4 word sentences.  The notes we've been getting from daycare at the end of each day usually have something like "Another fabulous day!" on them.  Gracie really seems to enjoy daycare and the kids in her class are really good with her.  Gracie has been joining in on peer play too.  She's been playing with baby dolls with a few of the other girls.  The other day the kids were playing dinosaur and she chimed in "Gracie dinosaur too!"  She went stomping off with the dinosaur kids!  That night in the tub she informed me "Gabe was a T-Rex!"  That cracked me up, I didn't even know that "T-Rex" was on her radar. 

We had a home visit with Gracie's teacher from school.  Gracie gets very distracted at school from all the other activity, so it's difficult to get her to independently do things such as taking off her mittens and hat at locker time, etc.  Her teacher enjoyed seeing her at home as Gracie was talking a fair amount and they don't see that side of her at school.  She is very quiet there.  She is also quite the helper there.   Some of her classmates are wheelchair bound, so Gracie assists with pushing their chairs at times.

I signed Gracie up for kindergarten last week.  I'm having a hard time with that milestone.  We aren't quite sure where Gracie will go to kindergarten.  She is currently in the midst of an assessment being done by her current teacher and the school psychologist, both of whom I feel have her best interests at heart.  We'll get the results of the evaluation at the end of February and will more than likely know the plan at that time.  I am really hoping she gets to stay at the school she is currently going to, I really feel she needs the extra help and attention and that is the school that can give it to her.  Our home school seems like a good school too, but I just don't think the program there is specialized enough to meet Gracie's extra needs.  I'll wait patiently.

Gracie is a great helper, I'm finding that if I can have Gracie help with things at home, getting food out of the refrigerator, putting things away or getting things for me, she glows with pride.  Last night I was bringing the garbage receptacle up to the house and she grabbed the recycle one and was pulling that up with a smile on her face from ear to ear. 

We are not enjoying the January cold weather.  It's putting a crimp in our outdoor time.  We're hoping it warms up a bit soon.

Have a great weekend.

Lisa, Jeff, and Gracie the helper

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