A sassy, crafty mama bird from Los Angeles
raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

First Day of School

"Back to school
gonna take that plunge"
-Alice Cooper
I can't believe this day is here. I've been anxiously awaiting it. Looking forward to it and dreading it all at the same time. Today is the first day of school for Little Bird. New school. New teachers. New kids. Of course, she's been in some kind of school since she was 8 months old, but this one is different. This one is filled with - gulp - normies. Yep, all typical kids. Little Bird has always been in preschool and Early On with kids with special needs. This is a BIG change. There's a lot running through my brain today: Will she like it? Will they accept her? Will she be able to make it? Will she bring her A game? Will she freak out? Will I? Will she be able to keep up? Will she be verbal? Will the other parents be cool about having Little Bird in the class? Will they be welcoming? Will they make their kids play with my bird (I always feel like if left up to them, the kids won't choose to play with her- so sad, I know)? Halfway through the school year last year, I just knew that it wasn't working out for Little Bird. She was getting great services (therapies) outside of school, but was she was missing was good examples of social interaction. She couldn't get that from the other kids in special needs preschool. She needs to be around "typical" kids to pick up on their behaviors, interactions, mannerisms. Not sure if she CAN pick up on those things from them, but I'm kinda hoping (ok, praying) so. Little Bird will have a "shadow" who will help her through the school day and through the whole process of school, so I'm not throwing her to the wolves, er other preschoolers, all alone. Are your ready to see the cutest "first day of school" photo EVER??
Stunning, I know. Here she is looking cute walking down the stairs to her new classroom...
And then, she realized I was leaving and she had to stay with all these kids....
The good news is that these tears didn't last long. In fact, within about 3 minutes, she was fine and walked right into her classroom. As I was walking out, the school's director told me that I could watch Little Bird on a monitor and I said, "no, thanks. I have to go have diarrhea." I left there with a little lump in my throat. I didn't go have diarrhea, but I did start feeling a bit anxious. So, I ate breakfast, ran a couple errands, and then I got this awesome text message from my friend E who works at Little Bird's new school: "just checked on her. She has a HUGE smile and is doing great!" Relief. Exhale. Sigh. I picked her up and she was all smiles. She'd had a good day. She likes it there. She'll be willing to go back! Which is a good thing, since I've already prepaid her tuition for the month.

1 comment:

The Bailey Family said...

I am so proud of you both! What a wonderful day for such deserving people!

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