I realized yesterday that I goofed and scheduled Alyssa’s appointment with the pediatrician at the same time that we normally go to playgroup. It wound up being a blessing in disguise. As I headed out for the morning I phoned the school to see about getting Alyssa’s supplies set up with the school nurse. Holy wow. She was so kind. I wasn’t expecting mean, but just… well not that sweet. We talked for a bit and I gave her a brief overview of what she what Alyssa was going to need. I’ll be meeting her Tuesday (AKA first day of school!!!) morning prior to bringing Alyssa to class. Next up was the pediatrician’s office and that is almost always a visit that leaves my heart just a bit more full. Alyssa’s doctors have all been such huge blessings in our lives. It amazes me that after wrapping up a third year we still see the same doctors we did from the time she left the NICU. Some of them actually saw her in the NICU. I love that the staff at her pediatrician’s office knows my daughter. I love that without saying a word she is greeted with a huge “Hello miss Alyssa! How are you?!” You hear so many horror stories about uncaring doctors and yet somehow we have been wrapped in a blanket of truly caring people who also happen to carry medical degrees.
At any rate it was a great appointment. My 25 pound daughter is… 35 inches tall. 35 inches?! That is totally only one ONE! away from three feet! Two more inches and she will be twice the length she was when I first held her. I cannot even believe it! What a thriving little lady. The pediatrician and I had a good talk. I love the fact that she is sassy, smart, and HONEST. I love her tell it like it is attitude. I had brought in a paper to get the handicap parking passes on the car. There are multiple options and the last one says “permanent condition.” She turned to me and said “What do YOU want me to check?” … I paused for a second “Permanent.” I know it is very very possible it isn’t permanent, but really? Do I want to deal with the DMV annually? LOL! She said she wasn’t sure and didn’t want to upset me. Today? There was no upsetting me. However, I did tell her I appreciated it because I knew the me that I was two weeks ago would have lost it crying in that little office. Today? I am at peace with the journey we are walking… and driving… and not having to fight for parking at an elementary school LOL!
After we left the pediatrician we headed to the school to get Alyssa registered and ready to start. The receptionist said it was lunchtime but she wanted to call over to see if the teacher wanted to come meet us. I told her not to interrupt and we would meet her Tuesday but she called over anyways… thank goodness! Alyssa’s teacher? Salt of the Earth. GOOD people. You know the people you meet and when they walk into the room and you can feel the positive energy radiating off of them? Yeah. That! She got down to greet Alyssa and touched her kindly. Alyssa grinned at her and so it began… her first teacher student relationship! Her teacher walked us back to the room (pushing Alyssa’s chair I might add) and we actually met a few other teachers as well as the aides and the speech therapist. They were all eating lunch but were still game for the rattling off of info.
It was nice. Lunch ended. Everyone left except for the two teachers and we chatted for quite a while. Alyssa has the most “going on” in the class. I was quite relieved that they were *excited* I wanted to come next week. I was concerned they’d think I was “that mom” who wasn’t ready to send my kid off to school (not that that’s a bad mom…just not the reason LOL!). Instead they were quite pleased. I figure the three day week next week will give us time to get all the questions out of the way. Make sure everyone is cozy and then be on our way. As I left her teacher and I shook hands and then she said something to the effect of “I’m going to hug you” and she did. I already adore her. What a huge huge gift it is to have someone who is EXCITED about your daughter being a part of their life from day one. So, Tuesday is the first big day and then the following Monday she’ll ride the bus for the first time! I can’t wait to see all the other kids in class. I know Alyssa is going to have a blast and now I’m pretty confident I will as well 😉 .
The day wrapped up with a trip to the DMV, a nap/relaxing time, and family dinner & movie. Nothing too eventful but after the events of the morning and afternoon… I think we all needed a break. Alyssa just finally decided to end the day. I love the fact that she is happy until the moment she gets put in bed. Ha! She’s not a cranky from being sleepy sort of kid. Really never has been. I wish I could say the same for myself. HA! However, I will say that at the end of the day her sweet little feet poking out of her jammies? Still make me smile 🙂 Especially when they are poking out of jammies that a sweet friend of mine lovingly made for her own child and then passed on to Alyssa.
With that we wrapped up a busy day! I’m grateful for all we accomplished… and ready to head to bed! Nite nite…sleep tight 🙂