After attending Jordan World Circus, thanks to the Starlight Children's Foundation, @ the Puyallup Fairgrounds...Summer LOVED the ponies, elephants, and especially the high flying acrobatic Ariel princesses (her favorite...she kept saying "printhess, ahh, ahh, ahh (like Ariel's singing) 3-12-2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Summer's BIG day!

Here we are...Aug. 31, 2011, first day of school!

Summer turned 3 on July 14! Wow! Time has flown by so fast. She has come so far! She has been enrolled in a birth to 3 program up until her birthday and now qualified to go to Preschool. She is getting so smart...communicates VERY well, and is getting more and more determined every day to push herself physically. She now loves to hold our fingers and "walk", using one foot at a time. This a HUGE "step" for her! :) Hillcrest is an early childhood learning center with classes that are integrated with 10 special needs kids and 5 typically developing kids. Summer goes to school in her new wheelchair (that looks like a stroller) and needs lots of help getting around. She is lucky enough to have her own personal aid all day :) So, this makes me feel better...knowing there is a "me" with her :) His name is Rob and we love him already! He is so great with Summer...she seemed to enjoy him too :)

Teacher Kathy putting Summer's name tag on while we waited for school to start....

Such a big girl! Yet, still so small....she loved the Summer size chairs and table :)

Summer with Rob.

The 2nd day of schoo (today), we put Summer on the bus....

She was okay until the driver started raising the ramp to put her on and said, "wave bye, bye, to mommy and daddy". Her face instantly crunched up and she started crying...I did too. I thought the first day would be harder, but sending my little girl on a bus while she was sad, was NOT my idea of a good time :( The driver was really nice...she let us get her a doll to take and said kids are usually fine once the bus gets going. I am picking her up today....we'll see how it went! We are so excited to have reached this milestone with her...she is doing BIG things :)


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  2. Hi, Mel. I hope you don't find this too intrusive. I found your blog while Googling "binky trainer", and it didn't take long to realize we have a lot in common. I felt a bit voyeuristic about it, but I read quite a few of your posts.

    Our Mo-Di twin girls were born at Swedish, in Seattle, at 32 weeks, with a big size discrepancy between them. Lucy survived almost 3 weeks in the NICU before succumbing to NEC. Elena came home after 70 NICU days and is about a year old now. For a variety of reasons (including some lung issues) she doesn't eat much; she just swapped the nose noodle (love that term) for a g-tube last weekend.

    You're dealing with a lot of things that we're not dealing with (as well as most of the things we are), and yet your blog shows just how beautiful and bubbly Summer can be. That's an admirable thing.

    My name is Damon. If you'd like to get in touch, my email is (my name) at gurple dot com. But please don't feel obligated -- I already feel like I'm being quite intrusive. All the best to you and your whole family.