Monday, August 17, 2015

Back to School!

This past week, like so many Alabama children, Emma and Baby Sage headed back to school.

It was emotional, exciting, and nerve-wracking.  But enough about their mother.

On Tuesday, Sage started his first day at Church Street Academy.  In typical Sage fashion he took it all in stride.  He received an excellent report when I picked him up:  didn't cry (not even once), ate wonderfully (which didn't surprise me, considering he eats anything you put in his mouth) and napped great!  I expected him to adapt well and he did.  He literally always has a smile on his face.

Emma was accepted into the Decatur City Schools 3K inclusion program this year, which couples special needs children and "typical peers" with the intent of enhancing the learning and development of both groups.  We went for screening in June and found out she was accepted at the end of July.  We decided that this was an opportunity we couldn't pass up due to the program being highly recommended, along with such a wonderful group of kids and teachers.

It was exciting to prepare for her first day!  We bought a new backpack, lunch box, and nap mat to make the transition to big school fun and exciting.  (Of course, I had already bought the perfect dress for her first day MONTHS ago.  And naturally, Baby Sage donned a matching outfit.)

Last Sunday, she had her backpack blessed at church.  G-Daddy took her to the altar since Mommy was home with a sick baby and Daddy had to go into work for an emergency situation.

Tuesday was meet the teacher day at her new school, Chestnut Grove Elementary.  Emma was thrilled to show me the library, music room, and cafeteria.  My shy little girl was walking the halls with confidence!  (Dad had taken Emma for a walk around the school while I stayed behind and asked a million questions.  Pretty sure I'm gonna be the teacher's fave parent this year.)

Then, on the eve of her first day, someone had a break down.  (Hint:  It wasn't Emma.  Or Dad.  Or Baby Sage.)

I packed her backpack and her lunch box and then as I was ironing her dress, I lost it.  Tears of excitement and fear for my baby girl!  She is no longer at the preschool we loved so much for the past two years.  My baby girl is going to be at a big school with big kids.  Did we make the right decision?  Is she ready?  Will they take care of my baby?

Finally, Thursday arrived and we walked in together and my shy girl surprised me again.  No tears, just pure excitement!  As I got in the car to leave, I was happy and nervous all at the same time.

 Luckily, it was only a half day.  And now I know why!  I used to think that half day stuff was for the kids, but I think the parents need it more than the kids do.  I was ready to pick her up as soon as I dropped her off!

Mary Ila ward also has a child at Chestnut Grove and we had already decided to meet at Chick-Fil-A once we dropped the kids off for "Tears and Coffee."  Not exactly Sip 'n See, but I was thankful to have a good friend there to help pass the time and talk about our joys and concerns.

At last, it was 11:30 and time to pick up my big girl!  I may have gotten there by 11:15.  Or 11:00.  Or...  Well, let's just say I was in the car pick up line early.

Tears of joy and pride ran down my face as I saw Emma walking towards the car with a big smile on hers.  She told me all about her day and about her new friend Emma Greer and that she loves school! The only negative was not getting to play on the playground.  But that's OK, they wound up getting to do that on Friday.  And more good news, for Mommy at least, Friday was a half day, too!

I think it's going to be a great school year for my two babies!

Back to School Prayer:

"Dear Lord, use my eyes to see new friends.
Open my ears to hear my teacher.
Open my mind to learn new things.
Let my heart remember you are near when I'm afraid.
Help me to love others like you do.
I want to shine your light so bright in my school.