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Sunday, September 5, 2010

3rd Week of Preschool

Monday, August 30th, I babysat Max.
I don't know if you can see the bird on the bench outside our window, but it stayed there a long time just looking in at us and hopping along the bench. Kaitlynn and I really enjoyed watching him. We also love watching the hummingbirds come up to the hummingbird feeder. We have seen lots of them.

Kaitlynn had a preschool screening at the ECC. It is a screening that is offered by our school district. She was in the screening with 2 other girls (sisters), 5 and 3 years old. The other mom and I were able to sit in the same room and watch the screening. Kaitlynn did great! She was actually the only child to stay with the screeners (Miss Laura, Miss Kathy and Miss Caroline) and not come and "check up on me." She even stayed over there and on task through several distractions (other mom's baby started crying, her cell phone went off, she had to make a few calls and the 3 year old got hurt and was crying). I was amazed she wasn't noticeably distracted, because I was. Even with falling asleep in the car on the way to the screening and being woke up to participate, she did well. Not that I am trying to be mean to the other mom or her kids because they were very nice.

Miss Kathy did the Concepts screening (sorting, prepositions, counting, colors, shapes, numbers and letters) and Small Motor Development screening (uses pencil and scissors). Miss Laura did the Large Motor Development screening (jumps on both feet, broad jumps, balance / hops on 1 foot, catches and throws a ball and kicks a ball). Miss Caroline did the hearing and vision screenings. They all screened Speech, Language and Social Emotional Development. Kaitlynn did excellent on everything, except vision. All 3 of the screeners actually checked her and would not pass her. They said she should be able to track objects smoothly with her eyes. Her left eye didn't track smoothly. Miss Caroline even had me watch as she screened Kaitlynn to see if I noticed it (and I did without her telling me). Miss Laura sat down and went over the screening results with me. She said Kaitlynn has fantastic socialization and turn taking skills, understands prepositions really well and did a great job overall. She suggested I have the school nurse check her vision. She said it could be nothing or it could be something, but we don't want to take any chances. She said it is not affecting Kaitlynn in any other areas. It's not affecting her depth perception or acuity.

I have to say, I was quite nervous. First of all to hear that my child did not pass something is not something I am used to hearing. It's not something I ever wanted to hear. I mean after all, this is my perfect little girl we are talking about here! After I got over that initial shock, I started getting worried. I called Dave and MawMaw about it immediately. I tried to blow it off or play it off as if I wasn't really worried about it. What's the worst it could be, that she needed glasses? That is what I kept telling myself, as I kept praying she wouldn't need surgery. I don't think I could go through her being sedated again. The only vision screenings she has had was one through the Lion's Club when she was about 6 months old and the ones from Miss Amy her P.A.T. Educator and there were never any concerns.

Kaitlynn and I went to Dave's softball game. Kaitlynn cracked me up. Dave pulled a muscle in his groin and his inner thigh was really bruised a few weeks ago. So, Kaitlynn yelled to him out on the field, "Remember daddy don't get a boo boo!" I'm sure he loved that. Kaitlynn met a little 1st grader named Sydney that she played with and drew a picture with. Sydney's mom was really nice. Her and I chatted throughout the game. Her husband is on the same team as Dave.

I watched the Real Housewives Of New Jersey Reunion Part 1. Wow, was that exciting! Drama, drama, drama! I like to watch stuff like that; The Real Housewives and a couple of soap operas that I try to keep up with are my one real vice or guilty pleasures. I just have to have them to escape and zone out from things!

The other day, Dave bought some great snacks from Trader Joe's. They are my new favorite snacks: Lightly Salted Crunchy Green Beans and Veggie Sticks. We normally buy the Veggie Chips, but the sticks are my favorite now. Kaitlynn loves the chips better. Yummy!

Tuesday I babysat Max. I signed Kaitlynn up for level 1 (Tadpole) swimming at Riverchase since the Flip and Dip was canceled. Kaitlynn, Max and I met Eileen, Gabe, Merci, Trisha, Kylie and Ava at Des Peres Park for a playdate. It was a hot morning. The kids had fun playing with each other and seemed excited to see each other. It had been awhile since we had a playdate with them. We brought our lunches and enjoyed eating in the shade. I changed Kaitlynn's clothes before leaving the park (so she was ready for preschool). I packed her snack (veggie chips and an apple) for preschool before leaving for the park.

When I dropped Kaitlynn off at preschool, I talked to Miss Maureen about the screening. I asked her if the school nurse could check out her vision. Miss Maureen said she had kind of wondered about Kaitlynn's vision because she likes to be right in front of the books when she is reading to the class or right in front of the game. She said this could just be that she is trying to figure out where she fits into the group at preschool and nothing to do with her vision. Before I left, Kaitlynn and I checked her mail box. She had some artwork from the previous week and 2 memos. One was about the PTO and the other was about their Emergency Preparedness Plan.

I picked MawMaw up so she could go with me to get Kaitlynn from preschool. Miss Maureen said the nurse checked Kaitlynn's vision and actually did a full vision exam because she could not find anything wrong with Kaitlynn's eyes. When Miss Maureen told me I think I was in shock. I just kind of stood there and didn't say anything and she said "it's great news!" It's definitely great news!

God is truly miraculous and wonderful! We thank Him for lifting that burden and easing our hearts and minds! Sometimes I forget how big God is, but He reminded me with that great news. I need those reminders. Our minds had started wandering to really scary things that could be the problem and thankfully those were lifted from our minds.

Miss Maureen also informed me that Kaitlynn had a great day without her friend Shea (he moved to the morning class). I was so happy to hear that, too. They read "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds, made dot collages with buttons and beads, used dot markers at the art center, went outside on the playground and in music listened / sang / danced to "Colors."

We got special drinks after school and then went home to relax until swimming class. At least I thought we had swimming class. We got to Riverchase and I told the girl at the front desk that we were there for swimming. She said OK, so we went to the pool, but the door was locked. I went back to the front desk and asked where swim lessons were. I was then informed that class had been canceled due to pool maintenance and everyone in the class had been notified. I told her we didn't receive a call and we had just registered for the class that morning. She checked our registration and said that it showed someone called and left a message (which they so did not!). I was furious! I couldn't believe that I had to tell my 3 1/2 year old that there was no swimming class. She loves swimming and had been looking forward to it. She was already in her suit and everything. Kaitlynn handled it pretty well. Actually, out of the both of us, I made the biggest stink about it . She just asked questions and wanted to know why it was canceled. She did say that we should call the police on them. I so wish we could have! HaHaHa!

Kaitlynn wanted to go have some ice cream, so we went to Fritz's. I thought she deserved ice cream before dinner (and well, I did too)!

Wednesday, September 1st, we met Emily, Ella and Beatrice at McDonald's playland for a playdate and lunch before Kaitlynn went to preschool. Kaitlynn and Ella had a good time playing. Ella was cracking me up, saying that she needed to find her prince. After she found her prince, she was upset because she wasn't married yet. Kids are so funny! You never know what they are going to say or come up with next. Emily and I were laughing because Ella's prince was interested in Kaitlynn (who, of course, wasn't interested in him) and Ella was just following him around. We joked that Kaitlynn would have to teach Ella how to play hard to get!

I brought clothes to change Kaitlynn into for preschool. I packed her preschool snack (strawberries and veggie chips) before leaving for McDonald's. She did well with leaving the playland to get dressed and then leaving McDonald's to go to school. Miss Maureen and Miss Ellie complimented Kaitlynn on her side pony tail!

When I picked Kaitlynn up from preschool, she couldn't wait to get in her backpack. Chance, a boy in her class, celebrated his birthday at school. His mom brought in cupcakes with pirate decorations on them, pirate party masks and a pirate loot box (filled with candy mints, compass, eye patch, shell and gold coins). His mom must have had Kaitlynn mixed up with another girl in the class named Lauren because she was asking if Kaitlynn likes cupcakes. I told her she did and she said Kaitlynn wouldn't eat one. The reason I say she must have mixed Kaitlynn up with another girl is because she asked if Kaitlynn's name was Lauren and when I looked in Kaitlynn's lunch box there was a half eaten cupcake. As we were walking out of school, Kaitlynn asked if she could ride the school bus. This is the first time she has taken an interest in them since attending preschool. I told her not until she was older (maybe). Kaitlynn's daily schedule said they reread "The Dot", continued making dot collages, palyed a going to school path game, sculpted and molded playdough, went to the gym because it rained and in music listened / sang / danced to "Colors" by Hap Palmer.

I was a little thrown off when we got to the car because Kaitlynn was in a really bad mood (almost immediately) and when I checked her backpack all of her papers had Lauren's name on them. I was a little confused by both things. I wanted to take Kaitlynn and the papers back to school! It ended up that Kaitlynn was just tired. She fell asleep about 30 minutes after being in the car. Before she fell asleep, we stopped to get special drinks (a smoothie for her and a Diet Coke for me). I really needed it! We went to visit MawMaw and have dinner with her. Later that night Kaitlynn said, "Mommy I'm sorry I yelled at you, but sometimes you just bother me!" I asked her what I was doing to bother her and she said "just forget it, you can bother me." Poor girl, I think she was just wore out from the playdates and things before school and then the plans we have had after school. She just hadn't had much of a break or down time.

Thursday, Kaitlynn got some downtime before going to preschool. She showered and got dressed. (Wednesday, when I asked her if she wanted to shower / bathe, she said she didn't want to and she wouldn't tell anyone that she hadn't! How funny! I coulnd't believe she said that.) We packed her snack (tortilla chip strips and strawberries) before leaving for preschool.

We took Lauren's papers back and Miss Maureen said that Kaitlynn's and Lauren's cubbies and mail boxes are next to each other, so the papers must have been put in the wrong mail box.

Kaitlynn's daily schedule said they read "The Dot" and "Lemons Are Not Red", met high school students that will be volunteering in the classroom as part of their Child Development Class, played outside on the playground and in music listened / sang / danced to "Five Little Monkeys" and "Colors". They went outside with the other afternoon preschool class. I asked Kaitlynn again if she wanted me to give Shea's teacher our phone number so she could stay in contact with him. She said no that she didn't like him or want to see him. I asked her if her feelings were hurt since he isn't in class with her anymore. She puckered up and said yes. I told her that it wasn't his fault and that they could still be friends. I felt so sad for her.

Kaitlynn wanted to see MawMaw after preschool, so we went for a visit (and dinner). Kaitlynn is really into the Madame Alexander dolls from the McDonald's Happy Meals. I think it is awesome because it is a way for me to share with her some of the characters I grew up reading or watching cartoons / movies about (Alice and the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, Cinderella and Prince Charming). Her favorites are Alice and The Wolf. I know McDonald's gets a bad rap for having toys in the Happy Meals, but lots of times we just go purchase a toy or apple dippers and a toy. You don't have to eat unhealthy if you don't want to. It's all about will power!