|First Day of School 9/13/12|
I wish that the rest of our day went as smoothly. Lilly's breathing went downhill and we quickly discovered that she had some bug that she passed to the rest of us over the last week. Then, at dinner, Jack had a reaction to scrambled eggs. He had eaten eggs at least half a dozen times before and been fine--even in quiche. But after some Benadryl to reduce his poor face from swelling, a good night sleep and a visit to the doctor for both children the next morning, we learned that Jack currently has an allergy to semi cooked egg. So he can have egg in everything but not cooked on the stove by itself. It's apparently pretty common, and this allergy is usually one that they grow out of. The good news is that if he doesn't, he has a great role model in his Uncle Edward who has quite a bit of experience in this area.
We had a quiet weekend, and then by Monday when Lilly was better, everybody else was getting worse. Jim and Jack were sick all week. It hit me by the end of the week. We've all had lots of sleep and fluids and are on the mend but it was a rough week--for everyone except Lilly!
One of my favorite parts of every day is picking Lilly up from school. When her teacher puts her in the car, she often starts laughing. Miss Reilly is just wonderful. One day, she told me that Lilly just makes her smile and her stories always make her laugh. She called her a very spirited little girl (which we know all too well)! Another day, she relayed to me that she couldn't believe Lilly knows all her letter sounds. I didn't even know Lilly knows all her letters sounds so that was news to me and I smiled another proud Mum smile. One day, she told me Lilly painted a picture of Burt from Sesame Street, complete with a head and a face, a body, arms and legs, eyebrows and cheeks, ears and hair...and that the body parts a child draws are very significant in child development. I'm even learning a lot from Miss Reilly and I see her for just a few minutes every day.
My favorite story from the week was last Thursday. As Miss Reilly put Lilly in the car, she asked me if I had a few minutes because she had to tell me a story. She told me that during circle time at the end of the morning, Lilly had the class captivated with a story about going to Stew Leonard's (a grocery store) and everything we bought there and told them all about the giant cow that moos there (it really is a pretty amazing store), and a trip that Lilly and I took to the children's museum where we rode a train and Jack stayed home with a babysitter named Olivia. Miss Reilly said that Lilly ended the story with a cartwheel! A cartwheel? As Mum said, I've always wanted to end stories with a cartwheel and when you're three, you can. Even the lunch bunchers (the 5 year olds who stay all day) were mesmerized. Apparently one of the five year olds looked at Miss Reilly and just said, "Wow." I laughed, knowing all too well that this is well within Lilly's capabilities. On the drive home, I asked Lilly about the story she told and she relayed it back to me and said, "...and then I did a cartwheel and Miss Reilly said, 'okay Lilly, I think that's enough. Thank you!'" and again, I just laughed. What a wonderful way to end your morning at school.
We're ready for another week--hopefully a healthier one this week. I can only imagine the stories that come home this week. School is off to a great start and Lilly is thriving as we had hoped. Here's to a week full of ending stories with cartwheels.