Saturday, August 29, 2015

Good Shepherd School - here we come!!

This week was a big one!  Julia started Kindergarten, Riley started Third Grade and I started a new job.  Jeremy started the school year off continuing his job, but with an incredible 15 minute commute.  So happy for him!!

The girls absolutely love their teachers.  I feel that we've been blessed with the best.  Both teachers seem perfect for each girl.  Definitely hand picked for them.  They've met friends through our Shepherd families.  Each girl was assigned a family who has a child in their class.  The girls have done playdates and get along so well together.  Julia and her shepherd (Claire) are taking dance class together.  Riley and her shepherd (Sophia) are like two peas in a pod.  Incredibly sweet friends.

On the first day of school, Riley hopped out of bed and was beyond excited.  I was able to walk her to her room, but she basically walked fast ahead of me kept saying "OMG OMG OMG OMG this is the best day ever!!!  Hurry up Mom!"  She got in her room and settled in so very quickly!

Julia had a harder time.  Despite early bedtimes, she wasn't so sure about the uniform thing.  The sensory/clothing issue has always been there in the mornings, but after some time in the clothing, she's always completely fine the rest of the day with no issues.

In the morning, she did not want to wear her uniform and cried and cried and cried so much that her eyes were puffy.  She cried on her way into her room, but then had a fantastic day.  When I picked her up from Capers (the after-school program), she was jumping, smiling and happy as could be.

Today (Saturday) we practiced for about 45 minutes just putting on and off her uniform without fussing, pulling, yelling, or arguing.  It took us multiple times, but by the last time Julia was buttoning her shirt and putting on the clothes by herself with no complaining.  I talked to her about how we'll practice tomorrow morning as well, but see if we can do it less times faster with no fussing.  She's excited to try and said "I can do it!"

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