Thursday, February 19, 2009

Happy 3rd Birthday Gracie!

Little one, when you play
Don't you mind what they say

Let those eyes sparkle and shine

Never a tear

Baby of mine

Besides turning 3 today, which is a big deal all by itself, Grace is also starting preschool! If you had asked me even 6 months ago if I would send my child to preschool, much less public school, I would have said "nope!" But here we are. Grace will have some wonderful opportunities with the Goddard schools that she wouldn't otherwise. Her class size is 9 including her, and besides her teacher there are 3 paraprofessionals. She will be working with the speech therapist each day in some capacity, and the occupational therapist and physical therapist once a week each. If she is happy, she will attend every day. If it proves to be too tiring or she just doesn't adjust well (which I certainly don't anticipate), we'll re-evaluate. But I expect her to really shine with the example of other children her age. Yes, mommy is nervous but I'm ready. I want her to have every opportunity.

We are so proud of Grace. She loves to read & be read to, draw and 'write', take care of her baby, talk on the phone, help mommy with chores, dig in the sandbox, and boss Joshua around among other things. She is learning lots of new signs and can make most of the letter sounds when we ask her to. Speech is still her biggest developmental delay (very little delay in other areas) but we DO see improvement, a little at a time.

We think she is SOOOO beautiful. We realize we are not objective, but that does not affect our position on the matter. :)


Sharon said...

Happy Birthday to Gracie!
And I agree. She IS beautiful! :)

How exciting about starting preschool. It does sound like a great opportunity.
Aidan does speech therapy, and all I can say is I wish we had started it sooner. It's such a blessing!

I look forward to updates on how Gracie does.

courtney rose said...

Happy belated birthday Gracie!

And yeah- she's pretty much the most beautiful little girl I've laid eyes on....

I, too, look forward to hearing how preschool is going! Such wonderful times!

Erin said...

Hope that preschool went well for Gracie this week!