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I am the Momma of 8 children. Seven here on earth and 1 precious little Angel in Heaven. My children range in age from 2 months to 25 years. My 6 year old was born with a laundry list of complex medical conditions. He has Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome), a rare brain malformation, which resulted from a mutation of the PAX-6 gene, bilateral anophthalmia, which means that he was born without any eyes, so he is totally blind. At the age of 2 1/2 months old he had to have a tracheostomy to help aid in his breathing. He is hearing impaired, with normal hearing in his left ear and has profound deafness in his right. At 3 1/2 years he had surgery to have a Mic-Key button placed in his stomach (feeding Tube), which is mainly used to give him his medications. He also has insulin dependant diabetes and wears an insulin pump, which gives him a continuous dose of insulin. Even with his many dis"abilities," including being globally developmentally delayed, he has accomplished more than anyone would have ever believed that he could. Join us in our journey living with a Dis"Abled" child....

Thursday, September 3, 2009

First Day Of Pre-K

Our baby is no longer a baby. She is now a big girl. Emily started her 1st day of Pre-K yesterday. She is so excited. Emily has been attending ChildCare Network for the past 1 1/2 years. ChildCare Network is a preschool, but is run more like a daycare. The children who are enrolled are from 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Emily is looking so forward to being able to go to what she calls "Big Girl School." All of the children at "Big Girl School" will be 4-5 years. I'm not sure which Emily is looking forward to the most, the atmosphere of the "Big Girl School" or being able to ride the "Big Girl School Bus?" We had a hard time deciding whether we should leave Emily at ChildCare Network for Pre-K or switch her to our public school systems Pre-K program. After much thought and consideration, we decided that Emily would benefit more from our local public school systems Pre-K academic program. Timmy attended the same Pre-K program last year. Aside from Timmy's special Education class, we were very impressed by the other teachers and staff members at the Pre-K Center. Hopefully Emily's experience will surpass her brothers. More picture of the 1st. day of riding the "Big Girl Bus" to come soon.

This is Emily and her Pre-K teacher, Mrs. Maxey. The teacher assistance is Mrs. Rice. Notice the way Mrs. Maxey got down to Emily's level when speaking to her? I liked this. I'm sure that this gesture made Emily feel more at ease and not so intimidated.
Hand washing to keep the germs away. Being that there is the scare of the H1N1 flu, this too is a BIG plus.

Princess Silliness. I think this was her way of telling me to go away! Besides, the teacher had guided her to one of her all time favorite activities, coloring.
HAPPY 24th BIRTHDAY Linnie The Pooh (Gwendolynn)!!!!! I bet you thought that MaMa forgot? Not a chance girlie. You kept me in agony for 18hrs 14mins 24 years ago, on Labor Day. And you haven't stopped a day since. But I still Love Ya!


Michelle said...

Oh preschool is so much fun! She is going to love it.

Lu, Poppies Blooming said...

I've just discovered your blog. Thank you for sharing about Timothy.


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