Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Not What We Planned

But good nonetheless.

It seems like just a few weeks ago, we were bringing you home for the first time, introducing you to your siblings, showing you your room. (oh wait, it was just a few weeks ago) Now, you're all grown up, begging to go to school, marching into big boy status with excitement and zero fear. I should have had five years to prepare for this day, instead of five weeks. My heart aches at the time lost, moments stolen, but I will rejoice in the present and the future. I will strive to handle those losses with half the grace and courage you have MB.

We had planned to keep MB home through the spring and summer, then start Kindergarten in the fall, maybe even homeschooling the first year. If there's anything I've learned through this journey, it's hold onto your plans loosely. Ever since the first day of dropping Renny and Zoom at school, MB has been begging to join them. I mean, begging. Things were going so well, MB was blowing us away with his brilliance and love of learning, eventually I relented and thought "what the hay, we'll give it a shot.". And so, last week he started pre-K four afternoons a week.

This was made possible by the fact that my kids go to a wonderful school, and MB's new teacher has a heart of gold. Seriously, I think it might actually be 24 karat. Not only did she welcome him into her class (likely knowing full well he could make her class/job more difficult), but she was truly excited to have him. There's only 7 kids in his class which, in my opinion, is the perfect combination of social interaction and focused teacher attention.

Can you see the joy in his face? Oh, and when he realized he got to take a backpack packed with his own supplies and a Star Wars snackbag ... hold the phone, it doesn't get much better than that.

MB was mobbed by a welcome committee that consisted of Kindergarten boys and third grade girls. It melted my heart to see how excited Renny and Zoom, their friends, teachers and school principle were for this day. Zoom's teacher told me that she was glad MB was finally here (his day starts at noon), because her class was so hopped up on the goofballs, crazy excited to meet him, and maybe now that he was here they could finally settle down.
I think I was more nervous for this day than any of my other kids starting school. I had long prep talks with his teacher about triggers (don't let him get hungry), among other things. Though I would do that all over again, it was probably unnecessary. Once again, he has blown us away. After a full week of school, he is doing more amazing than I could have hoped for, has had no issues and still loves every second of it. He started at a critical time in his language development, a time (about six weeks home) when his English was really starting to make sense. I'm sure it's a combination of school, peers and timing, but in the last week his language has absolutely exploded.

Man I love this boy and feel so blessed to be his mom. He has had a pretty rocky start in life, but takes each day as they come, with his head held high and his heart open wide. If I could take just a smidgen of his heart and spread it around, what a beautiful world this would be.





  1. I'm hoping to home school for the first year too, but I know the kids might start begging for school. If I can just hide the existence of school from them...

    1. Kyra, if it makes you feel any better, we would have likely totally gotten away with it, had it not been for the two trips per day to pick up and drop off older brother and sister. Having to stay in the car, buckled in a seat belt = pure torture.

  2. :-) This makes my heart happy! Congrats MB - hope you continue to love every minute of school!

  3. This is so completely amazing! Yay for him! He makes me smile:)

  4. We had the same experience with our daughter who we brought home at 4 1/2. Now at 7, she is reading, spelling, and doing math all on or over grade level. Truely amazing.

  5. good for you for rolling with it we had to do the same thing. tomas was home just 8 weeks and went to school. it was crazeballs. he looks so happy!

  6. he looks absolutely thrilled to be there. i'm hoping the same will be true for our kiddo come fall. good on ya for knowing just what your boy needs.

  7. This is encouraging! Glad to hear things are going so well! Jayme