Last week was the twins first day of pre-school. They have been doing much better than I would have expected. I knew Cade would be fine. He likes to do his own thing and go off to find things to explore (i.e. destroy!). Camdyn, on the other hand, cries and clings to me EVERY time I take her to therapy. I expected the same thing to happen at school. I was pleasantly surprised.
I tried to take a picture by the front door on their first day, but the sun was already up too high. Camdyn is saying, "EYES, EYES, EYES!" here. It was pretty cute.
This is my newest favorite picture of them. Look at my big kids walking into school with their cute backpacks and matching lunchboxes. Yes, the holding hands was prompted and did not last long but cute nonetheless.
When we got into their classroom, we hung their backpacks up and put their lunchboxes in their cubbies. Then they were off to explore this cool school bus play center.
Next, it was time to get messy making fingerprint pictures. What 2 year old wouldn't like that?
Cade's turn to get messy!
Then they found this cute kitchen play area and were very busy there.
The director of the pre-school came around visiting each room. She looked at me and said, "Okay Mom, are you going to be alright?" In other words, "you can leave now!" I told her, "I'm taking a few pictures. I'll leave soon, and yes, I will be okay."
I had been praying for a time like this since they were one pound babies. For months, we didn't know if they would be able to walk or make friends or learn or do anything that kids their own age were doing. I was not going to be rushed. I was going to take my pictures and revel in the glory and miracle of the fact that my former 24 week babies were doing exactly what their peers were doing. It may have seemed to her like a mommy-hovering moment, but it was actually a Thank-You God moment!
Here they are at the start of week 2 of pre-school and still no tears! I hope this pattern continues. I am so proud of them.
Their teacher leaves us notes about their day. I love reading the comments at the end. Camdyn's comments have been, "She is very caring," "Camdyn loved playing in the rocks today; she was pretending to cook with them," and "She was reading books to her friends today!" On the first day of school, Cade's comment was "He is very curious, but so sweet" which I translated to mean, "My gosh, he was into EVERYTHING and made lots of messes so it's a good thing he is a sweetie." I was reassured the next day when his comment was, "He was very generous with the hugs today; it was great!" His last one was, "Cade and some of the other kids started a truck race down the slide. It was so fun to watch them work together."
I am so excited that they get to be around kids their own age. It sounds like they both are playing with other kids well. I'm starting to notice Camdyn talking a little more, but I don't know if it is from therapy or her just putting it all together or from school. It's probably a combination. I'm happy to see her progress. I hope they both continue to like school.