This post is all about Little Buddy. Today he started our public school preschool. We went to meet the teacher day last Friday and he had so much fun, he was running into the classroom furniture and all the parents and their kids with his walker. He was so excited and the classroom space is a bit tight, he had difficulty navigating in that space with all the extra people there. I feel Little Buddy and I might have a detention in our future. He sort of doesn't mean to run over peoples toes, they just get in his way. So all weekend long we talked about being nice with our walker, no hurting other children or the teacher, and absolutely no going out of the room unless a teacher is with you. Lots of rules to remember when you are three. We are fortunate to be in a school system that makes sure kids with special needs get a good head start. He will get school related therapies while there, and time with kids his own age. There are 12 kids in the classroom, a teacher and two assistants. Six of the kids have some sort of special needs, six do not. Little Buddy is the only one needing a walker, so at least there will not be two walkers crashing into each other.
Drop off was a breeze, Little Buddy did not even blink when I left him. In fact he cried big, fat tears when I picked him up right after lunch. He can stay until 2:30 when the school day is over, but he has so many therapies that have to be fit in so he will get picked up early every day. I think 8:30 to 12:30 is enough don't you?
Once he gets used to the schedule he will be fine. We got home today and he had speech therapy and is now resting after his busy day. He is going to LOVE preschool.
Mr 20, the biggest brother, leaves tomorrow to return to Ohio. I can not tell you who is going to be sadder Little Buddy or me. We have loved having him here for three whole weeks, the longest he has been home since he left two years ago. He is ready to go and get busy with his life, but we will miss him desperately. Biggest Brother takes you swimming and helps you walk the wall with your hands.
He throws you up in the air so you can squeal at the top of your lungs , and then does it again and again when you say, "more!"
He takes you for rides on the alligator across the pool.
And makes the alligator go round, and round, and round.
He pretends you are a pillow and takes a nap on you.
He also gives great hugs.
He loves to play and makes a big deal of this little boy while he is here. The love is mutual I'd say.
I don't want you to think I am neglecting my Teenager. He was able to start school today, right on time. He is still in a tiny bit of pain, we see the ENT tomorrow and I think there just might be a antibiotic in this ones future. He loves Little Buddy too, he is just very, very quiet and very shy. Mr. 20 is a wild ride at the amusement park, the Teenager is slow and steady. They both have their own unique relationship with this little three year old, isn't he a lucky little one.