Sunday, March 28, 2010


I was quick to jump all over the idea of keeping Sadie in special ed preschool one more year. She should start Kindergarten in September, but she is making so much progress in the Special Education Preschool "Reverse Mainstreaming" Inclusion class. Sadie's class has 6 special ed students and 6 regular ed students.  She has really picked up on hand holding, following simple directions, and her receptive language has exploded.  She will even push her arm through the sleeve of her shirt when I hold the shirt open for her.  She also lifts her leg up to put it in her pants when we stand behind her and support her. She even took her coat off one day last week when we came home and put it next to the closet. Although she requires a lot of prompting, she is at least responding to one step directions. 
She is such a social little girl and we are so thankful that the school system offered this opportunity for her to be with her peers in an inclusive environment.  Kindergarten is such a big transition for any child, but more especially for a child with special needs.  The teacher said she'd probably be in a self contained class if she went into Kindergarten.  I hope she can always be included with all children, but I also know that sometime what we want isn't always what's best.
While, I did jump all over the idea of her being in preschool one more year, it really hit home for me when I got the call last week for her tri-annual evaluation for special education services in preparation for Kindergarten.  I told the coordinator that we decided to hold her back and she confirmed this decision with the teachers.  And so, next week we with meet with everyone again for her 3 year evaluation of services, and we will tell them how happy we are that Sadie is in inclusion.  With a heavy heart, I know my daughter will stay back instead of moving on like her same age regular ed peers  I know it's what's best, but it is just another jab to our life that we live in Holland, NOT Italy.

Saturday, March 20, 2010


We've been enjoying this beautiful spring day!
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Friday, March 12, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

New stroller

Sadie got her new Maclaren stroller last week and today was the perfect day to walk on the boardwalk. Of course, Shelbi rode her tricycle too! (I was trying to wear her out so she'd take a good nap heee heee)
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Monday, March 8, 2010

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Finally got sadie to push "more" on her "GoTalk9" by zooming her through the house in her new stroller! Ha ha!
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

sucking on wipes

ok this might be the most bizarre thing...does anyone else have children that just love to suck on wipes, or is that just one of those quirky things Sadie likes to do? She could walk around all day with one. now she will even wring it out on the floor and splash all her spit is squeezed out. It is getting a little gross. I try the chewy/teether toys(she likes those too), but she always goes nuts for a wipe as soon as she sees the box. Even the other day, I left the toilet paper out, which usually has to stay up in the cabinet, she had literally taken a bite out of the side of the tp roll.

On another note, a friend posted this link on facebook, it brought tears to my eyes and pain to my heart, it brought back feelings of pain, feelings of crying uncontrollably, feelings of loss. Her story started much like mine...writing a blog...this entry describes the birth day of her daughter with Down Syndrome. It is emotionally moving. For all that have not journeyed to Holland, but might dare to visit for just a few moments, please read her story. You just might feel for a moment what a mother or father might feel when they discover their child has Down Syndrome...