Thursday, September 24, 2009

Big Days are Here!

So, tomorrow is Harlie's THIRD birthday. And then Saturday is Cooper's FIRST birthday.

This will be a short post. The past several weeks are starting to catch up with me. I'm running more with my training, and my schedule is busier than ever. The combination is proving to be very challenging. I'm finding that I don't have the energy to invest in my posts the way I like. And I'm still behind on that. I still haven't told you about her plastic surgery appointment that was almost two weeks ago!!! That is so not like me! Which tells me that I am way overwhelmed right now.

Harlie is doing great in preschool. She has learned how to stand in line. Brandy told me that it took her a few times to get it, but she did. They stand in line to go outside for play time. The problem is that they have to put on their shoes to go outside and it takes a while to put on Harlie's shoes and ankle braces, so she ends up being last. But, Brandy said that she started to try to put her shoes on a little sooner than the rest of the kids, but that's sometimes hard when they are involved in an activity. But, Brandy said that when Harlie got that she had to stand in line, Harlie was so proud of herself. Thinking about that makes me smile. And that's exactly the kind of thing I wanted from preschool for her.

Oh, and today they celebrated her birthday. Brandy said that she knew they were singing for her, or to her, rather. Which I think is really cute. I'm anxious to see how she does on Saturday at her party.

And, as I'm writing about her preschool experiences, I'm realizing that I'm missing a lot of stuff. And that's really weird for me. Totally normal for a mom, I realize. Most moms can't be there for every first. But, so far, I've been there for everything. And now, all of a sudden, I'm missing stuff. Which is both good and bad. I feel very lucky that I can send her to preschool. Me missing this stuff is a sign that she's progressing - in a typical fashion. But, just like a normal mom, it's still hard. And weird. Very weird.

On Tuesday night her preschool had parent night. We went around the room introducing ourselves. When it was my turn, I added that if their kids were asking them questions about Harlie, I'm very open and would be happy to help them in any way I could. Several of the parents spoke up and told me about how their kids were so excited to have Harlie there. They said that the kids would ask them and the teacher, "Is today a Harlie day?" Seriously? Now how incredibly heartwarming is that?!?!?

Well, back to the birthday celebrations around here...

I can NOT believe that she will be THREE tomorrow! And then Cooper will be ONE on Saturday. It will be a busy weekend. Tom's family comes in tomorrow night. His younger sister (Amanda aka Aunt Mimi) made their birthday cakes. I can't wait to see how they look.

And then I run EIGHT miles on Saturday morning. EIGHT MILES. I am now in unchartered territory as far as running goes. I've never run that far. So, my training is getting a lot more exciting now. The half marathon is November 14th. And I'm really looking forward to it.

Well, that's it for tonight.



B-Mama said...

Happy Birthday today Harlie!!

Susan said...

I know what you mean about it being unbelievable that she's 3. Ainsley turns 3 next month. She too will be going off to preschool without me 4 days a week and I am conflicted about it. Her needs are different than my other kids and this is what she needs at least that's what I tell myself when I think of how I'll miss her. I'm so happy to hear of how well Harlie is doing and just hope that Ainsley's transition to preschool goes as well. Happy Birthday Harlie! You're one amazing girl!

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