We are SO thrilled with Gracie's school. Josh and I both spent a day there this week and it is so amazing that we are eager to send our little 3.5 year old to public school every day! Her 2.5 hours in school are packed full of things that we can't provide at home - PT, OT, speech, a consistent approach, one-on-one consistent attention and coaching, other kids, tons of toys, crafts, stories, ABC's, days of the week, colors, routine tasks, songs... Everything that she does in preschool develops her skills more and more. Her para, Kelly, is so patient, consistent, and kind with her - she makes her work hard, she doesn't do a THING for her that Gracie can do for herself and Gracie knows it so she works hard for her! her therapists love her and are so excited with her. They have learned her so well that they know how to motivate her, they know that when she's hungry she's a bear, they know that she loves taking things out of containers and loves things that make noise - they have really applied themselves to learning Gracie so that they can teach her. Gracie loves school and does so well there!
We are grateful that Gracie is now a citizen and has her passport so we can travel anywhere that we want! We are still working on getting medicaid so that we can have access to augmentive communication devices. Please pray that this goes through soon. We are approaching a year with Gracie - she'll hit her anniversary as we hopefully go into labor to get her a little sibling! She has changed SO much in this year! I pray that her birth mom can see through the photos and the reports how much her baby has grown up and blossomed into a little girl. I pray that she can see that her decision of love for Gracie has given her a chance to thrive. I pray that someday, Gracie will be able to give back to her birth mom!
Gracie had another seizure - a scary one with trouble breathing. I was working night float, so I wasn't home and Josh (for the first time) felt panicky because she was breathing so poorly. She ended up admitted to the hospital and did well but we spent a long day in the hospital with my poor sister and her family hanging out with us at the hospital. I went a long 36 hours without sleep and back to work that night... 'yawn!' We're increasing her med dose (Keppra)... pray that it holds her!
"Baby sister" is growing well - and mama is doing well too. We're going on 34 weeks! Only 6 weeks left!