|Ella's first day of preschool|
September 5, 2012
While Ella is doing a lot of learning and growing, I am learning (or being reminded at least) of some important lessons myself. I learned once again this week to NEVER underestimate my daughter.
I learned that a few extra/missing/mixed up chromosomes do not define Ella.
|First ballet class!|
September 13, 2012
I was so excited to bring Ella to her first dance class. She looked so cute marching right into the studio to sit with all the other little girls dressed in pink. I was also a nervous wreck....worried that she wouldn't be able to keep up or that the other kids/parents might question Ella. It's an insecurity that I have every so often. This was the first time I was putting her in a group with "typical" kids. Most of her activities until now have been through early intervention and the toddler group special ed program. I know that she is not as coordinated as many kids her age and her speech is not as good yet, but I also know how far she has come. I am so proud to even be able to take her to this class. The smile on her face when she was with the other kids was very reassuring. Ella has no idea that she can't run as fast or doesn't have the strength to jump as high as these other kids. She has no idea what "low tone" is, but it was clear to me when she was in the group that she fit right in.
|That's Ella standing up...getting ready for her turn|
There were other little girls that were shy and didn't want to say their name. Some even left the room crying. Not Ella. She made it through the entire 45 minute class....she tumbled, twirled and tapped. She followed along with the teachers and seemed to have a great time. I couldn't help but be emotional. I think the tears were my way of relief from all the built up anxiety I had. Clearly it was a lot of worry for nothing! I don't care that the teacher didn't understand her. She said her name (and pretty clearly too, I thought!) All I want for my daughter is absolute happiness and to never be looked at as different.
On this day, Ella didn't look different at all. She looked beautiful, confident and happy!