First Day of Preschool! Miss G is a Big Pre-K Girl!

Yep, you read that correctly. Miss G had her first day of preschool yesterday and it was AMAZING! Absolutely positively a very, very “Good Thing for Gwendolyn!”

The second we asked Gwendolyn if she would like to start going to school again, her little fingers tapped so fast and her eyes rolled up quickly to say, “Yes, yes, yes.” And when the big day arrived she was beside herself. She helped pick out her first day of school outfit (it was “blue day” and her new blue horse shirt just arrived in the mail, so this was easy). She helped remind us what to bring. And she even allowed both Mommy and Daddy to go with her on the special first day.

The second she saw the school she was so excited. And as each teacher enthusiastically greeted her, told her how long her hair is and how happy they are to see her, G’s eye twinkle got even brighter. She wanted to go find her cubby right away, go do a craft (painting a whale blue), go see what new items were in the dress up area, and see all her friends. Gwendolyn was soooooo beyond excited when two little girls from last year called out to her from inside the tree, “Gwendolyn! Gwendolyn! We are in the tree. Come see us.” She sat under the tree looking up at them with so much joy. It was such a typical 3 – 4 year-old interaction — talking about trees and monkeys, which, of course, segued into flamingos. Hysterical. And we were so thrilled to meet several new friends who immediately were so sweet to Gwendolyn — one little girl wanted to give G high fives and love pats which Gwendolyn adored.

Gwendolyn then mosied over to the swing area and to our delight started demanding to swing just like she did every day last year. And this time her teachers brought out her new special tumbleform/hammock swing, which made all the children curious. Several new friends immediately wanted to take turns pushing Gwendolyn and she loved that. And then after she got out they all wanted to try her purple tumbleform/hammock swing and we absolutely loved that Gwendolyn’s special swing became a special experience and, perhaps for the first time, others wanted to be part of something Gwendolyn was doing physically. And that made her feel awesome.

She then got to go to a new snack room with a new group of children. This room had rainbows everywhere and lots of fun things to see. And while the other children were making their way in and getting hands washed and settled, Gwendolyn got to do a puzzle on her iPad with Miss Amy. She thought this was really fun and we know she is going to enjoy using the iPad at school more this year. During snack, she asked for grapes and proudly held her blue napkin. And it was so adorable seeing her nod in agreement when Miss Cindy started the routine of reading stories and asking questions. Gwendolyn clearly felt so comfortable and confident.

On our way home, Gwendolyn’s fingers tapped with speed and her eyes didn’t stop rolling upward in enthusiasm as we recapped the day’s events. She loved it! Today was a good day and we are so proud of our little butterfly. And we can’t believe our little girl is in her second year of preschool, technically she is now in Pre-K, which means next year she starts Kindergarten. Kinder-freakin-garten! But I’m getting ahead of myself… This year — this preschool year is going to be a very good year filled with very good things for Gwendolyn — we just know it!

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Mom fighting to END SMA, the #1 genetic killer of young children.

Comments

  1. patty grant says:

    When I read about Gwendolyn I am filled to the brim with the blessing of know her and you and Bill. I have three grown children, and, truly, you are the model for the very best mom in the whole world. And if I ever need to remind my children about how crucial it is to be strong and brave in the world, I will introduce them to Gwendolyn, and then they will know.

    Lots of Love,

    Patty Grant

  2. Overwhelmed with tears for some reason. It is wonderful to hear how innocent children embrace and love Gwendolyn and think nothing of her physical differences. And they wanted to do what SHE did! We all could learn from children, huh? I am so so, happy G is feeling so much better. Makes me smile!! Can’t imagine how you all must feel!! xoxo

  3. To go from being so sick to feeling wonderful enough to go to school speaks to Gwendolyn’s great spirit. Much love to all of you.

  4. SO happy to read about Gwendolyn’s fantastic school experience! Enjoy every day, G! You’re the BEST!

  5. Lisa Prokopetz says:

    Oh Victoria—you have said it to me before that the generousity and innocence of children is just remarkable and so uplifting!! I am so, so happy that Miss G has begun a new experience in Pre-K! It does just melt my heart seeing the pictures of the kids and the story of the swing—-children are so open and differences just don’t matter to them and I absolutely LOVE that! Have a wonderful weekend….cheers!

    be well,
    Lisa :)

  6. Wow Miss G. I just love your new sweater, not only is it blue but it has a HORSE on it !! Unbelievable !!
    As for that new swing, wish i could try it out. How exciting to see your friends again, the best get well tonic you could wish for.
    Keep it up Honey! Your awesome.
    Lots of love to the sweetest girl in town.

  7. School Miss G??? You ARE feeling better and for that,we are all beyond thrilled!

    Enjoy your weekend and get out and about with mommy and daddy and make up for those days when you were feeling blah … you all deserve it.

    Much love from The Needham’s

  8. My heart just wants to burst when I hear such awesome reports!!! Feeling good enough to go to SCHOOL!!!! I’m so glad that you were able to go be with your friends and so happy that got to share your swing with them. We read your posts and the kids hang on every word! Now my kids want to swing on Gwendolyn’s swing too! Actually Kendall wants to swing WITH Gwenodolyn…. she thinks her swing is super cool! Time is ticking till your SuperGirl turns 4!!!!!!!!

    Big hugs……

    Penny and the Davidson’s

  9. laura ashley says:

    What an amazing adventure! I love hearing happy, exciting news from you <3

  10. What a wonderful day!!!! Gwendolyn looks so BIG and she is definitly a BIG girl now!!! To say exciting is an understatement.

    The hair? Gwendolyn, your hair is so beautiful and so long. I am so jealous :) I lost my hair 5 years ago and it finally, this year, making a sincere comeback and I am letting it grow long just like your hair, and I can’t wait for it be long enough for pigtails. I love your pigtails.

    Have a great Pre-K year with your school and all your friends.

    I can’t wait to hear about your birthday this year and all that you are planning .

    –Mari

  11. Words cannot express how awesome this is!!!!
    Congrats to Miss G and her awesome parents :)

  12. Jennifer Calafiore says:

    I LOVE to read this wonderful news! It brought a tear to my eyes and a big happy fullness to my heart. How awesome that you are the popular girl at school and everyone wants to try out your swing. We love you Miss Gwendolyn!!

  13. What a great experience – it looked like Gwendolyn had an amazing first day!

  14. This is amazing! I’so happy for you guys. Let’s go Miss G! have fun at school!:)

  15. Wow! This is so exciting, i love the swing!

  16. This is an amazing turn of events so close to such a scary one, but if anyone can pull it off, it’s an incredible SMA family :)

    Sending big hugs from across the country and eager to read more about The Fantastic Adventures of Miss G!

  17. Ann WalkerA says:

    Gosh- if they liked the swing imagineother special things she could bring in- video from abbiecadabbi,telling she met the real yogabbagabbas after a concert, Disney, sea world…….the other kidswill see her for the rock star she truly is.

  18. Hope you are continuing to enjoy each day of preschool!!! Sending big hugs to Gwendolyn!!!

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