Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Update on the Girls

Well our three little Kindergartners are doing great! They don't always like to go to school but they seem to enjoy it. Can't believe how big they are getting. We have Spring Break right now and I think Josh and my mom forgot what it was like to have them all day long! Not much different for me since I work full time... but I don't think they are looking forward to summer!

Makenna: Mak is doing good. She is little miss smarty pants! She does great in school and always ahead of where she should be. She is always wanting to learn new things and tries her best. And of course she is my little helper, always willing to help me out... when she isn't in a bad mood. She can be so sweet... and so mean! She doesn't have many friends in her class and actually got caught stealing a game piece from one of the games in the classroom. Her teacher had caught her. I was very disappointed in her and we had a long talk about it. She understands it was wrong and hopefully wont do it again. She has been acting out on occasion, I think there is something I am missing, but she still has many good days, so our system is working as best as it can to keep her out of an episode. Maybe one day we can get it completely under control but I think the older she gets, the more she will make her own decisions on what to eat and may make the wrong ones more often than not. We will see. I think her sugar tolerance is getting lower and we all need to be careful not to give her too much sugar at a time. She seems to do okay if it stays below 20 grams of sugar per meal total and waits an hour or so before she ingests more... but that is just a guess.

Jaeli: Miss Jaeli is a sweetheart. She loves attention and cuddles. She tries hard at school and does pretty well. She has made a couple good friends in her class. Ella and Elizabeth are two of the names I can remember. They are very tight! She talks about them all the time. She gets lazy with homework at home but her teacher says she does great in school. I struggle with her wanting too much attention from me and sleeps in my bed every night... along with Maysie and sometimes Makenna. If I could break her of it, I could break the others. I do cherish the moments though when we cuddle! She also has a tendency to try and stay awake until the others fall asleep so she can come out and sit with me at night...I try to avoid this as much as possible but doesn't always work. She is so very needy and clingy! She does try to be good, even though she has her moments! She can be so goofy too... some days I just don't know what to do with her. She told me one day in the car on our way home that she got made fun of. I asked why and she said a boy called her slow girl. I guess they were playing a game in gym class and she was... slow! That is Jaeli for you, the last to do everything. She can be very lazy and takes her sweet time. So I told her that next time she has gym to prove him wrong and go really really fast. She says she is going to, so we will see. And then that night, I asked her, why are you always the last one to brush your teeth? She looks up at me and smiles and says, "Because I am slow". Ha, it was cute. She didn't seem to be too upset by it and I am sure it wont be the first time she has to deal with being made fun of... but we will deal with it as it comes.

Maysie: Oh Maysie! She is my little spitfire! She is so much drama... every minute of every day! She too like Jaeli is very needy and if she doesn't get what she wants, you will know it. She has been struggling in school. She seems to have a couple friends, but no one very close. It took her awhile but once she got use to the situation and her surroundings, I think she opened up some. Her teacher says she does well when she sits with her, but in a group or on her own, she struggles. My biggest fear is one of them getting held back, and her teacher knows this. So she is working hard trying to keep her where she needs to be. She is in speech therapy and a special reading program but we are going to have her Aunt Mandy, who just happens to be an excellent teacher, tutor her for a couple months. Hopefully having someone she is comfortable with and knows, but doesn't get lazy with like my mom, Josh and I, she can have a big impact on her and help her get to where she needs to be. She is super excited about it and talks about working with Aunt Mandy often. They haven't even had their first session and I already see her trying harder. There are things she has known in the past but seems to have forgotten. Her reading and sounds, as well as rhyming are a struggle for her. She does love her cuddles with mommy and seems to be a daddy's girl at times.

Couldn't ask for anything more! These girls are amazing and excited to watch them grow into young ladies... hopefully not too quick though.

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