The first day of school went well. Andrew and Jonny wanted to ride the school bus even though I drove Alex and Dennis. Of course we met up.
Dennis was fine until we parted and he went into his classroom. Another boy was crying and I am sure that didn't help. It was so hard leaving him, but I knew in my heart about his bravery and love for school.
He came running in the door from the bus, "Mom, I like my class!" Certainly made me smile.
And yet a little later he shared with me about three older boys repeatedly calling him monster during lunchtime. Rather than pretend like he was a monster and growl at them like he did when he was younger and thought they were just playing, these boys' words actually hurt his feelings.
"Mom," Dennis told me seriously, "I'm not a monster."
"No Dennis you are not. You are my precious boy who is loved more by God and us than you can ever imagine."
Anyone who gets their kicks putting someone else down in order to pick themselves up, is a big coward of a meanie. It is kids and people like that we should feel sorry for.
But Dennis is strong, and he perseveres. I talked to the principal, and though he could not actually identify the boys, Dennis had more adult supervision during lunch and recess. He didn't encounter any problems the second day of school.
Oliver is Super Baby! This weekend he and Nolan are being dedicated to the Lord.
This is Alex's bag of supplies for school. Inside there are catheters, gloves, wipes, cleansing spray, extra diapers, and a change of clothes. Hopefully he won't need to use the diapers, wipes, or change of clothes. :)
Speaking of medical stuff, I took Nolan for his second opinion on his cleft surgery. The visit went great. This plastic surgeon was nice and friendly and patiently heard what I had to say. He was great with Nolan too! He is not part of the big hospital I don't really like although I had heard that he would have to do the surgery there anyway. Then I got a big surprise when he told me the actual hospital Nolan would be having his surgery at-- a much smaller, nicer, more upscale one--- very close to our house.
And the surgery is scheduled for this month! Yay for Nolan! Then after Nolan heals from the surgery he will be evaluated for speech, occupational therapy, and pre-school.
And guess what? If you are anything like me, you'll never believe it at first. Dennis has been eczema free for at least six weeks now! I'm doing nothing different for him-- he eats everything, he bathes, he plays in the dirt, he gets his clothes washed in Gain, etc. It really is a miracle!
Or is it the season? Maybe.
But we'll take it even if it is just for the summer and comes back with the colder weather. Whatever we can get in terms of relief is a huge blessing!