Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Settling back in...
I really hope all my Christmas baking will fatten Cooper up a bit as he devours gingerbread men, friands and butter biscuits.
Cooper finished up Kinder and is now off to school in 2011. Cooper will be attending a mainstream public school that has around 300 children. It is about 3kms from home and we will need to drive as we have a trailer load of equipment to use!
A while back I posted about being so hesistant of having a more experienced teacher as such. As it turns out Cooper will be having the more experienced teacher as well as full time integration aide support ( here in Vic he got Level 5 support which translates to around $38G a year from DEECD)
The more I think about Cooper starting school the more I think this classroom will be better for him, perhaps not intially for me, but for Cooper it will be good.
It will be predictable, it will be full of routine, it will be quiet and it will be ordered. Structure and discipline is perhaps not such a bad thing is it? It just clashes with my parenting a bit and my philiosophy about children essentially but I think Cooper will soon feel safe in this setting and will know what to expect very early on.
Cooper asked me if he could have a classroom that was quiet, he gets really distressed at noise and he almost always cries and sobs when girls squeal ( so Pepper quickly worked out her best tool to annoy her brother!) He loves policing behaviour and is a stickler for rules.
Thinking about Cooper going off to school makes me feel anxious. First time parent kind of anxious. Letting go of control kind of anxious, trusting others.....as much as I 'd love to hang around and educate people about CP I am thinking I will need to stand back to let Cooper find his feet as well as his teachers and I can just go home and wait for 3pm.....
Talking about feeling anxious my nerves are shot after Cooper was in Hospital, I have alot of unresolved issues relating to hospitals from when Cooper first arrived. Anyone know of a good Psych in Melbourne who might know how to deal with these things?
I never coped well with change when I was smaller and honestly the last 6 years have been full of adventure and change which I have been ill prepared for. Each time though I feel like I can cope a little more easily but it still takes it out of me for a few weeks.
Cooper is excited to start school. He is excited to learn. He is excited to learn Science and German.
I hope his excitement stays forever!
Pepper is a delight. She is full on and challenging but a delight.
I just sit and watch her sometimes as she is so very amusing. She dances alot. She dresses up all the time.
She loves being nude and insists on drinking milo all day and not consuming much solid food at all!
She talks all the time. She talks all about Cambodia and Bangkot (kok) and how she likes shoes and dresses and fast tuk tuks.
She says that she is Mummys girl, and Poppys girl and Brothers best friend and Nannys best friend.
She calls Daddy " Andrew" and loves counting and singing.
I look at her alot and wonder where on earth she came from but also that I created her and that I get to love her forever.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone.
Thankyou for supporting our family this year and enjoying our adventures with us xx
May 2011 be full of health and happiness for all.