Both of the kids started school this week. This is Cate's first time being away from home during the week, and I was very nervous as to how she would do. She has started at Highland Park Learning School in their 2 day a week program. She goes Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 2:30. There are five children in her class, 2 girls and 3 boys. So far, I think she's doing okay. They have play time, music class, art, a schoolastic lesson (they're learning letters, numbers, colors...stuff like that), lunch, and a nap each day. She isn't eating much because they have to bring all finger foods and nothing that needs to be heated. She isn't always the best eater anyway, so I'm not too worried. Their teacher actually gets 5 1-year-olds to sleep on a mat on the floor. I can't believe it, but apparently Cate slept on her mat for 50 minutes on Thursday.
Will started back at the Little Light House on Wednesday. He is in the same class he was in last year. There are 2 other kids who were also in his class last year, 4 kids who came from other classes, and 1 student who was on the waiting list. His class has 2 boys and 6 girls. The crazy thing is, the other boy also has Angelman Syndrome! Will and Henry (the other boy) are the only 2 in the school with AS and they're in the same class. They are friends too! They sit together on a bench during circle time, and their teacher told me Will is trying to teach Henry how to do things in class! I am so proud of my sweet boy. I think we're going to see some awesome development during this school year.
Baxter, our new puppy, is also doing well. He is chewing all of the kids toys and our carpet, so we're having to watch him very closely. Will seems to really enjoy him. I think Baxter knows he's here for Will. He always kisses him and he lies at the foot of Will's bed when we're putting Will to sleep. Cate isn't such a big fan because Baxter takes her toys and her cups. I'm trying to teach her to stand up to him and tell him "No no!" We'll see. Anyway, pray for us that Baxter will grow out of his chewing phase quickly.
More to come....