Mason told me the other day, "Mommy, I love my big boy school." Oh, you don't even know how happy that makes me! Knowing that he is enjoying himself at school is a huge relief. Although I haven't received any verbal feedback from his teacher ... which is really hard for me to get used to, by the way ... I have seen a smiley face on his behavior chart every day, which I am ecstatic about. I have been giving him a lot of reinforcement when he gets home concerning his good behavior and I know he thrives off of that feedback ... so yay!
Payton had a hard time with the bus on days two, three and four. I think after she realized what was really happening on day one, she was a bit resistant. They allowed me to help her onto the bus, which helped ease her fears. Now, all she does is sign "bus bus bus" until it is time to go to school ... so cute, and so great for my anxiety! Her days have gotten very long with no nap ... she typically falls asleep on the bus ride home, although that is hardly enough to curb a very whiny, clingy Payton in the evenings. I have had one home visit so far with Payton's teacher, who is a very nice, but firm woman. I think she will be good for Payton, since Payton tends to think she rules the roost. Payton's teacher told me that right now they are spending a lot of time working on establishing rules and appropriate behavior. Hopefully Ms. Little Bully catches on quick.
Nika ... poor Nika. She is still not in school and I'm beginning to get really irritated. Her paperwork still has not been accepted by the school nurse. I stopped at the school today to get things straightened out, and of course the nurse had gone home sick. They told me she was the only one who could deal with this, and I told them they needed to find backup ... whether it be the principal or the nurse's boss. This delay is preventing my child from entering school and it needs to be dealt with. So as of right now, the story is that someone will call me tomorrow morning to let me know if I can bring Nika to school ... late.
On another note, I sort of had to put the school nurse in her place last week. She continued to badger me about the MMR vaccination, essentially trying to bully me into giving it to Nika. She went as far as to say, "Well you know the measles are going around." Really? I'm pretty sure the measles are not rampant and even if they were, I will take my chances considering the other potential side effects for her are a lot more serious. I told the nurse, "Look ... I really don't appreciate being made to feel that I am doing a disservice to my daughter by not giving her the MMR vaccination. There are plenty of people that do not vaccinate their children for MMR, or other vaccinations, and quite frankly, it is not your job to bully them into vaccinating." I really didn't want to be rude, but after she made numerous comments about it, I really wanted to let her know that I didn't appreciate it. I told her that she didn't need to worry about the MMR, that our pediatrician would be writing a medical release and that was that ... no need for her to keep bringing it up or telling me that measles are going around.
Ei yi yi.