Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Adjustment to school.

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.


  1. hey. I talked to our school nurse and she said she knows that rules are different in different states, but our pre-k classes are for 4 year olds and the kids that start Kindergarten are 5. The nurse said they aren't required to be vaccinated until age 5. So the younger kids have some vaccinations and not all of them. But she did say that the MMR vaccination was given to them at 12 months and then they get it again at 4 or 5 (as long as it's before they start school) so I don't know what Nika got in Russia. So I might be fighting this too unless the state of VA says she has to. There are medical and religious reasons that your dr can sign off for but if there is an outbreak in school, the school has the right to send her home and not let her back until its over. :o(


  2. I am sorry you are having a rough time with the whole vaccination thing. You are a great mom who is standing up for your child! I wish I knew more mom's like you. I see too many people bullied into doing things their heart and research is telling them not to do. Your kids are very blessed to have you and Kyle as parents.

  3. Good for you for sticking up for yourself!! It is so hard to make decisions for our children and other people bullying us make things so hard. I hope things get worked out quickly!

  4. We gave Stel the Measles part of the MMR, but are spreading out the rest. And A won't get hte booster at 4, we're waiting until 5. Those people can stick it. I don't care what studies they have, I trust the parents who say the saw a different after the vax. Good luck!

  5. I don't vaccinate any more because they still haven't been able to tell me what DID cause Autism in my boys (I believe genetics and environmental factors combined are the cause). But until they can give be definitive proof then I will decide when and if my kids will receive another vaccine. We sign a religious waiver (that I type up) for our school system to satisfy everyone.

    Also, FYI, you only get a booster for the MMR because 5% of the population isn't immune to measles from the first vaccine so they make you get the 2nd one. Technically you can request a blood titer of your child to see if they are immune to measles and probably don't need the booster. This was from my pediatrician mouth.


  6. No MMR here either. I would gladly give it if they could make 3 seperate shots and spread them out. You know, like when I was a kid.