Can you believe January is over? Time is going by faster than ever and Max and Lucia are now exactly half way through this school year already. Both are absolutely thriving and really enjoying Primary 3 and nursery and it is wonderful to see how much they are learning.
Lucia loves her nursery and has formed such a strong bond with both her nursery teacher and assistant. (You can read all about her teacher here ). She can still be a bit clingy to me going in some mornings but within seconds she has settled as she has so much trust in these relationships. And it means I can leave her without feeling too sad because I know she is getting a cuddle and a story from someone she feels really comfortable with.
She has also made a wonderful little group of friends who she chats about all the time and who she has great fun and laughs with. They also love her for who she is and as I have mentioned before in previous blogs they chat about her ‘fairy tights’ which is just so cute.
We recently had her best friend over to our house for a play and I got to chat to her mum for a while and explained about Lucia’s Lymphoedema. We don’t really tell many people about it – I think from this blog you have probably gathered that we don’t put it out there much and only tell people if it feels right.
So I told this lovely mum since our girls spend so much time together and she was really interested to hear all about it. She then said that things her little girl has said to her in the past now made sense – but one thing in particular made me almost burst with pride.
She texted me later that day to say she now knows why her daughter likes to wear tights under her leggings at home – to be like Lucia. When I read this I had tears in my eyes (as usual!). I can barely describe how happy I felt to know that our wee pet was thought of so highly that her friend wanted to be like her. Her mum called Lucia ‘inspirational’ and she really is. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face I was so happy – it is without doubt one of the loveliest things I have ever heard.
So our next job in Lucia’s school life is getting her ready for Primary 1. I know this isn’t happening until September but it has been playing on our minds because Lucia will be in school for five hours instead of just two and a half. Primary 1 is also a very different environment to nursery so we have been worrying about her getting the attention she needs to ensure her compression are adjusted regularly, has help with them at the toilet and is supervised for falls during the regular outside play she will have.
So Lucia’s fab nursery teacher set up a meeting with the principal where we were all able to sit down and chat about things. It was a very productive afternoon where we outlined our fears and worries and we are working together to ensure Lucia’s transition to ‘big school’ is as seamless as possible. And with the teachers behind us and her lovely friends moving along with her we know all will be ok.