"First you must go night night to bed. Then you ride the bus in the morning. First sleep ALL NIGHT, then bus."
I think she got it because Monday morning, when I woke her up (yes, the one day we have to wake up early she decides to sleep in), she does not greet me with her typical "mama or da dada da", but rather frantically signs "bus" accompanied by a yelling of "yeah, yeah, oh yeah". Ellie then proceeds to head over to her little table, grabs her water bottle, and then carefully slides it into the mesh cup holder on her back pack. She removes her annoyingly bright magenta Minnie Mouse backpack (did I mention it was magenta with bright pink glitter circles? Did I mention the glitter? And the pink?) from her wall hook and signs "bus" again. She was clad only in a diaper and her PJ top. Ellie was ready even if she was half clothed.
|She's not excited or anything|
As a mom, I worry about school. Will she become upset when the bus drives away without us and stops at several people's homes before ending up at the school? Will she be teased because she cannot talk and because she still wears pull ups? What actually happens at school? Will she eat her lunch or will she just play with it? Will she be an ornery little thing and shove or bite another child?
|She started to get annoyed with the mama paparazzi|
When the big yellow bus arrived, Bear marched on up those steps with assistance, looked at Andrew and me, and grinned. My girl was okay. She is a big girl. . . and I am a proud weepy mama bear.
|Bottom right: She is waving at us "bye mom and dad! I totally don't need you any more. I am a big girl"|
*School note from school: "Ellie had a good day. We spent the morning learning the routine. She played with play-doh for a long time and needed a few verbal reminders to not put it in her mouth. She had speech and adaptive PE today." Her lunch box came home empty :)