by wcarder (934 Posts), Tue Jul 20, 2004 06:22 am
My girly is starting kindergarten in the fall and I worry a lot about how she will do. She speaks very well, and is very social with no real behavioral problems at all - and CERTAINLY doesn't look like a preemie. But she is so busy! I actually use to teach preschool so I have a pretty good knowledge base of what to expect from this age and they are ALL wiggly kids... but my 'noodle', as we call her, seems a little excessive. I have had her in gymnastics and dance, but she is either COMPLETELY uninterested or really does not know how to sit still! She is just the sweetest thing, so loving and friendly. But I cannot get the child to sit through a STORY! She will not pay attention. I have talks with her preschool teachers and although they see Kenzie's inability to sit still, they do not at all feel that it prevents her from learning because she is ahead of where she needs to be. So, maybe she is just bored or completely uninterested in anything I might consider to be fun for her...hmm...
Kenz has never been a temper tantrum thrower, but I hear ya on the whining!!!
Catherine - I think you hit the nail on the head. It seems impossible to think that ourselves and our children can walk away from the frightening events involved in PE unharmed. Noodle was a three pounder - a "feeder and a grower", they said, until the day before she was suppose to come home and she FLAT LINED! Thank god she was still at the hospital, and not at home. She had been treated with meds for a PDA shortly after her first 24 hours, which they thought had solved the problem, but infact did not work. So my baby survived the next 3 weeks with a whole in her heart and NOBODY knew! Can you believe it? Anyway, she had heart failure on her left side and had surgery and came home on the monitor and the meds, weighing 4 pounds...its hard to believe such a little critter can overcome and be "NORMAL", right? And as a mother, you do feel guilt because your sicknees resulted in theirs...
My husband thinks Kenzie's only problems are that I spoil her, I worry too much about her, I don't enforce the rules, etc. He's probably exactly right. It's hard to not be that way with your child when they were once so fragile, and their whole existance seems so miraculous...
Anyway, here's to our preemies growing up!
DD - Kenzie Celeste, 30 weeks GA, 3 lbs. 2 oz.