It's official. Eliza is a Kindergartner! Eliza was none too pleased having to wake up an hour earlier than she did for preschool, but once she realized she got to wear her new backpack and meet her new friends, she was pretty excited.
Each morning for preschool, our building super and good friend, Zeljko, waits with us for Eliza's bus. Since we were walking to school the first couple of days, she got a good luck hug and kiss from her buddy, who did not spill his Starbucks Vente coffee even as Eliza barreled into him!
Eliza's enthusiasm was pretty apparent as she ran down the street (diligently avoiding the cracks and lines since surely she does not want to break her mother's back or spine!).
Eliza is pretty good about playing freeze tag, so I didn't have to worry about her getting too far ahead!
Eliza had been to visit her school for orientation earlier, but the century old building looked grand in the morning sunlight. She was so excited to see her new "big girl" school as we reached the corner.
Thanks to the confidence that Eliza gained in her two years at Gramercy School she was happy to enter her new classroom, found her coat hook in the closet and her cubby to store her supplies, introduced herself to her two teachers and her aide and cheerily announced to her classmates "I'm Eliza Grace and I am happy to meet you!" She gave me a kiss good-bye and said she would see me after school.
Who would have thought that my tiny 1 pound 4 ounce baby, who was given a poor chance of survival, who overcame so much adversity in the NICU, who was delayed in achieving every milestone a baby and child should reach, would be going to school with her typical peers, with confidence and a smile on her face.
A whole new adventure begins.