Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A new chapter

When I was a kid, I used to go to my best friend's house all the time. I remember in the entrance way, right by her front door, there was a painting of a deer, with the inscription, "If you love something, Set it free... If it comes back, it's yours, If it doesn't, it never was.

Every time I read that, it struck my little 10-year old brain as very sad. I don't know why, it just seemed so empty to me, so without hope. I guess maybe I focused on the last part too much.

Now that I've given you a glimpse into the beginnings of my little glass-half-empty mentality, I'll get to my point.

Remember that pre-school I blogged about a few weeks ago? Fred and I went to visit them last week, and were very impressed with what we saw. The director took us for a tour, and asked a ton of questions about Elise's diabetes, and what their role would be if she because a student there. About a week later we received a call saying they would love to have Elise come to their pre-school!

Today we met with the lady who will be her teacher. We were told that she had type 1, but it turns out she's actually type 2. To me, it's no big deal... she knows how to check a BG, she understands about carbs, and she seems so on top of things. She even took it upon herself to do some research before the meeting.

We went over Elise's needs, showed her the CGM and all of Elise's supplies. We even had a low BG while we were there, so it was good for her to see how we treat it. I was impressed at how proactive she was, especially when she asked if she could check Elise's BG during the meeting (at a time we would normally be checking, of course).

The school was ready for Elise to start this Thursday (tomorrow), but we're still tweaking her insulin since the move to full-strength and I don't feel like we have it right yet. So Tuesday will be Elise's first day of school!

And now that inscription has taken on a whole new meaning. Yes, I am afraid of letting her go, but I love Elise. And she needs me to let go of her so she can start to find her own way in this world. Yes, even at the tender age of 3, she needs to start taking those baby steps towards independence. And because she is mine, I can always feel confident that she will come back.

Especially since she will be so loved and well cared for while she's away.


  1. Oh Joanne! I'm so happy for all of you! Elise will have a great time, and you will also so enjoy some 3-year-old-free time. Lily started pre-school this fall, and she absolutely loves it. Be prepared for a couple days of tears, and "I don't want to go to school", but she will quickly adjust and love it!

  2. Yay! I have goosebumps and such a good feeling about her going to that pre-school!

    Good luck! She will do GREAT and so will you!

    And yes, she will always come back to her mama!

  3. That's great news! I'm excited for all of you. :)

  4. YAY BIG GIRL ELISE! Oh Joanne, she is going to love it. I cannot wait to here all about her preschool days. I bet there will be some good blog material there. BIG SMILES...and (((HUGS)))

  5. Sounds like an amazing place and a great teacher! I know how hard it was to send a little one to daycare at that age...and how it is to send her to school now... I've finally realized that I'll still be worrying about her when she's 50 and babysitting a grandbaby :p

    Hope that the first day is fabulous!


  6. What an exciting step! Bitter-sweet for you I'm sure. You will both do amazing! I can't wait to read all about it!

  7. Oh wow! What a huge step for your whole family! It's wonderful that her teacher has experience with diabetes. Hang in there, this will be wonderful for you all.

  8. WOW that was a wonderfully written post!!

    It is the scariest thing in the world to let these little ones go into a world. Cara was 3 when she was in J.K. boy I thought that I would have a heart attack before the school year was done. And even with ALL the trouble and problems that we had (which I'm sure you will not run into) she was FINE...thank GOD!!

    She will do amazingly and you will love listening to all the stories about her new friends and what she did that day!!

  9. I'm so proud of your attitude and excited for this new step in Elise's life. I predict it'll be great for all of you. Jo, you're amazing.

  10. I'm so proud of your attitude and excited for this new step in Elise's life. I predict it'll be great for all of you. Jo, you're amazing.

  11. I know this is scrary and I dont mean to belittle that but think of how nice it will be to be able to give your newest little one some one on one mommy time that you charished with Elise. I am so excited you will have that. It will also help you to feel like you are a better mommy because it will force you to split up your day between the kids so you can focus on each of them individually. I AM SO HAPPY FOr YOU

  12. Very exciting! So glad God provided you with such a great preschool and teacher for Elise! Will be praying for you all on Tuesday especially!

  13. she will love it joanne you wait and see . My oldest was so happy to get in school and his little brother could not wait to go cause of the oldest talking about it .


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