So for the last 8 days Wendemagegn and Beza have been asking “We go to school mom?” I’ve been doing some “school” (and I use the term loosely so as not to disrespect the serious home school folks) at home since the 5th. But they have yearned to go to school. They love to learn and I think they need the social interaction as well. Mom is only entertaining for so long.
It has always been our intent to put then in school with Noah and Natalie, it was just a matter of timing. When would they be ready – emotionally and educationally.
Well their English astounds us really, has since we met them. Sure, there is a lot of basic vocabulary of “things” that they don’t know but they will probably pick those things up so much faster in school than with me.
So we told them that they would need to get shots first. They had blood drawn for the medical clearance in Ethiopia so that is the closest thing they related it to even though I tried to explain the difference.
So Monday we had our appointment. We’re actually taking them to a new pediatrician. Our prior one is further away and because of a few things I had been thinking about switching anyways. Our new pediatrician was recommend by Stacey and we loved her. It was a complete surprise, and bonus, that she is African American and, it turns out, has several Ethiopian friends. She was extremely familiar with some of the “adoption” issues that we brought up. Yeah!
She gave the kids a choice. They needed 6 shots and they could either do all 6 or they could do 3 that day and wait a week and come back and do 3 more but we told them they needed all 6 before they could start school. My brave children sucked it up and got all 6. They actually double teamed them with a nurse on each arm and they did “1, 2, 3” poke, “1, 2, 3” poke, and “1, 2, 3” poke. I held Beza in my lap (dad and Wendemagegn were outside) and she did GREAT. No tears at all.
We went off to get a sucker and dad did the honors with Wendemagegn. He cried just a bit at the last shot but recovered quickly. So brave and determined.
So today we met with their teachers and bought school supplies. Beza got “fresh hair” tonight and tomorrow is their first day of school. It’s like sending your child off to kindergarten. I will be there with my camera 🙂