Most days are like this:
Often, she is very proud of her daily creations and she just wants to talk about her day.
But, sometimes, you're greeted by the teacher who kindly tells you that Lola had a real "emotional" day and refused to try to stand on one foot or walk on the balance beam. Or, she had to be put in the nursery when the firefighters were there because she completely freaked out when they tried to do a fire drill.
So, I had no idea what to expect yesterday when I went in for my first parent-teacher conference. Admittedly, I was a bit nervous.
But it went great!
Basically, she is doing quite well academically and is continuing to come out of her shell a little more every day.
Each morning, the kids are asked to greet one another, shake hands and wish them a happy day. Lola has flat-out refused to do this every single day.
But this, week, on Monday and Wednesday, Lola kind of looked toward her teacher, who smiled encouragingly. Lola glanced at the kids on either side of her, and, in a barely audible whisper, she said, "Good morning."
The teacher said she was so excited for her that she wanted to jump and down and clap.
* smile *
Lola is a complete sweetheart. But she also is very, very stubborn (again, completely because of Ray, I have no doubt).
A couple of weeks ago I took the girls with my aunt to a nearby pumpkin patch. It was a lot of fun. Slides, rides, wagon rides.
She even loved the little kid-sized maze.
But then I made a very stupid decision...
Lola? Yeah, NO.
Within about 5 minutes, she started crying and begged to get out. I had the stroller so I just figured she would sit next to Millie and chill out for a bit, have a snack. Yeah, not so much. She got worse the deeper we went. And, within about 15 minutes of entering, we realized we should probably leave, but we really couldn't. About 45 minutes later, we finally got out of the stupid maze with Lola positively shaking with fear.
To this day, she continues to tell everyone about the "super scary corn" that we couldn't get out of.
The thing is, though, no matter how intense Lola can be when she's scared or against doing something, she's just as intense when she loves doing something. Playing Barbies, dollies or dress-up, playing board games or painting. She is into it all at 110 percent.
And that goes for Lola cuddles, too.
And those tight, good-morning hugs each day are awesome.
- Bethany :)