My baby is now in big school. How did that happen? And when did she become so independent and school-ready? Carien is 6 (August baby) but is more ready for this day than Boeta is (at 8 and going to Grade 3).

Carien was up at sparrow’s fart this morning, getting dressed and ready. She absolutely loved putting on her brand new school uniform. I wonder how long it will take her to realise that big school also means no princess dresses, sparkly jewelry, cutex or pink anything. It won’t go down well.

I crawled out of bed a bit slower – someone had to mark stationary and cover books until very late (or early, depending on your point of view). And I can tell you that it wasn’t Wouter…. In his defense, he did make me tea. And if you know me, you know that a cup of tea will take you a long way in my opinion.

Either way. Here are some pics of the day.

At my mom’s house on our way to school.  Boeta is firmly in Hand Gesture Stage.20140124-153515.jpg

One of the few pics where Boeta’s hands are “normal” or normalish at least!  This was in front of Carien’s new classroom, just before assembly.  (Carien 6yo, Grade 1 and Boeta 8yo, Grade 3)20140124-153529.jpg

Blurry, but there she is in the row of Grade 1s.  Please note her daintily folded hands!20140124-153546.jpg

In her new classroom.  And yes, she sits right and the back and she is very impressed with the view!20140124-153608.jpg

Woutertjie in his new classroom.  Doesn’t he have the most beautiful stationary container?  Self-made, I will let you know.20140124-153616.jpg

Well, now we wait and see what they have to say.  Today is my last day of leave, so I am picking them up after school.  And from tomorrow my mom is back on duty.  I really really want to be a SAHM and pick up my own children.   <—-  I never ever thought I would say that.  In my whole life.  Ever.  But it is true.


More “5 year” events

Since the “5 years from diagnosis” post we also had

5 years from meeting our oncologist

5 years from hearing that the tumour was actually inside Boeta’s heart (apparently it said so on the first scan, but we were too shell shocked to interpret the medical-speak)

5 years from first chemo

5 years from starting hair loss

5 years from having his Broviac put in, and Wouter being told that Boeta “won’t survive the surgery, but that is OK since he won’t survive the cancer either”.  Ha.  Take that, unbelieving doctor!  That same doctor removed his Broviac in 2010 and told me that he was very grateful to have been proven wrong.  I am too.

In a couple of weeks we are celebrating 5 years since Boeta’s first clear scan.  In a way it feels like his re-birthday to me.  He was born on 5 April 2005, but on 16 March 2009 he was reborn to us.  We are blessed.