I've been remiss in posting lately. Some of it has to do with just life getting in the way, but mostly I wonder if people want to read about Kate anymore. Her life is really that of a typical 3 yr old. There is hardly anything of note to comment about. That's good - it's what we've been working towards since she was born and I'm really glad she's come so far.
She started preschool last month. There were tears at first, but she's muddled through and loves her school now. She's my 4th kid to go to this school. I trust the program and have never looked back once I put them in it. I'm not at all the mom who is hovering at the closed door, peering through the window getting all teary about their baby. No, I dump and run. But with Kate, I did linger more - especially when I saw them plop her right in the middle of the line and she has no idea what "a line" is for. They treat her as any kid, and I'm not even sure if the teacher knows her full medical history - but I do and just watching them treat her regular made me cringe a bit. I got over it fast but I couldn't help but want to shout out "don't you kow what she went through!!". It's fine, I maintained my dignity and Kate has found her place in the class so it's all good.
Potty training took longer than I wanted it to, but it's pretty much done. Who ever says girls are easier - lies.
Kate turned 3 in September and had her well check a few weeks ago. This was her first full year trach free and her first full year without a feeding tube. She did great, gained 5 lbs over the year and jumped from the 5% to the 20% in weight. Her appetite is typical for a toddler and she clearly is able to monitor her intake appropriately. Whew!
Next Thursday she has her first appointment with the Cleft Palate Clinic at CHOP. It's an all day affair which I'm not sure how I feel about. On the one hand, I'm looking forward to showing her off. On the other, it's a perfectly annoying to have an ALL DAY appointment at a hospital 2 hours away on a day my sons do not have school. I guess we'll deal.
And I'll post about that later on.