Today was our first ever parent-teacher conference. We've had more than our fair share of FSP (family service plan) meetings and IEP (individualized education plan) meetings, which dulled the excitement a tad. DeLaynie has been attending school since September, and we have definitely seen substantial progress. We still wanted to hear from her teachers about how she is doing.
Their educational assessment was similar to our own. (Continuing to progress, but needing some work in language comprehension.) What I enjoyed hearing, though, is that DeLaynie is a happy kid. Her teachers say that she gets excited about everything that they ask her to do. Sure, we knew that, but it's nice to hear from someone else. She is quite the bubbly little girl!
We also received her school pictures. I wish that I could show it to you, but that would be illegal. Suffice to say, I think we'll have to protect her from a career as a child model. (She needs to concentrate on other things, like snuggling with Mommy.) Seriously, even I was surprised at how beautiful my little girl's picture was.
DeLaynie is always surprising us. Last night she asked for marshmallows. I don't know what she would do with them if she had them, but she wanted some, for whatever reason. Edwin told her that he was sorry, but he didn't have any. Her response? "It's okay, Daddy. I forgive you." We're not really sure where she got the "I forgive you," part. We don't tell her to say it because it would be meaningless, or even dishonest, if she isn't actually forgiving someone. The teachers said that they've never taught her that phrase, either. Apparently, she just picked it up from when she gets in trouble, apologizes, and receives forgiveness. No, we can't get her to say her full name, but she understands forgiveness. Sounds pretty good to me.
I have a feeling that DeLaynie's life will be full of surprises.