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Kayla, my oldest. She is 4 1/2 and is a sweet, loving and silly little girl. She took us 2 ½ years and 3 IVF’s to conceive. Kayla is allergic to dairy. We manage her allergy and work to balance her safety with giving her a normal childhood. Kayla loves to read books and play games - she amazes me every day.

Alysa, my youngest. She is 3 years old and is a silly little spitfire. She’s our monkey and loves to climb on everything. She was a “natural” baby, but it was only b/c of my wonderful doctors that we were able to stop an impending miscarriage. Alysa suffers from Acid Reflux Disease and sleep apnea. She may be little, but she has a big personality. She adores her big sister and is so much fun to be around. She keeps me laughing every day.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008
School Update
I apologize for the delay. Alysa’s pottery training is going pretty well (for the most part), but she is staying up later and later and wanting to go potty every 10 or so minutes at night until she finally falls asleep sometime after 10. She’s been up during the night a few times to go potty. This is all good, except I’m exhausted. Now if I can only get her to stop being so distracted during the day because that is when she has some accidents. But for 2 1/2 she’s doing great. The funniest thing is in the house playing with Kayla, she’s more likely to have an accident. Out and about she’s never had one and in the pool of all places, she’ll get out to go potty (I bring a potty out with us). But anyway, in addition to my lack of sleep, I have a cold so have been pretty miserable.

But, I had the meeting with the owner yesterday. I’m a bit up in the air about the whole thing. It went well overall, but I’m not feeling that much better about the director. The owner was very apologetic and even admitted to knowing how she can be. She admitted that she has been spoken to that way by the director before and she knows it can be a problem. She said the majority of parents have not encountered this, but in my opinion, one is too many.

She defended the director in the sense of, she was worried about the picnic and she was with her class. My point is if she was with her class, then she should not have chosen that time to say something to me. She seemed to understand where I was coming from and why I did what I did. I also made it clear that I was not “telling the other parents what to do”, but was simply informing them and asking for some assistance and that this is what I need to do. I also noted there was NO ONE of authority around to help me and they were contaminating everything in site. I explained that with regards to me being with Kayla, I had to know what was going on upstairs, without that, I could not adequately protect her. If I had been downstairs and not upstairs, I would not have known other foods made their way into the picnic and that the drinks were contaminated (although I always err on the side of caution anyway).

She assured me that the director cares so much about the kids and is very involved with the allergy protections they put in place. She assured me that she would never take out any ill feelings on Kayla and that she will not unduly influence Kayla’s new teacher against me. But…her point was that the director is professional. But, how can that be said when she was not professional with me the day of the picnic? She told me she was glad I went to her and that she did need to know. When I asked her if it would help or hurt the situation to have a conversation with the director, she said it may make the situation worse. She even admitted that the director may possibly not deal with me good in the future. And this is called professional?

She seemed pleased that I was happy with the care Kayla has gotten and told me in the future, with things of this nature, to go directly to her – the next picnic, etc.

I’m a bit at a loss right now. I certainly don’t want any friction. If it will carry with me, how can it not spill onto Kayla? But if it won’t I don’t want to go through finding a new school. The evil you know is better than the evil you don’t know… Not to say I think there is anything “evil”. But I also know I will most likely be up against much worse in the public school. And as long as Kayla is taken care of, who cares if the director doesn’t like me. Right? I hope so.

So for now, I will let things play out. I will be on high alert and gauge things better when I talk to Kayla’s new teacher in August.

Oh and in some very positive news. The owner is very interested in having their allergist come in to talk to the teachers and staff. It probably won’t be until October’ish since the school has very little staff there over the summer. But I’m very happy that she is interested in going that route. That went a long way towards easing my mind. The more educated I can get them, the better for Kayla and all of the others there currently and those to follow after her.

posted at 3:35 PM  

At 6:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought I commented but it isn't showing up I will wait a bit then come back ;)

At 7:47 AM, Blogger Nowheymama said...

I think you're right to wait and see how things play out. The planned allergist visit is a good sign.

At 12:07 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

I'm glad she was open to talking with you like that, but it still doesn't sound like the director is professional at all, and it sounds like the owner doesn't even know how to handle her director!


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