Thursday, November 1, 2012

You are a Big Sister now

Hey there my sweet Juli.

You may have just met your sister for the first time, but you have been a big sister since the day Luci was born.

It warms my heart to see how you lovingly prepared gifts for us to take to her in the hospital. And the way you ooohed and aaaaahed over her pictures.

Here you are sleeping with a sterilized face mask and hair cap from the ICU that Luci sent to you.

Also an extract of what Mrs. Jacque (your Pre K teacher) had to say about you and how much you already care for Luci:

"I am so pleased to hear that Luci is progressing so well.  Julia keeps us up to date on her baby sister’s development.  She shared with us that Luci is now out of her incubator and sleeping in a crib.  Julia has made a lot of connections with her sister and the unit that we are studying, Growing Healthy.  For example, Julia stated that in order for Luci to grow big and strong, she needs to drink her mommy’s milk and that is the reason you spend a lot of time in the hospital.  And, now that Luci has grown and is a bit stronger, she can now sleep in a crib.  Julia always speaks with great excitement about Luci and I am sure that she will be a wonderful big sister. 

Julia is doing incredibly well in our classroom and she is understanding a lot of English and continues to make strong attempts to communicate in English.  She is very excited about our Costume Parade coming up next week and she has even started planning her birthday party, haha.  Julia is a very happy and smart little girl and we are thrilled to have her in our class.  I look forward to seeing you or Jose next week."

Speaking of the costume party. You looked terrific dressed as Jasmin.
Your Dad and I thoroughly enjoyed trick or treating with you at school.

We are so grateful to all who helped us retain some semblance of normalcy during the past month.

To Tia Judy who jumped on a plane and was here the day after Luci was born
and who taught you how to take funny pictures with the Ipad. It was good to have someone like her around. You know with a cool head, a warm heart and a smile on her face.

To Grandma Emy who was here to greet you every day after school and basically did whatever you felt like doing. Including being your ballet partner.
For reals, you are the only 4 year old I know that will sit through an entire ballet show on F&A.

To Grandpa who prepared all our meals for a month and taught you how to play basketball, as he taught me when I was a little snot nose kid. 

And to Tia Inky who prepared all kinds of crafty activities for you and was lucky enough to be here when Luci first came home.

It certainly takes a village! 
Today I am grateful for our village.

I am also incredibly grateful for the way you have embraced having a sister. The more I spend time with the both of you, the more convinced I become of how lucky the two of you are to have each other. Your always proud mama.

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