Grace has had an enormous week!!!!
It started last weekend when she stayed with Nanny Jo and Grumps for the whole weekend with Caitlin while Mum and Dad took a break at a respite retreat in South Perth. The girls were spoilt rotten by their grandparents, going to the Museum and the Art Gallery and just generally being loved and adored by their Nan and Grumps.
On Monday, Grace swam in her Top Gun races at the Arena and did a PB in 50m butterfly by 10 seconds. An amazing effort and one she was very proud of.
On Tuesday, Grace competed in her first school swimming carnival, picking up two third places in the "A" division races and one fourth. She got third in backstroke and breastroke and fourth in freestyle. She was pretty wrapped with her efforts and so excited about getting the ribbons that went with that.
On Thursday she took the day off school to come with me to see the Doctor and have a look at the baby on ultrasound. Grace had a list of questions for the doctor which she asked and listened very closely to the answers. She was given her own photo of the baby which is now in a frame, and sitting proudly on her bed side table
Then on Saturday, Grace celebrated her 8th birthday. Her present from Mum and Dad was a new bedroom. She was relocated into a bigger room with a new paint job for the walls ( one pink wall with fairy glitter all over it, and the others an off white ), all new furniture that was hand painted to match her walls and a new doona cover. She celebrated her birthday with 3 of her friends who came for a sleepover and had a disco in the front room and then tonight, she had to go to mass to make her commitment for her reconciliation that she will make later in the year.
It has been a massive week for us all, but particularly Grace!!!! It's hard to believe my baby ( for only a little while longer ) is 8.
Caitlin has been fantastic, taking it all in her stride. She didn't get to compete in the school swimming carnival this year, but we have already decided that next year, she will compete in the kick board race. Unfortunately Mum didn't think about her entering for this year, but having been to one now and seeing how it all works, she would love the chance to participate and there is no reason why, with a bit of help, she can't get in the water and have a go. Luckily for us, we have an amazing coordinator of the special needs children who is more than willing to help us make this happen and is just as excited about the prospect of the previously thought of impossible to happen - how greatful to her we are!!!
Here's hoping that life will settle down a bit after such a big week, but I kind of suspect that's not going to happen for a while yet!!!!
I will keep you all posted........