There has been so much going on over the last month and I get sad with myself when I go through phases of not wanting to blog as sooooo much has changed recently. We have been making lots of important decisions and I have been getting a lot better emotionally (with my mental health) but having all sorts of interesting issues physically, and I’m under investigation for a few things. As I sat and thought what on earth could I break this blogging silence with as there are too many posts inside of me to write. I want to take this time to celebrate our happy in school Shayla-Rae.
Shayla is such a beautiful character in so many ways, quiet around some company, but really she has an absolute firework of a personality. So much joy, laughter, and a very cheeky sense of humour. Her laugh is infectious and will have you in hysterics if it catches you unaware, and probably even if it doesn’t. It’s a proper filthy laugh that usually comes out when she’s plotted something naughty, or when Judah’s decided to talk about poo, as boy toddlers often do (or if my husband is anything to go by, this is something boys never fully grow out of).
Shayla can appear introverted sometimes at home. When you’re one of four it can be really easy to get caught up in the crowd. She’s never demanded much attention I guess is the main thing with Shayla as I sit and write this. She was so well behaved as a baby, a toddler, a pre-schooler. She was NEVER EVER any trouble. I am not exaggerating. She would go on time out for various things when she pushed some boundaries, but this was very rare and never a big drama (well apart from maybe the first time). She was dancing from the age of 2 and 2 months, she ran into her first ballet class without so much as looking back and followed instruction amazingly well.
We definitely misjudged this little beauty. I think because she was so quiet we assumed she wasn’t as bright as Isis, who had been the centre of attention her whole life, so talkative and wowing us with her extensive vocabulary and amazing recollection of information she had learned. We were so busy trying to deal with the many issues that Isis was facing at school we assumed that Shayla wouldn’t have any of those but neither would she have the demand for being pushed academically, or so we thought.
Happy In School
As it turns out, Shayla-Rae is an absolute freakin’ genius. This child inoffensively just sits at her desk, gets her head down and does the work that she has been set until it is done. She is such a delight, everyone who has the pleasure of teaching her goes on about how great she is. She has been winning little school awards left, right and centre ever since she started September 2014 but last week it seemed to really catch our attention just how teachable she must be. We’ve recently started attending a new church. There’s about 85 children in the kids group that the two eldest attend. They split into different age groups and the teachers rotate every three weeks. On our first week Shayla came out with child of the week award, on our second week, Shayla came out with child of the week award, this same week she came home from school with the ‘Headteacher’s Award’ for being so bright and happy in school all the time. Also another star award which she seems to receive a couple of a term. I don’t want this to sound like we’re bragging. All of our children are amazing and special in their own unique ways, but I just wanted to take the time to celebrate Shayla-Rae right now.
Not every child thrives in a school environment. Some learn better outdoors, some if they are home educated. This does not make the child any better than another, we are all so different as human beings and the whole point of I’m Every Mum is to celebrate diversity. I just wanted to take this time to say well done to Shayla-Rae and tell her how proud of her we are and how much we love her. We are so thrilled that she is happy in school and that it was worth driving so far for this to be the case. I want her to be able to look back here when she’s older and know that we did not overlook this. We appreciate how helpful, caring and teachable you are Shayla. If you listen to instruction and follow it well from the right people, you will go far in life. It is our duty to help guide you in wisdom to know which voices to listen to. We are super proud of you princess. Never stop being you and know that if you never won another award for the rest of your life, for anything it wouldn’t change the way we feel about you one little bit. You are loved because you are you.