These are my 4 children waiting for the bus this morning. Pretty dark out at 7:45 . . . Yes, Sofia took the bus to school today. I went there about an hour later and hung out in the staff room. She didn't know I was there for another hour. Things went really well. Her class has a short day on Fridays. They had 3 hours, then lunch, then she took the bus back home (I drove home and met her there). Joel has the same schedule, so he was on the bus with her.
Getting on the bus for the first time.
Sofia amazes us every day with how quickly she is learning the language. She actually participated in the lessons at school today. Some people may be worried that she's rejecting Russian so much right now, but for her, it's a safety issue. She doesn't want to talk or hear Russian right now, and we have to respect that. For her, being part of our family means speaking Swedish. Maybe she's afraid she'll have to go back to Russia . . . I don't know. Anyways, in the future we plan to encourage her to continue to speak Russian -there's a program not so far from here for Russian speaking children that we can enroll her in.
Now, for the "wow" factor of the day. I got my first "I love you, Mom" - totally unsolicited. Technically, she said "Sofia tycker om Mama" (Sofia likes Mom) - yes, she speaks in the 3rd person - but I'll take it! She's been very cuddly today . . . I like it. And, I should mention that I did bedtime last night with no problems, and she was asleep within 35 minutes!