Karen's raring to go
SHE is dressed, has her Tinkerbell bag packed and can't wait for her first day at school.
Yet again Rockhampton's Karen Messmer is early, just like the way she came into this world.
Karen was born 14 weeks premature, weighing just 824 grams.
After three heart operations to fix a heart defect, the first when she was just a few months old, Karen is now pretty much on track as an everyday energetic little five-year-old girl, who loves ballet and Barbie movies.
"I was always worried she would be behind," mum Suzanne admitted, reflecting on her daughter's early years of blood transfusions, operations and initial thoughts that Karen wouldn't make it through.
"But she is definitely ready for school."
Suzanne said there would be no tears from Karen on her first day of Prep because she had been so excited to go.
"There will possibly be a few tears from mum."
Trying on her new school uniform Karen was skipping around with glee, particularly proud of her lace-up shoes, because she has learnt to tie them herself.
She can't wait to be a student at St Joseph's Park Avenue, the same school her big brother, mother and grandmother all attended.
"I want to learn to read," Karen said.