First Day of School
Summer is definitely not over, but school has started anyway. We were all a little anxious how the day would go and talked about it a lot as it got closer and things ramped up to the first day. This was going to be April’s first time going to preschool. And even though Abe has gone to this school before, they’re meeting at a new location this year, so it didn’t seem very familiar. ”Everyone gets a little nervous on the first day and has butterflies in their bellies. That’s okay! You’re both going to have SO MUCH FUN! You so got this!” It was extremely helpful to have my mom still in town to hang with Andersen so I could focus on the other two.
ABE: I could not have asked for things to go smoother. In the past we’ve had about a month of bad drop offs (even though he loves it) before we get into the swing of things. I was honestly expecting that this year too; there were a couple times when school things came up that I could see him freeze into that nervous/unsure mode. But answered prayer, being a year older, knowing some friends, and finding his own way to his class (“I can do it Mommy. I don’t need you to go with me.”) helped channel those nerves into excitement and, with tears in MY eyes I watched my eldest take those monumental steps all on his own. Sure, I was there, but he’s the one that grabbed the challenge with both hands and made it his. Proud, I’m so proud of him.
We’re both so ready and excited to take this step of University-Model-Schooling together. Sending him off to real school helps this momma heart when it’s only two days a week and we get to spend the other three learning together. Not so different than before, except our home time is more structured. This is what his teacher had to say about him from just his first day, “I adore your little guy! He is such a neat kid with a giant heart and a mature personality! He is quite the reader, too!! Amazing! I thanked God for putting him in my class as he made me smile BIG several times today.”
APRIL: Confidence from big brother helped give confidence to my sweet girl. On the drive, when she was talking about how she was a little nervous, my heart melted when Abe comforted her by saying, “April, I was nervous my first time going too. I think I cried like the first six times Mommy dropped me off.” I walked my girl to her class, pretty confident that I was going to have to un-velcro her from me (like I still do every week at swim lessons). But that wasn’t the case. We hung up her backpack, put her lunch box away, and found her name at the table. There was one moment of “velcro-ness”, but it passed quickly and I left to my Sweet Pea smiling happily and waving, “‘Bye Mommy! ‘Bye!!” My girl. So big. So proud. So ready.
The picture on the right was one her teacher sent from her first day – “We had a great day!” and “She is just precious.” I’m just totally amazed how she’s come into her own in the last four months. When I signed her up for pre-K in the spring it was with a bit of hesitation. She was VERY clingy to me at the time; getting out the door on my own was usually a big challenge, even though she was fine once I was gone. I wasn’t exactly sure she was really ready for school yet. BUT, I noticed in May that all began to change. She has blossomed so much in these last four months it’s just been incredible. She is suddenly a chatter box with anyone that will listen and is the friendliest little thing you can take around with you. Oh how she makes my heart ache!!