October 8, 2010

A big day

          Yesterday was SB's first day at her new preschool. As I predicted, she jumped right in. She was so excited to go in fact, that she started screaming at us to hurry up and get ready to leave the house during breakfast. As soon as we arrived, she started to play with the other kids.
          She had a grin on her face that could not be wiped off. We could have walked out without her even noticing. In fact, we debated whether we should disrupt things by saying our goodbyes or just quietly sneak out.
          We did decide to give her a hug and kiss and say, "Have a good day." And she obliged by giving us each a hug. There were no tears, on either side. It was a peaceful and joyful drop off. I did decide I would stay at home or at least close by all day, in case there were issues. But there weren't.
          When I went to pick SB up, she was happy to see me. But she was so busy playing she couldn't bother to come over to give me a hug. I had to ask for it. She gave me a big one, but then went right back to playing. She was not the least bit interested in going home.
          The teacher told me she did great. She did not sleep at nap time, which does not surprise me. I thought that might be an issue, at least initially. It's just such a different environment. But other than that she had a fantastic day. It was exactly what I hoped for. And it reinforced our decision.
          Here are a few pics from the start of the day:

Look, they have cool stuff here!
The red one goes there...
Put me down, Daddy! I have things to explore!
OK, OK, I'll pose for pictures, but would you hurry up?
The play kitchen is always a favorite.
At the sensory table.

          So, how did I spend my first child-free day in almost two years? Well I didn't sleep in. That would have been my first choice. But I had to rise even earlier than usual to make sure she was up, fed, dressed and ready to go. Hubby made a comment about my ability to do so. I believe he has forgotten how I used to breastfeed every two hours around the clock and was still able to function. I can handle getting up a little early, believe me.
          Once we got her settled and I returned home, I was overwhelmed by how strange it was to be alone in the house. I almost didn't know what to do with myself. Which in itself was weird. I have experienced plenty of alone time before. I was single until I was 38 years old for crying out loud. But this was different; my first real alone time since SB was born.
          I had plenty of time to indulge in some activities which are very rare in my life these days. I took a very long, leisurely shower. I shaved my legs. I actually styled my hair. All of the above seemed foreign to me. I ran some errands. My big indulgence of the day? A pedicure. Hey, I live in Florida. We're still wearing our flip flops down here.
            Moving forward, SB's school days will not all be so relaxing. For the next several weeks, I have a to do list about a mile long as I work to get my condo ready to put on the market. It's going to be crazy. After that, I plan to dedicate this time to my writing. I'm going to treat it just as I would a job.
          When I did have a career, I was expected to be at the office for a specific period. I did not spend my days talking on the phone or surfing the Internet. I worked. I fulfilled my duties. And that is how I plan to approach my writing. No, I don't have a literary agent or book contract - yet. But once I do I will really need to take my writing seriously. Might as well start now.
          Of course, it's not really like I have two whole days without her. Let's not go crazy. She is in school from 9AM - 3PM. You'd be amazed how quickly that time can go! But I'll take it. And love it! And be happy to go pick her up and give her a big hug and kiss and bring her home. Assuming she even notices I have arrived...

10 comments:

  1. So glad she had a great day! And that you were able to enjoy some much needed mama time!!

    Caleb just looked at the pictures with me and said, "Hey, I met them at the zoo" :)

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  2. Sounds like the perfect preschool experience to me. So glad SB had a great first day! :)

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  3. Congrats! She looks very happy. Enjoy your productive time :)

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  4. Forgot to mention, don't get discouraged if she says she doesn't want to go to school or starts crying. My lil man was super happy at first to go to school, just like SB, then regressed for a few months. He cried every time we got to school, but as soon as I left the classroom, the teachers always told me that he calmed down and played normally. After a few months, he went back to being happy. He's now in Pre-K and loves it!

    Just thought I'd give you a heads up of what might happen. Enjoy it!

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  5. @ Krista - Glad we made an impression so that he remembered us. We'll have to get the kids together again soon!

    @ Linda - There were a few tears @ drop off today. She was not quite so enthusiastic. But w/in a few minutes she was playing, and they said she did fine. It's a major change for her, so there will be an adjustment period.

    @ Zelma - See my comment above. SB did cry a little when I left her there today. But, when I went to pick her up, she didn't want to leave b/c they were about to read a story. So we stayed for that. LOL

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  6. I love these pics!! Its bittersweet watching their independence. Proud, happy and sad at how fast they grow!

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  7. be proud. a child that will leave your side is a child, who in my opinion, is loved and feels secure and knows you would never put him or her in a situation that would be harmful. as much as you may miss SB you will realize that time time apart is just as valuable for her as it is for you.

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  8. @ Mari - That is so true! You do feel all those things.

    @ Anonymous - Thank you! I take that as a great compliment. And I agree wholeheartedly.

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  9. Sounds like you both had a great day! How nice that you were able to pamper yourself a little! The pictures are great, she is so cute and the school looks wonderful!

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  10. You took some really great first day pictures! I'm super jealous! Otto wouldn't even glance at the camera or stop moving long enough for a single good one. How huge and wonderful and melancholy and even kinda traumatic this first-days-at-preschool thing is! Good thing our kids are well-adjusted and awesome and we both seem to have chosen lovely schools. I think this is going to be good for us! :) So glad you found my blog, because now I've found yours!

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