Being Brickner : Waverly's First Day of Preschool

Friday, September 18, 2015

Waverly's First Day of Preschool

We decided to send Waverly to preschool for two half-days a week this year.  It really was an easy decision for us, we knew that she would love it & would do so well, plus thought that a sense of structure and time around other kids her age would be really good for her.  Other than dance class one hour a week, she really has never been without either a family member or her sitter (who she loves and has watched her since she was a little over a year), so it was definitely time and she definitely needed a few moments during the week where the world didn't revolve around her. ;)  We've been looking forward to it all summer, mostly Waverly, who has "waved" to her teacher every time we drive by the school.
We had both a parents orientation and meet-the-teacher day before her first official day of school.  My husband & I went to the orientation while my mother-in-law watched the girls, we had to fill out a sheet with characteristics about our child (um, she is amazing!, but wild, so get ready!), and then listened to all they were doing that year which was so, so exciting.  I can't believe we are already to this point - field trips & birthday cupcakes for the class, sign me up! - the whole thing made me feel like a legitimate parent. :)  Meeting the teacher was great too, as outgoing as Waverly is she can be quiet at first so I was a little hesitant about how she would do, but she rocked it, wasn't shy at all and loved every minute.

Since I work every other day now I am really excited to be the one to take her & pick her up every other week, but the way the schedule worked out I had to work on her first day.  Then, she got sick and we didn't send her, so it ended up that I got to be the one after all.  Which was really exciting and a little scary all at the same time, I wasn't sure how she would do when it came down to us actually leaving her there.  Sure, she talked a big game all summer, but when she realized that it was just her, Ms. Heather & the other kids (no mom or dad!), I was convinced she would get upset when we walked out the door.


And it turned out, she was totally not the one I needed to worry about.  Waverly did so great, she walked right in, sat down & asked the little boys who were playing legos if she could play with them, then started telling Ms. Heather about our dog, Bogger (her go-to conversation starter with anyone).  When I told her we were leaving, she just looked up & waved bye like she had done it a thousand times before.  I am so incredibly proud of her!

As for me, I cried the whole way there, in the school (in the school you guys, so freaking embarrassing!), and then all the way home (Avalon joined me for that one).  And just to torture myself a little bit more, I spent the majority of the time that she was there looking at pictures of her when she was Avalon's size.  I am going to blame all of this behavior on my hormones, I seriously didn't expect any of it, I usually am way better about that sort of thing but no, I was an emotional wreck.  And naturally, I was also the total creeper who was the first parent at the school for pick-up, there was no other mom or dad in sight, so Avalon & I stood and waited for about twenty minutes all by ourselves.  When Waverly finally came out, I asked her how it went & all she said was "they didn't have cookies for snack, only graham crackers".

We haven't gotten too much out of her about school besides the graham cracker statement, but anytime we ask her if she liked it she says yes & we have been since then (with no tears from anyone, even me!), so I am going to consider all of this a total WIN!  I know she is going to have the best year ever & I'm so excited to see all the greatness she has ahead.

And the happiest weekend to all of you!
XO

24 comments:

  1. Yay! I love it when they have a great first day! I feel like kids are constantly surprising us! I anticipated noah being a little upset, and nothing! On his second and third day he walked right in forgetting to even give me a hug or kiss goodbye! And whenever I pick him up I feel like he looks even older! I'm glad you got to be the one to drop her off on her first day, even if you were an emotional wreck lol ;)

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  2. Yay! Go Waverly! It does not surprise me that she is a pro at preschool. I love that she immediately asked to play with the Legos. That a girl! I did so well when Cam started 2 day preschool last year. I was pregnant with Emmy, so that time alone I got so much done. For some reason this year I didn't do so well. He walked right in like he owned the place and barely said goodbye to me, but I had tears. His teachers from last year laughed at me when I walked past their room. :) Letting them grow up is tough!

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  3. AWW!! YAY I am so glad she loved it :) It always seems hard on us parents than them!!

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  4. Love her little socks and boots! Too much cuteness! So glad that preschool is a good fit for her :)

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  5. She looks so cute, love her first day of school outfit. And don't worry about the emotions, you're not the first mama to cry. I can only imagine what it feels like to drop your lil one off at school for the first time.

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  6. I'm with ya on the whole crying thing - holy emotions and I didn't just have a baby!!! I'm glad she's loving it! We can never get much about preschool out of Brantley either, but he always says he likes it! Happy weekend!

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  7. I cannot believe how old she looks here! I am so glad she is loving school! She'll definitely be the best dressed gal there. ;)

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  8. Reed did his first day last week too and we also only had a snack conversation. I misunderstood and thought they got a morning snack, but only the afternoon kids do. He was ticked off at me by the time I got there. Whoopsie!!!

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  9. She looks so stinking cute! Glad she loved it. We can't get much out of Harper about school other than she plays with play dough every day haha. But randomly she will just start spitting out things she's learning or start singing a song she learned.

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  10. So cute! And that backpack, adorable! I think I had the same reaction too, especially this year, since next year he's starting kindergarten! Like a real legit kid in school, I know what you mean when you say you feel like a real parent now, lol.

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  11. So glad Waverly loves preschool and wasn't scared her first day. Elin was the same way! Brave little girls!

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  12. Aww, poor mama! I too am dreading the day I take Porter to his first day of school. Wahhhhhh.

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  13. Aww Mama...crying is totally normal! I still do it and Mason is five. I am sure little Miss Waverly was the best dressed kid there. What a big girl she is! Big hugs!

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  14. Waverly did so great!! And her outfit is the cutest.
    I was right there with you on Marcus' first day. All the tears from me, exactly zero from him.

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  15. CUTEST socks and boots ever! I love hearing about the first day of school, it does my preschool teacher heart good. I tell you, it is usually harder for the parents than the child, funny isn't it?

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  16. So happy she is loving it! Isn't it the best being on the other side of it now?! Peyton wasn't telling us much about her day either when we asked, but now we've been playing 'school' with her - she is her teacher & we have to be her friends. SO funny! ;)

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  17. Oh I don't look forward to that day. I have a hard enough time at the church nursery sometimes! Glad all has gone well and better for you!

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  18. Oh my gosh, so cute!! I love her little boots! So glad she's enjoying school!

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  19. I'm so happy she had the best time at school AND that you're able to be at home more!! What a blessing!

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  20. I love that top! So adorable! Hang in there mama! Each drop-off will get a little easier as time goes on.

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  21. Yay for a successful first day! I cried too! And was the first parent to pick up too, ha!

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  22. BrandNoonan here, just wanted to thank you for linking to my sign used in the photos. Your photos came out great and your daughter is really cute. Thank you!

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