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!