10.9.12

363. Daniel's First Day at Pre-School.

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We survived our first day of Pre-school. Honestly, I was never really worried about Daniel, he often plays very independently and isn't worried when I leave him with anyone else. I, on the other hand, wasn't sure how I would do. Daniel and I have such a great bond, and he's such an amazing kiddo, I love spending time with him. Being without him is like missing a limb, so strange not to hear his little voice jabbering away, making me smile.

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We had a home visit last week, where two of his teachers came to introduce themselves & talk about Pre-school. Daniel was pretty excited as he went to bed last night, we'd told him it was like toddlers but without Mummy, he didn't seem to mind one bit. We got dressed, took some pictures (he didn't quite get the hang of holding the sign and smiling at the same time, and was more interested in looking at the words himself. Oh well, they're more 'real' this way!) and walked up to school. We went in, hung his bag and coat up, and straight away spotted a farm and house to play with. I was told to stay as long as I wanted, and I stood and watched him for a few (maybe 15) minutes, holding back tears. It was so difficult to leave him, and when I said I had to go Daniel happily said "Bye-bye Mummy" and gave us kisses. I'm not sure whether that made it easier or harder to be honest, knowing he didn't need me anymore.

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I held back the tears all the way home, and decided to head into town with Joshua to take my mind off missing my big boy. We needed to get some permanent pens for writing his name in things, some Wellies to keep at school and some shoes he can put on himself (which I didn't find and am thinking of ordering him some Tiny Toms) I snuggled Joshua close in the sling, smelling his sweet head and trying to savour every second of my baby. The next thing I know he'll be starting school too.

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I even managed to feed Joshua, tidy the kitchen and put some washing out before going to pick him up. He'd had a little meltdown at tidy up time, but I think that was just because he didn't want to. He's too clever. It was amazing hearing him tell me (and Daddy, and Uncle Connor, and Grandad) all about his morning - "Me play trains. Me share trains. Me sing sing. Twinkle twinkle little star, roll roll roll, snap snap snap crocodile." He's excited to go back tomorrow, which is great.

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It's good for us all. Good for him to have that little bit of independence and socialising. Good for Joshua to have some one-on-one time with Mama. Good for me to get some errands and housework done, so I have more time to play. Bittersweet though.

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Lots of Love
Momma B
xxx

1 comment:

  1. You must get some of these pictures printed, they are so lovely. It sounds like he did brilliantly.
    I am dreading when Seb starts, as we've always been together. He is like Daniel though and very happy to play and will happily go with someone.

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