This morning it was quite a momentous date. Mademoiselle’s second day at school & Little Mister’s first at pre-school, but they are both at the same site. Even DadTired took the morning off to do drop off with us all.
I was prepared for a bit of emotional heartbreak. For some tears – both him and me(!) – for some clinginess, lots of hugs and lots of deep breaths and positive words from me as I left him crying in the doorway.
Oh no! How wrong could I be? He couldn’t wait to go & he was in no mood for photos this morning, he wouldn’t stand still and pulled funny faces constantly. Cheeky Monkey! He just wanted to go and get on with it!
So much for a photo-cutie, of his first day at pre-school with his sister…this was the best of a (very) bad bunch!
I suppose it helps that his pre-school is on the same site as his sister’s primary school, which he has visited every day since he was born, but always with me or with his sister by his side. Although it has a separate garden/playground and teaching building, it has that feeling of being part of school, which makes for a fantastic & easy transition when the time comes.
And Mademoiselle & Little Mister can see each other at break-times and today they gave each other a hug *I’m welling up, again*
We’ve been working up to this day for a week or two, talking to him about going to school with his sister and how Mummy doesn’t go to school but will always come back at the end of the day, and we all go home together.
So when we got to nursery I helped him find his peg, his name badge and did the usual ‘have a lovely day’ cuddle-kiss thing that mums do, maybe with a bit of a linger because I didn’t want to let him go, when he said
“Let me go, Mummy”
And that was it.
He was off. Happy. Playful. Loud.
Of course I’m ecstatic for him; that he is happy to be independent of me, to be playful & hold his own in the company of his peers and be confident amongst other adults. That he was jubilant when I collected him and so upbeat and pleased with himself when he came back home.
But totally selfishly, one look back would’ve been nice!
Little Mister, you amaze me every day & I hope you never stop
I’m linking with Ethan’s Escapades and her ‘Small Steps Amazing Achievements’ Linky
Sara at Mum of Three World
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