It was inevitable, really, that RETURN would be my word of the week as on Monday the new school term started.
But I wasn’t expecting the first week’s return would be so emotionally charged, for all of us!
Mademoiselle was my emotional child on Monday, not my five year old!
She enters into Year 4. Although she’s still in the same school she is now in the upper school building. This means lining up in the same space as the year 5 & 6s, who look huge, btw!
She’s gone from being the biggest in the playground pack to the smallest. She’s naturally cautious & this expressed itself at the weekend and on Monday morning. She was craving lots of hugs and holding hands, between the (irrational) emotional outbursts. But we got thru it and drop off on Monday wasn’t all bad. And I got the biggest hug at school pick up.
Little Mister sailed into Year 1, returning to school as if he’d never left. So happy and full of beans.
Returning to school also brought with it playground politics. I’ve dealt with name calling, lost clothing, falling out with friends and lots of scrapped knees. Maybe the children are all a bit feral at the moment, finding their feet within their classroom Pack – I only hope this week isn’t indicative of the rest of the school year!!
Returning to our routine has been tough this week, and by the end of the week I was left with Little Miss Grumpy & Mr Tired! Just look at these faces, taken at the end of the first week!
Taken on Friday morning, doing a great impression of Little Miss Grumpy & Mr Tired!
This weekend also sees the return of Strictly Come Dancing, which means Mademoiselle will be staying up later on Saturday nights. It’s her ‘grown up’ time with me & Dadtired where she gets our undivided attention!
Eeking out alone time with Mademoiselle can be quite difficult, so this is precious time together. And although Dadtired isn’t a ‘Strictly’ Fan he’s outnumbered…at least until Little Mister gets bigger!
I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.