Trial day at pre-school {ordinary moments #6}

When I took this photograph I had a lump in my throat. At the age of 2years, 10 months old Little Mister was on his way to his taster day at his ‘big’ pre-school.

I’m no novice at preparing for pre-school, I’ve done it once before with Mademoiselle. But this time it’s different.

From 13months old, Mademoiselle had a fantastic nanny looking after her in her own home for three days a week .  She then went into nursery at 2&1/2 years, and slipped into her three day a week routine there without effort and without too many tears.

Little Mister is different. He’s been with me, at home, 7 days a week for nearly three years. We always go to playgroups, music groups and have numerous playdates but he’s a real home-bird. Every Friday since January he’s been going to a nursery, but it took almost 6 weeks to settle him in to the idea that this is something he does without me. His cries of ‘No mummy’ still haunt me.  He starts pre-school this September, so I feel I have to start preparing him for that time. I have to remind myself that he needs to understand that mummy always comes back, and he can enjoy his time away from home in a pre-school environment without me.  It’s still hard, though *gulp*

I was so very proud of him.



On our way in he was trepidatious.  Cautious.  Pensive even, as the pre-school is on the same site of his sister’s primary school and we drop her off & collect her every day.

I was so proud of him at his taster day as him overcame his concerns by exploring and finding things out for himself bit by bit. He ended up having a great morning.  We explored the sand area, we did a jigsaw together despite the fact he never does jigsaws at home, we made funny noses at the junk modelling table, he played ‘making cakes’ in the Home corner /dressing up area with another child.  And the big finale saw him play in the garden with fellow newbie pre-schoolers, whilst I stayed inside and spoke to the teachers.  (To be honest I kept on sneaking a peak into the garden, watching him play with the football. He looked so happy).

On our way out he took his time; he said goodbye to the teachers, took a banana and explored part of the grounds he ususally only gets to look at from afar.






And he attempted to slide down the pole a la Fireman Sam – his new found trick – but this time whilst holding his banana.



It was a regular Thursday morning, apart from the fact that we both had a taster of what ‘ordinary’ would look like in September when he starts preschool.

But for now I’m just enjoying my time with him. Just the two of us hanging out & doing playdates during school hours, and I’m looking forward to a long summer holiday togeher with him and his sister.  I’m not thinking about the autumn. Well, not too much(!) *mummyshire gulps & tries to hold back the tears*


I am linking with Kate over at mummydaddyandme because this is an {ordinary moment} which she so eloquently entices us to capture


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I am also linking with Rebecca at SimpleAsThat who is a new blog find for me, and writes with a different dimension (probably because she’s in the US)  and captures life in pictures beautifully

And with Jamie over at TheOliversmadhouse. This was one of my first blog reads and I’m proud to be now adding to her magic moments linky

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  • Jaime Oliver

    awww honey .. big hugs!! i am dreading the next stage, in fact it breaks my heart to think about it!

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

  • Katie @mummydaddyme

    Lovely photos of your big boy! 🙂 Both my girls (who are 3 and 1) started nursery for the first time this year as I work two days a week. I cried when they both started, especially my littlest one, and it took them a while to settle, but now they both love it and I must admit it is the perfect balance for us all. I love to get their artwork home and it makes me so proud to hear about what they have been up too. x

  • Rebecca Cooper

    Beautiful captures ! I really enjoyed stopping by your blog. Thanks for linking up with the simple things. 🙂

  • Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    Nice. I have photo envy as I werent able to take photo of this event for my son. But I vividly remember it. Him crying for my name. He wont settle there. I have to stay awhile and when he got to play and meet some other kids he forgotten about me =P

    Your son looks so cool in his bag. I think that having, buying the bag is the rite of passage symbol that they are going to school soon. A true magical moment =)


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