Tuesday, October 5, 2010

First Day of Preschool

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As I mentioned yesterday, Eli and Jude had their first day of preschool this morning.  It was actually super duper easy to drop them off.  I was expecting some tears or clinging to my legs as has been their new favorite "dont leave me" tactic but I got none.  Jude ran right into the room with an "OMG-TOYS!" look on his face and that was it for him.  Eli was a little more nervous and shy.  He didn't quite know how he felt about the room, there being so many kids, a new teacher, etc.  He slowly warmed up and gave me a little hug goodbye.  I guess disappointed isn't the right word to describe how I felt about our drop-off this morning because I'm glad that Eli and Jude were so excited to play and be with new people but I couldn't help but feel like it should have been more difficult.  I thought that they might miss me a little bit!  Obviously they did not.

Their teacher - Miss Brooke - told me that she was shocked to learn that they had never been to preschool or daycare before.  She said they were fantastically well behaved, played with other kids, and are only slightly behind the other children in the class (who are all more than 6 months older).  She asked us to work on drinking from a cup without a lid and using spoons at meal times.  She said that Jude loved the little shaker toys and wouldn't put them down.  Both boys were the envy of the other teachers and everyone loves them.  The older kids all wanted to play with them and show them all of the coolest things to play with.  They also had music class today and Miss Brooke said that both boys had a ball.  I'm so pleased to hear that they're adjusting so well.

I even peeked in on them via security camera in the school's office and they actually slept on the nap mats during nap time!  Miss Brooke was able to keep them in normal chairs around a table at snack time.  They listened and played like pros.  I'm actually kind of jealous because they are not even close to that well behaved at home!

Training for me was good and I have my first "real" day on the job in the morning.  I'll be in the kitchen all day learning the ropes and making food.  I'm really excited to get my hands dirty but I'm finding that I'm having a hard time adjusting to being a working mom.  Even though being a stay-at-home mom was frustrating and I often found myself questioning if it was the right choice for me, I'm finding now that I wish I had enjoyed it a little more.  I already miss getting hugs and kisses all day.  I'm sure it will get easier as I get into a routine and actually spend more time at the school where I'll be working - most of my day was spent at the off-site administrative offices.  Even if I am having a hard time transitioning, it is comforting to know that Eli and Jude seem to love the new situation.


  1. I have always found that going back to work after staying home is the very hardest thing to do, and have always shed tears at every phase. You have the best possible next situation by being right there with them and having the late afternoon and evening still together. I would say it gets easier, but it doesn't. I used to carry around a toy that records with your voices on it saying I love you. Anytime I missed you too much, I'd play it and look at your pictures, and I'd feel better. The kids will always behave way better with other people than with you, that shows that you are doing a great job raising them! Enjoy your job, make friends, have fun, and make sure that you make the best of the rest of your day together, and you'll all be fine. Love you all!

  2. I think Blogger ate my comment!

    Anyways, I was just saying that I'm so glad you and the boys both had a good first day. And hang in there - it will get easier with time. At least you have the boys really close - that must be super nice to be able to check in on them!

  3. I haven't checked in on you in awhile. It is great to see all the positive changes! Try not to feel bad about the boys not seeming to miss you. It may seem counterintuitive, but their ease at adapting is completely a tribute to wonderful parenting and healthy attachments (not that only kids who adapt easily have wonderful parenting, just that yours clearly do! Now that you are working, maybe a dinner picnic or weekend get-together is best!