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First Day of School

Wow. It's the first day of kindergarten for Anna and the first day of preschool for Ellery. I don't even know where to begin- all sorts of anxiety and excitement. Don't worry- I'm handling almost all the anxiety while the girls are handling all the excitement.

Ellery is going to a five day a week morning preschool run by the school district for kids with special needs. This is where most of my anxiety comes in. She's so little. Only three. And I'm a stay at home mom. Do I really need to put her on a bus and send her into other people's care five days a week? Well, kind of. She needs the speech therapy. Free daily speech therapy is an offer we just can't refuse. For now. I'm telling myself that we're just trying this out and if doesn't work for some reason, we can withdraw her.
She was absolutely thrilled to be going to school. She loves her backpack and her new shoes. She walked right in, told me "Bye, mom" and never looked back. She's so very brave. After I picked her up, I asked her what her favorite part was. She answered "Playing with my friends."

Anna is starting afternoon Kindergarten. Yeah, it kind of sucks. The girls aren't going to see each other really until after Anna gets home at 3:15ish. But, I had been hoping for all day kindergarten which would have been the same situation anyway. This morning was hard for Anna. I lost track of how many times she asked if it was time to go to school yet. She did have some worries. She told me she was worried that none of the kids would like her. So, we had a talk about being nice and how to introduce yourself. And look at her. Who couldn't like that girl? She was also a little worried that her principal was going to be Ms Trunchbull. Maybe reading Matilda and then watching the movie wasn't such a great idea this summer. I reassured her the best I could on that account. Those were only brief worries. Mostly she was excited to meet her new best friends and show her teacher that she already knows how to read some words. I took her to school but she decided she wanted to ride the bus home.
I think she's going to do great.

I've been trying to keep myself calm (and tear-free) between all the dropping off and picking up and now waiting for the bus by sewing together some of my finished star blocks. I just had to add a little note to this one. Now I'll always know exactly which block I was working on on such an important day. Wouldn't it be great if I passed this quilt on to Anna one day? 


Adam and Gwen said…
Ooh I LOVE the note on the star block! That's too awesome. So glad you held it together. :) Chloe has had a full week already!! She's already had 1 show & tell, her first fundraiser, and her first award for being such a great student. It will get so much easier! :) I guess it helps that we also see her Kindergarten teacher every Sunday too. :) Can't wait for the girls to get together and talk about Kindergarten experiences!
balloongal said…
I can't believe it. It does seem like Ellery is so little still. But, it's good that she's excited about it. Fun fun fun.
And Anna. She'll have no trouble making friends. What a sweetheart.
Yay, kids. Hurray.

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