Hannah had been hesitant about going to school. When we would mention it she would sometimes burst into tears crying she didn't want to go to school. And of course, it broke my heart.
But ever since her orientation last week, she was excited to go... which was a relief to this momma, and made it slightly easier 'letting her go'.
The night before, we picked out a fun outfit and hung it on her closet door. Her school is very nature oriented and they go on walks pretty much every school day. They also paint. They are not allowed to wear shorts or capris, and they prefer you to avoid dresses and skirts but if you do wear them, you have to wear leggings under them. They really are just supposed to wear play clothes. So, unfortunately, I don't get to dress her very cutely. So I am trying to find a nice middle ground right now with letting her wear some of her new outfits. I'm sure the time will come wear I send her in sweats and a sweatshirt, but for right now we are testing how far we can go in the cuteness department before we ruin an outfit. :o/
In the morning, Hannah came out of her room and the first thing out of her mouth was 'guess what day it is??? my first day of school!'. I just smiled! :o) I made some special pancakes with sprinkles. Although, I think Hannah was too excited to eat because she didn't even finish one. But we brushed our teeth, got dressed and I did her hair and we got ready to go.
We are still working on our morning routine. It will only be made more difficult once the baby arrives, but we'll get it down! Mom will get it down! :oP
Nick took the morning off to be able take Hannah to school.
We had to take some pictures and video before we left for school though. I made a 'first day of preschool' sign for her to hold. (P.s. the chalkboard markers are awesome!!!)
After saying goodbye to her brother, we were off to school!
They are very efficient with drop-offs at school. You come in, hang up your tote, wash your hands and head upstairs. They tell the parents to not linger and to just say goodbye, give hugs and leave. Hannah had no problem at all with any of this. She hung her tote right up on her special hook and washed her hands. She had to pick out a card that had her name on it and then her teachers said she could head upstairs. No sooner were the words out of their mouths, she was already two steps up. I had to chase my daughter to get a hug goodbye...she was that excited to be there.
I was fine up until the point where she wasn't even going to say goodbye. That's when I kind of lost it. I definitely shed a few tears. :o( But it was okay because I knew she was going to be okay. She was excited and that made this mommas heart happy. It was time for her to go and make friends and gain some independence.
When we picked her up three hours later, she had a huge smile on her face. She had a great day and was already talking about going back and really that's all you can ever hope for...that your child wants to go to school. :o)
So, the first day of school was definitely harder on me than it was for Hannah but that's okay. We're still working on our routine but we'll get there! The first day is now behind us and now it's all fun times ahead! :o) I look forward to all of the artwork she will bring home and all of the activities she will get to do! I am especially looking forward to their nutcracker performance in December! Um...cuteness! :o)