Preschool part 2

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Dear Blake,

On your first day of preschool I was fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to take you to school and pick you back up.  We got ready and I drove you there.  Gigi met us there so she could take care of Owen so I could take you in.  We got in the building and the classroom doors were shut so we waited in the hall with the other parents.  I was trying not to cry so that you wouldn’t see me being sad.  You held my hand getting ready to go in.  I’ve never seen you stand so still and quiet.  The door opened and they let us in.  The teachers said to hang up your backpack by your nametag and go play with the toys at a table.  You did that and the teacher said that as soon as the children were playing and acting fine, then we can go.  So you were playing and fine so I said “Ok Blake, Mama has to go now, I love you and I’ll see you after school.”  Then you realized I was leaving, you started following me to the door and said “But Mama, don’t go, don’t leave me alone!”  That’s when I started tearing up but still trying not to cry.  There were many helper teachers in the room in case anyone was crying so I saw another buy crying when his Mom left and a teacher went to help hold him while his Mom left.  So I told a different teacher that I may need help with you so she said “I got him, you can go.”  So I walked out the door and stood around the corner and was tearing up.  I waited a minute and peeked back to look in the window but there were other parents doing the same thing so they shut the blinds so no one can look in.  They knew all the kids would be upset if they saw their parents still there.  So all I could do was leave.  I stood there in the hall feeling sad for a couple of minutes before I walked back to the car where Gigi and Owen was and started crying again.

Gigi helped me feel better by taking me to lunch and then in no time at all, it was time to go back to get you.  We went back to school and once again the door was shut and there was a line to wait.  I walked to the front to see if the blinds were open but they weren’t.  So I about to go back to wait and then the door opened and the teachers said “Come on in!”  As soon as the door opened, I saw you sitting at a table all nice just waiting like the other kids were for their parents to come back and get them.  Of course when I saw this I started tearing up again.  We went in and I gave you a big hug and asked you all about school.  The teacher made announcements and told us what you did that day.  I kept asking you throughout the day to tell me more and kept bugging you about school.  I just wanted to know everything.  Every last detail.  You said that you got to go to the gym to play hula hoops and had goldfish for a snack.  You said the teacher read the Kissing Hand and had you make a Kissing hand project.  You also colored an apple with crayons.

After school, we went to get ice cream with Papa and Gigi and Owen at Cupid Candies.  All in all, it was a successful first day of preschool!

Love,

Mama

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Preschool

Dear Blake,

Yesterday was your first day of PRESCHOOL!  I can’t believe I was taking my baby boy to school for his first day.  It was just a meet and greet day for one hour and I got to stay with you but it was still surreal.  We got to preschool and I took a couple of pictures with you before we walked in with your Mickey Mouse backpack on your back.  You were dressed up nice with your new shoes, ready to go for the first day.  You held my hand and we walked inside and we met your teachers, Ms. Anne and Ms. Debbie.  They had you find your name on a fish and take it to match with another fish on a board.  You were being shy but you found your name and did it.  Then I sat down to work on some paperwork about you and the teachers were talking to the parents while the kids played with toys on the carpet.  You were shy at first and then you picked up the toys and started playing.  You saw a box of Oreos on a table with some other snack you might have this year in school.  You whispered “Mama, they have Oreos here!”  The teacher had talked about going over to that table and showing your child what snacks they might have in preschool.  You were most excited about the oreos!  As the teachers were talking you whispered to me that you had to go potty.  I waited until the teachers were done talking and they said we should take our children in the bathroom so they know what to do in their since they cannot help the kids go to the bathroom.  The bathroom is right in the classroom so I took you in there and you were able to do everything by yourself!  Then we walked around the room and found your name on a lot of things.  It’s weird being on the parent end of everything.  For 10 years I have been on the teacher end and I know and appreciate how much time and effort goes into putting a classroom together and getting the kid’s names on everything.  It’s weird sitting there listening to the teacher talk about my child, when for so many years that was what my job was.

We talked to the teachers and you gave them each a present and they were so happy they gave you a hug!  Then I checked the board and there was information about a field trip you will be taking to a children’s farm!  We also signed up for a day they are going to celebrate your birthday in class.  After that we went to a little indoor playground area that all the kids were playing in.  You got to run around and play.  After that we left and went outside and took a picture I made with a frame that said “My first day of Preschool!”

The whole day was a success!  On Wednesday is your first real day by yourself.  I know there will be lots of tears (mostly on my end).  I hope you don’t cry because it will be very hard for me to keep it together, but I know I have to at least until I get out the door.  You will have such fun and make friends and learn a lot of things.  I just can’t believe this day is here…

Love,

Mama