Today was John's first day of preschool. I have been so anxious about it for weeks. I just wanted to have it done and over with. I've never left John with anyone in months. Before that he was only left with a babysitter (usually his grandparents) a few times. He is VERY mommy-oriented. He doesn't like me to leave his side unless he is very comfortable in a place. This is exactly why I signed him up for preschool. Anyway, today was his first day.
I made sure he started the day off with a healthy breakfast (glass of milk, bowl of cereal, banana). I even photographed it (although the quality of the breakfast was much better than the quality of photos due to my lack of flash--must get a new camera!).
As we discussed his day at school, John showed some excitement. However, whenever we talked about me leaving him, he would decide that he'd just stay home and play. We finally left the house with his new Diego backpack (what he settled for when we couldn't find Elmo) and his new red lunchbox (which he wanted to dig into right away).
We got to school and John, Norm and I walked to his classroom. He seemed both excited and anxious. I knew that I had to handle the whole leaving thing like I would handle pulling off a band-aid: I had to do it quickly to make it less painful. After giving John one last pep talk, I gave him a big hug, said good-bye, and turned and walked away to the sound of him screaming and crying. It was awful!
I brought Norm home and cleaned my bathrooms while Norm napped. Yes, time to myself and I cleaned--I can't believe it myself. Anyway, the hours went by quickly and before I knew it I was on my way to pick John up at school. I got there a little early and parked the car to wait for 1:00PM to arrive. I could see John out on the playground. He was playing and having a good time. I was thrilled!
1:00PM came and I rushed inside to get John. I was greeted by this:
And a smiling, happy little boy. He had only cried for 5 or 6 minutes before giving in and having fun. I'm so excited! In fact, I'm blooming great!