Preschool Has Started

All right, I know it’s Thursday and I usually do a green thing on Thursday, but I’m not today because I don’t want to.  So there.  You may have noticed, or not, that I haven’t been blogging much lately.  That’s because there’s  a lot going on right now at home with three small children and I just haven’t had time.  Sorry.  Hopefully as we settle into a routine, I’ll become a little more regular with the blogging.  And hopefully, someone will still read it.  Okay, now on with the preschool story.

Samantha and Ella started preschool a week ago Tuesday.  This is Samantha’s third year of preschool and Ella’s first.  Sam’s going five half days, up from 2, and Ella’s going 2 half days.  As usual, my expectations are never right.

Samantha is my sensitive girl.  By that I mean she cries a lot.  Stubs her toe, cries, gets told no, cries, falls, cries, and every year since starting preschool she has cried.  She cried for the first four months the first year.  Fine, she was two, kind of expected.  Then she loved it.  It surprised me that she cried the second year because she changed teachers.  She cried for about two weeks, then she loved it.  This year I was ready for the tears.  But, there were none.  She doesn’t even say goodbye anymore.  She puts her lunch away, runs to the playground, opens the gate, and dashes away.

She can stay all day this year if she wants.  My plan was to maybe do that after she adjusted a little to get her used to all day school since kindergarten here is all day.   But I was worried because they have mandatory nap time and Samantha hasn’t napped in a year.  I wish she would because she’s exhausted at the end of the day, but she won’t even be quiet.  It’s kind of a problem really because she keeps the other two up or wakes them up most days.  Well, she asked to stay for nap.  So last week she stayed for nap twice.  And she napped.  And Penny and Ella napped at the same time.  And Mommy napped.  It was AMAZING!  Now, this week she doesn’t want to stay, but I told her she has to on Friday so I can get some errands done.  It’s really hard to get stuff done when I have to run to school right at lunch time.  So she is.  And I will nap again.

Ella is my bold child.  She’s not a crier.  She falls, rarely cries unless she’s really hurt, Sammy hits her, she hits back, Penny pinches her, she pinches back, the 50 pound dog knocks her over, she gets back up and yells at the dog.  You get the idea.  She also is bold in new situations.  Often she’ll run ahead to try something while Sammy hangs onto our legs and cries.  So, when we dropped Ella off the first day and she didn’t cry, I was not surprised.  I expected her to love preschool from the get go and make herself the center of attention.  When we picked her up and learned she had cried when she realized we were gone, I still wasn’t concerned.  Day 2, surprised me.  Full out sobbing, temper tantrum, hanging onto me for dear life.  I handed her to a teacher and left.  As I was leaving I heard the door to her classroom (which has a childproof lock on the inside) banging back and forth and Ella screaming, “Mommy!  Mommy!”  When I came to pick her up, she was in different clothes because she had cried so hard she had thrown up on herself and her teacher.  Day 3, the crying was worse.  Today, Day 4, she started sobbing at home.  They say she likes it once she calms down, and I know she’ll get used to it, but she’s so sad and little, it just breaks my heart.

On the plus side, 2 mornings a week I have only one child!  And she takes a morning nap.  So, I got to take a morning nap and blog this morning.  At least someone had a good morning.

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14 Responses to “Preschool Has Started”

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  1. AZLB
    Twitter: azlb

    Hope you get the schedule down soon! And happy you had a good morning!

  2. kedamamahabibu says:

    I enjoy your blog. I feel I am reading one of my close friends’ blog. Also I read your cyndelella thing. My stomach is boiling.

    Have fun with children.

    I am a one of flyladies from Japan.

  3. kedamamahabibu says:

    Sorry, typo.

  4. Daenel
    Twitter: DaenelT

    I know it’s hard but everyone will adjust. It’s so funny how kids will often “swap” personalities. Mine used to do it all the time. I think it’s a way to keep the parents on their toes.

  5. Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli
    Twitter: kristinglas

    Oh dear! That isn’t much fun for her.
    We’ve a whole new school routine here too and my husband is in school and working for home. The changes in my day are just about doing me in. This too shall pass or something

  6. Fire Wife Katie
    Twitter: firewifekatie

    Ooooh – being able to sleep during nap time – heaven!! :)

  7. Aging Mommy says:

    Oh that must be hard seeing your usually strong and determined little girl having such a hard first few days in preschool. You are right, you think you know your child and then they surprise you. It will get better. One of the things I did with my daughter last year was talk to her about the fact that she should always remember that Mommy will always come back. Every morning when I dropped her off we would say that to each other. It somehow seemed to really reassure her.

  8. Leslie @ crunchybetty
    Twitter: crunchybetty

    I knew Ella and I had a special bond. I cried so hard this week I threw up, too.

    She’ll get there. And she’ll be so happy when she does. It’s so good you’re taking them as early as you are. I really do believe it’s SUPER important to let your kids really, really “socialize” as early as possible.

    Helps them not be the creepy kid with the hoodie in the corner in 7th grade.