Wednesday, September 9, 2015

What I Did During Ellie's First Day of Preschool

Yesterday was a day that had been on the calendar for a long, long time. It was Ellie's first day of preschool.

She'll be going 2 days a week. We are at a new school this year and so there is lots of new adventures ahead of her. I know she's been ready for a more structured environment after a long, hot summer with a big, pregnant mama. While I miss her while she is at school, I could really use a few hours a week to get everything ready for this little boy that will be arriving in just 2 short months. I've really not done much of anything to get ready for him and it's time to get my rear in gear, so to speak.

We had already gone to "Meet the Teacher" day at school last week, so she was familiar with her classroom and had met her two darling teachers. Yesterday we walked into the classroom. She walked in confidently, yet holding my hand. The school was so smart in their decision to make the first day of school "Teddy Bear Day", so every child brought a little lovey with them to ease any fears or anxiety. Ellie brought a teddy and I could tell it really did add an extra level of comfort. So sweet.

I stayed in the room with her for about 5 minutes. She hung her backpack up on her little hook that had her name, and got right to playing. I was so proud of her. It's a little intimidating to go into a new school, a new classroom, and not know anyone. But, she jumped right in. I gave her a kiss and headed out. Here's a few pictures from our morning:

So, the question quickly became "what am I going to do with my day?!"

Well, for starters, I had to go to Parent Orientation, so I spent the first hour getting the low down on the procedures, policies, and protocol for all things preschool. (This blog has been brought to you by the Letter P!) On my way back out to my car, I quietly peaked into Ellie's room to make sure she was adjusting okay. She was quietly sitting on the floor, tightly holding her teddy, while playing with a dollhouse. Sweetness.

After that, I decided to go get a good, solid car wash with an intense interior vacuum situation. Basically, I needed the summer washed out of my vehicle. It smells so good and there are no more crumbs or trash or assorted fast food wrappers all over the floors of my car. I'm beyond thankful.

Next, I headed to Dish Society where I had a long, leisurely lunch with two of my mama friends, Rachael and Courtney. It was so very lovely. I had a chicken salad sandwich with sweet potato chips and an iced tea. It was amazing.

I caught up on some phone calls, people I hadn't talked to in a few weeks. I went to Target for a few key items and then I literally strolled the aisles. One of my favorite parts of being in Target by myself is going through the cosmetic section. I actually didn't buy any makeup, but I sure did take my time pulling out various products and reading about them. I WAS READING MAKE UP PACKAGING, Y'ALL. This does not happen when you have a 3 year old in the cart with you.

On my way out of Starbucks, I stopped and grabbed a Decaf Grande Cinnamon Dolce Latte from the Starbucks and then drove in silence for quite some time. Coffee and silence.... I just haven't experienced that since May.

Lastly, I experienced something I have never experienced before but I know that I will experience for the next 15-20 years of my life: CARPOOL LINE.

Yep. I sat in my very first carpool line to pick up the Ellie girl. I had her name on a sign in the windshield and everything. Oh, moments like that make me feel like SUCH A MOM. But she hopped right in while her teacher buckled her in. She was thrilled to see me and said she had a good day and then she said "MOM DID YOU GO TO TARGET?!" after she saw the bags. Oh, yes honey, I did. And it was glorious.

She told me all about her day and her teachers and that she wants to go back. Makes my heart so happy!

In the future, I'll be making a better use of my time as we get ready for her baby brother's arrival, but for Day 1.... it was a pretty spectacular day!

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