Huge changes going on here. Last Wednesday was the first of preschool/daycare for the boys, and today was my first day of work. Last week I was dropping off both boys, Sam at his home daycare and Nathan at his real big-kid preschool. Starting today, Jon takes Sam to his daycare while I take Nathan to school and then I walk to work from there.
I totally cried after dropping Sam of at his little daycare, but that was all me. He clearly loves it there and was comfortable pretty much from the start. Jon hadn’t been there yet, so when he drove Sam this morning he was kind of talking to himself wondering if he was in the right place, at which point Sam piped up from the back seat, “DOG!!!!” Meaning yes this is the right place, it’s the place with the DOG!!! He’s been a little bit clingy with me since we started, but he has basically not cried at daycare. And everyone there keeps telling me how cute and happy and friendly he is, and what pretty eyes he has, which of course makes me very happy.
Nathan was the one I was more worried about. The move has been a bit rough on him for sure. Just being in the new house has gotten him feeling more settled, but he’s been asking me pretty much constantly for new friends since we got here. So far it seems like he hasn’t found a close friend like he had with Andrew at his old school, but is clearly happy with school and it makes him feel very grown-up going to a “big guy” school.
This afternoon he was explaining to Leigh how school works; “First we have play time, and then we do check-in time, and then we have snacktime, and then we play outside, and then we have lunchtime, and then it’s rest time, and then Mommy comes to get me!” He was also playing “school” with her for about 45 minutes, which involved him taking my little lunchbox and setting off to cross El Camino and the train tracks all by himself because he’s such a big guy.
He did have a little trouble with rest time the first day, and apparently tried to argue that at home he got a rest time truck. They were amused by my explanation that he takes a truck to bed with him every night. They said no to the truck but one of the teachers rubbed his back to help him rest. Much to my surprise he’s actually even fallen asleep during rest time a couple times. Ah the power of peer pressure, with all the kids curled up on their little mats with their little blankets. Nathan was delighted with his new blanket he got this week, which he described as an “ABCD blanket”. He did have one bout of crying on Friday, apparently because one of the teachers did something unexpected during naptime, and he’s even more sensitive to “that’s not the way things should be” than today.
I don’t know if it was due to the nap, but he was in a great mood this afternoon after school. I think this week is going to be very tiring for him, but he’s making the adjustment quickly and I really hoping this is going to make him feel more settled.
Sam has been talking so much recently, I can’t wait to watch him break out the Spanish he’s going to pick up from his daycare. On Sunday we dug out the duplo blocks, and we found a little duplo construction guy that Nathan decided was Bob the Builder. Nathan has also been singing the Bob the Builder theme a lot recently, plus we went to the Bob the Builder exhibit at the Discovery Museum, so Sam has been hearing a lot of Bob the Builder recently. Anyway, when Nathan dropped it, Sam nabbed the little construction guy and presented it me saying, “Bob Da Bil-Da”. Leigh was quite annoyed that one of his first phrases was based on such poor construction practices.