Today was Aspen’s first day of school! Which really means it was her first day of “Parent’s Day Out” which really means daycare (I think). Clearly I don’t know how these things work.
When the twins were born life got a whole lot crazier. Aspen always loves going to the park, going to her gymnastics class, and playing with other kids but I wasn’t able to do these things with her as often because of the demanding needs of two infants. By the time I realized that preschool might be a good idea we were already well into fall and way past the beginning of the school year.
Nevertheless I did some research and chose three local preschools to tour with Jimmy. We made our decision based on the intimate feeling of the school and loved that it’s focused on playtime. (We figure she will have plenty of years to have a more structured academic environment.)
I talked to her about going to preschool for days leading up to her first day – which ended up not happening TWICE due to her being sick with the flu the first time and a cold the second time. But finally today was the day. When I got her out of her crib this morning I asked her “Do you know what today is?” She slowly and thoughtfully replied, “Pee-school.” …and my heart melted.
She was so excited and borderline anxious all morning. It was kind of a crazy morning with me waking up with the twins, giving Hayes his breathing treatment and Hart his antibiotics, Jimmy making breakfast for Landon and Sutton and getting them off to school (two separate schools with two separate start times), getting Aspen dressed and fed, packing her lunch, and out the door! But this will soon be our new normal and it really wasn’t that bad, I had everything planned out perfectly and other than Hart puking over my entire outfit and having to change, it all went smoothly.
Aspen was so cute in the car ride and kept talking about Nemo and Mr. Ray (in the movie, Finding Nemo, Nemo goes to school with his teacher named Mr. Ray). When we got there she walked inside with Jimmy and me toting her lunchbox, milk, and backpack (complete with a change of clothes and diapers).
She remembered her school from when we toured it and was so excited to see all the kids. After getting a few pics snapped Jimmy and I disappeared as she was distracted. No tears from mom, dad, or Aspen – hooray!
When I picked her up she was excited to see me and gave me a huge hug then ran back toward her classroom to “help” a little girl with her backpack and pick up her brand new Christmas tree artwork she created. They said she fit right in. I knew it was time for her to start! We may have started school in December but it worked out perfectly for Aspen.
How’d we adjust her schedule?
Aspen will go to “school” two days a week from 9-1. She eats lunch there and then comes home and takes a nap. She typically napped from 12-2 so I adjusted her nap to later in the day over the past week. Today she slept from 1:15-3:00.