The start of a new chapter – school!

Yes, Colin turned 3 years old a few weeks ago and that means that he just made the September 1st cut-off to start school this fall!  Months ago, I knew that he was ready for the challenge, there were just a few more tasks that he had to master – potty training, hand washing, and dressing himself.  This summer was a very transitional summer for Colin in preparation for this new beginning – he switched from his crib to a big boy bed, he goes all day and night without a pull-up, and he can put on his shoes, pants, jacket, and backpack all by himself.  We all worked really hard to help Colin learn and practice these skills and we’re thrilled with his accomplishments.

Monday was the first day of school.  We eased into it with an orientation day to start.  Parents and kids explored the classroom, met the teachers, and introduced themselves to classmates.  (I think this slow start was to make both the kids and parents comfortable with this transition!)  Wednesday was the first true school day.  We all arrived before the bell and waited anxiously for the teachers to open the doors so the children could enter.  Colin couldn’t wait – he was ecstatic!  As soon as Colin saw his teacher, he was ready to run in.  I have to admit that mommy got a bit teary-eyed, but was able to keep it hidden.  After a final good-bye kiss, he entered the school for his first day.  Mommy and daddy turned toward the car, daddy got dropped off at the train and I headed home.  When I entered the house, I honestly didn’t know what to do.  As a stay-at-home-mom, I haven’t been without Colin at my side for over 3 years.  The house got a quick cleaning, e-mails were read, and the grass was cut before I headed back out to pick him up.  When he emerged from school, he was happy to see me and wondered where daddy was.  I promised that we would Skype with him when we got home.  He opened his backpack and showed me the picture that he drew in class before we even started heading toward the car.

As the day wore on, I was slowly able to get him to tell me a few details of his day.  It’s weird not knowing all that he experiences in school when I’ve been with him for everything for so long.  I know that he’ll get better at sharing the details of his day and that I’ll slowly be able to piece stories together as I become more familiar with his school and friends.  At the end of the day, I was surprised by someone at the door with a huge bouquet of flowers.  Sean sent them to me with a congratulations for a job well done for getting Colin so well prepared for school.  All is happy in our house and we’re eagerly looking forward to a great school year!

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Playing in the classroom

Colin's locker and backpack

Colin’s locker and backpack

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With mommy before school

With daddy before school

With daddy before school

I'm ready to go!

I’m ready to go!