Drop off went well. Emma tucked all her belongings in a cubbie and found a table and activity to play while all the other kids came in. Tim, Molly and I were Emma's entourage during all of this. Emma did satisfy me and pose for a few pictures, but was really ready to get the day started. After a quick hug goodbye, we were out the door. Tim did peek around the corner right after we walked out to see Emma ask another little girl to play and the little girl said "yes". That's always nice! ....and no tears from Emma! That's huge :)
As we were walking out it was very hard for me to hold back the tears. I sort of hid behind Molly so I wasn't that mom crying after dropping her kid off. I blame pregnancy hormones....but also the fact that Emma has come SO far. You all know about the plight of my shy girl. She's gone from fighting back the tears for most of preschool to all but pushing us out the door on her first day of kindergarten. And boy is elementary school BIG compared to our little First Baptist Preschool. Emma was the big cheese at preschool last year. Now she's back to being the littlest in the school. I sent my dad Emma's first day of school picture and his response was, "I think you were not so happy about going to kindergarten.".
I worked that day so Tim got to pick her up. When she was in preschool, the hours were 9:30-1:30. Her new school hours are 9:15-3:45. It was torture waiting until 3:45 to see how her day was. Tim texted me after he got her and said she had a great day and that I could call if I wanted to. At that point it was 4 and I was off work in an hour so I figured I would just chat with her about it in person. When I saw her, she was just like, "Hi mom."...and want about what she was doing. It's like pulling teeth from this kid to find out about her day. All I got out of her was that her favorite parts were eating lunch in the cafeteria, playing outside and rest time. Oh, and that she made friends with two girls and their names were Lizzy and Isabella. That's it. That's all I got. BUT....that's way better than "it was so horrible I just wanted to go home I missed you so much I hate kindergarten".
So....it was a great day. I'm so thankful! Now, we will see how she handles a full week. I have a feeling we will have some early bed times for a bit while her body adjusts to this new schedule.
You've come a long way, baby. I'm so proud of you!
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