Up until her first day of preschool, my baby girl had never been watched by anyone outside of the family for an extended amount of time! The longest I had been away from her was when I was in the hospital with her younger sister (and Daddy was frequently going back home to spend time with her and Grampy)… and let’s face it, I was in and out of the hospital and actually shopping in less than 48 hours after I had given birth! So really, my little Sweetie-Belle’s first day of preschool was a huge shock to us all!
We had discussed preschool with her prior to her first day, but I don’t really think she understood exactly what it was going to be like. Honestly, I had no idea what it was going to be like! We got her dressed, packed a bag, brought her lots of changes of clothes since she was still having some potty accidents at the time and brought her in.
Immediately I felt so different! Thankfully, so so thankfully, as soon as we got there, Stelle ran directly into the preschool room and lit right up! She was finally in a room filled with children her own age who she would get to interact with. The greeting we got upon arrival was outstanding. I was so blessed to have found such a great preschool for my daughter. It really helped to put my mind at ease. The only disappointing thing? She ran into the room so quickly, I never got to give her a hug and a kiss goodbye :(. I beat myself up over that for most of the morning, but eventually I told myself I would snuggle with her as soon as she got home to make up for it!
It was SUCH a slow day! I ended up coming home and cleaning, just to try and keep my mind busy on other things. I watched Cake Boss on Netflix afterwards until 10:30, when her sister finally woke up. I had no idea she would sleep in so long on days when her sister wasn’t around. So the rest of my day was filled with a ton of things that I just never really felt like I had had time to get done when I had both children home with me alone during the day. I took the little one grocery shopping, I really spent time just focused on her… hey, it was a new experience for her too! She’s always had a big sister around and I believe that she appreciates the time off to just be alone with her parent(s). The only thing I didn’t have time for was going for a walk with my little one in the stroller.
I would say that after the first few hours or so, the day seemed to go by a little faster… until Amara went for her nap! I kept myself busy working out, cleaning again, organizing! Either way, eventually it ended up being time to pick her up and boys oh boys, I was nervous and SO anxious! I had really considered picking her up early but was advised not to by my friends :). So I went to pick her up, and… you know what? She didn’t want to come home! So had had such a great time, I was so glad to hear that she had had such a great first day.
Now that a couple of weeks have passed (she’s only in two days a week), I think we’ve kind of got this down pat. She really enjoys being there, but she truly loves to come home with us too. I never know truly what to expect as there were a couple of times that she didn’t want to go, but as soon as she was through the doors, she was perfectly okay. I’ve noticed some pretty big improvements in certain areas as well. Since she’s been in preschool she’s totally finished daytime potty training, her speech has improved (not drastically, but.. it has still improved for sure! Which was the whole reason she got into daycare in the first place), and it’s really become a good routine for us now.
Thankfully, it’s only 2 days a week :),
So what do you guys do to occupy yourselves while your little ones are in preschool/daycare?