First day of school
Yesterday was Kale's first day at his new school and his first day of full-day school! We went to an orientation last week at the school and had been practising walking there over our vacation, so he was excited to go back. When we arrived he saw one of his old friends from last year and I instantly became worried that he was going to be confused as to why they were going to different classes. However, Kale seemed distracted enough by all that was going on, that he just said hi and "you have a TRAIN on your shirt" and moved on.
His teachers met us at the door of his classroom and welcomed him in. His school has a "parents leave at the door" policy, which is tough for me, but I trust in the school that this is what works best. I told Kale I was going to work and he gave me a hug and a kiss and as I walked one way and his teachers encouraged him to come into the classroom, I saw a brief look of confusion cross over his face. I stayed confident, walked out the door, didn't hear any tears, and then shed a few in my car in the parking lot.
After spending two weeks with him vacation, it was really hard to be away from him all day. I spent most of my day wondering how he was doing and itching to see him. I rushed to the school for 3:30pm and his class was down playing in the gym. I talked to one of his teachers for about 10 minutes, watching him play. She told me he had an amazing day - ate well, napped well (!!!), was really into exploring all the materials, and loved playing in the gym. I was so, SO, happy to hear that his first day was a success.
Last night was a bit of head's up to both Kris and I that our schedule will need to change. Kale was so exhausted after his busy day and a "quick trip to the mall" resulted in two public meltdowns (which almost never happen) and very, very cranky little man. We came home, put him in his pj's, and he was asleep at 7:30pm (he usually goes to sleep between 8 and 8:30pm). I think tonight we'll stick close to home, take it easy, and shoot for a earlier bedtime!
Here's hoping the rest of the week (and year!) goes just as well :)