Tuesday, September 01, 2009
When Sophia was still just creeping up from babyhood, I'd see commercials for the first day of school. All the supplies and shopping etc... and it made me sick with anxiety. The thought of being that kind of mom- with the van and the huge supply of pyrex-- buying notebooks and Elmer's glue and shopping at Mervyns made me very nervous. I would always remind myself that before Sophia was born, the thought of having colorful, plastic baby paraphernalia all over my house made my neck hair stand on end in the very same way. And once it was MY baby paraphernalia, it warmed my heart. "Baby steps", I thought, on several occasions. What a perfect saying.
And now she's off to a real, sizeable, preschool, and I wasn't even sure I was in to preschool a few years ago. But I feel almost completely comfortable with it all. I know it's not like she's started kindergarten. I didn't need to send her with any supplies or even lunch (except for one day a week.) But I do have to drive her about 17 minutes away as opposed to my roll out of bed, hold Mila on my lap and drop her down the street at Rachelle's house. What a wonderful first preschool that was. I do feel a little more pressure to have her hair combed so that crazy pillow-knot in the back of her head isn't showing off all day. I feel a little more responsibility to be punctual- not my forte-- I don't want to be that flaky mom. And I think more about it--will the kids be nice to her? will there be any bad apples? I knew all the kids in her first preschool.
But she loves it! No surprises there. And she still has a handful of her best friends with her, like you saw above. Tanner was a little nervous to stay, (that explains the expression above :)-- I thought it was too perfect Liz) so Lizzie's been going back and forth. But we're crossing our fingers that he stays since the teacher says they are joined at the hip all day long. How cute right? She'd be so bummed if he wasn't there.
So I'm a real-deal Tiny-Tot mom. I've signed up for snacks, filled out the field trip permission-slip, and coordinated bringing cupcakes in tomorrow for her BIRTHDAY! I still hate Mervyns, I drive a Pacifica which is really just a less convenient mini-van, and still use and reuse the tupperware that should be disposable (like the one's the costco ham comes in)...
All in due time...
but I'm really excited to have this social little (fit-throwing, door-slamming like a teenager) butterfly of mine spread her wings. ;)
It's pretty cool being a mommy.