Last Tuesday was Penelope’s first day of Kindertarten! I had meant to write this on Friday afternoon so we could have a full week’s perhapsctive of her first week of going to school every day, however, I got busy so here we are today doing this up for her.
The night before, we were driving home from Greg’s Dad’s house when Penelope started to cry. When we asked what was the matter, she said that she didn’t want to go to school in the morning because she would miss me too much. Needless to say, I was crying behind my sunglasses too. I didn’t want her to see this because I was worried it would make things worse (for both of us) so I collected myself and both Greg and I told her that she would be ok and that she was going to have so much fun at school. She wasn’t convinced. She was upset again when we were tucking her in but in the morning she seemed to be ok. I am not sure what brought this all on as she has been going to preschool for the last 2 years and this was never a problem.
She picked out her own outfit from her closet which I think helped out a lot. She has to wear socks so that she can wear her indoor shoes without getting blisters. But really, she wears socks with everything so it wasn’t much of an issue.
She was so excited to use her new backpack that she had picked out at The Children’s Place. This backpack screams Penelope!!
Finley and Penelope walking to school together and for the first time ever, I would be leaving them both there as I walked home by myself. All by myself….
Finley and Penelope both line up on the same tarmac but Finley is in Row A (the first) and Penelope is in Row N (the last) so they are pretty far apart from each other. So we say goodbye to Finley and Penelope tells her that she loves her every day and then we proceed to where Penelope lines up. All 3 of her friends that she knew before going to school are all in the other morning K class. This made Penelope a little sad. She missed her best friend. She gave me a giant hug and kiss before going into the school and then we blew each other kisses, captured them and put them on our hearts. I then told her that if she ever got sad then she could put her hand over her heart and feel me there and she would be ok. She walked into the building and I turned around and cried the whole way home. And then once I got home, I had real big cry and then skipped my run, grabbed starbucks and came home which I proceeded to do for most of the week. It was much tougher on me then I imagined. Today (Monday) I think I am back into the swing of things and hopefully creating a new routine.
At 11am, I walked to school to pick up Penelope and as you can see, she had the best day. She made a friend too and she was very excited to tell us how she did it. She said she was reading on the carpet and another little girl sat down beside her and Penelope asked if she wanted to be her friend and the girl said yes and the rest is history. She has made plenty of new friends but knows the names of none. That will come in due time. They read the story “The Kissing Hand” and made a craft to give to us. It is the best story and we love it very much as it has been read to each girl on their first days of preschool each year and now kindergarten. The craft is just the cutest and may have made teary eyed a bit again but I have been fine ever since. She said she missed me but was ok and asked if I missed her.
This was taken on Friday after 4 straight days of school. She is adjusting well and happy leaving school. She tells me in great detail how she spent her morning. Going to school every day finally took a toll on her as she was fast asleep in bed by 545pm that night and didn’t wake up until 730 Saturday morning.