I’m sure I’m not the only one, but my oldest child will start school tomorrow. He is 4 and starting preschool. I also have a 1 year old daughter, for the last year or so since she was born I’ve pretty much been a stay at home mom. I worked full time when I had my son, but thankfully was able to work less after my daughter was born and am even able to take them with me sometimes. For the most part the last year I’ve been with the kids most of the time.
I remember when I told people that I had signed him up for preschool, multiple people asked me if was gonna cry. All I thought for months now is, “Why would I cry? It’s just preschool?” Now I see why they asked that! As the day approaches I find knots in my stomach! Someone else will be taking care of my child! A stranger! Ok, not really a stranger, I went to this school when I was a kid. His teacher’s husband was my 7th grade teacher, both of her children went to this school, so not really a stranger, but you know what i mean!
His teacher came to our house last week to meet him. They got along great! We went to orientation last week and toured the school and the classroom again. I know he will be in good hands, but he’s my baby! I know, he’s 4, but it seems like just yesterday I was bringing him home from the hospital.
It also occurs to me that this is the beginning of a long road of homework! I know he wont really have homework in preschool, but I also know that the carefree days of only playing are winding down and the reality of school is upon us.
I am anxious to take him tomorrow and will take lots of pictures, but i know i will feel empty once he is gone. I do look forward to stories of school and seeing the projects he made though.
Now I just need to figure out how to keep my little girl a baby so she won’t grow up and leave me too!