Well some of you may know, my son Gabe started preschool August 18th. While it’s been 2 weeks, I’m still finding it hard to leave him. No, I’m not still crying, I only teared up a little the first day. However, when I drop him off in the morning, he runs right in, finds a seat and starts playing with the other kids, which is great, but when I tell him I’m leaving he says OK and keeps playing. Hello! Give me a kiss at least!
What’s so weird about the whole situation is, for the first 3 years of his life, he would NEVER leave my side! EVER! The only people who could babysit was my mom or dad, and even then he’d cry sometimes or not let me leave! Sometimes he wouldn’t even want to stay with daddy! The first and only time he was left over night was when I went into labor with my daughter. I guess either it was because he was getting older or since he had a sister, he suddenly was ok with being left without me.
My husband starting working out at a gym and took him to the playroom there and he actually played and had fun! We went from only my parents watching him, to having complete strangers, in a strange place watch him! It gave me a much needed break, and gave him the interaction with other kids. We had enrolled him in preschool in the spring, before he started going to the gym, to try to prepare him for kindergarten. He is going to the same school that I went to when I was a kid. It is preschool to grade 8. It is a little surreal walking him thru the same doors that I went thru. Especially since 2 years ago I never thought we’d be able to afford it! He is only going 2 days a week, and half days, but he loves it! He even has a little “girlfriend”. It is wonderful to see him grow up, but it makes me sad that he isn’t a baby anymore. While I’m glad he doesn’t cry when I leave him, as I’ve seen some of the other kids do, he could at least pretend he’ll miss me!