Ryan's first day of preschool was yesterday. She was very excited about the whole ordeal. We picked out an outfit, had some breakfast, took pictures and got her all ready to go to school. We all went, as a family, to see her off. When we arrived at her school she was eager to get to her class. Once they were allowed in, she ran to grab a puzzle. I reminded her to get her name for the wall and showed her where to hang her bag. After all of that, she returned to her table to play with the puzzle. I took a few more pictures and talked to her a little bit. Jonas kissed her goodbye since he had to get going to take Hayley to school.
After he left, she still sat at her table and worked away on her puzzle. Ignoring me. Breaking my heart. I told her I was going to get going and kissed her good bye. She ignored me a little more. She was content with her puzzle. I again told her I was leaving and that I would be back a little later for her; she gave me a content, no fear, mommy I'm fine look and returned to her puzzle. I guess it was my cue to go. I bit back my tears and walked out the door. I glanced back a few times to see if anything had changed, but no. She was fine. I had my moment back in my car.
Even with all her shyness and occasional clinginess, I was shocked at how she just seemed to ease right into preschool. I didn't expect it at all. Hayley was always to eager to be at school, learn new things and be with her friends. Ryan is usually timid, analyzes situations and is cautious before fully taking part. She was definitely shy around the other children, but wasn't fearful of the situation. Maybe it's because she wants to be like her sister, who knows. Even though I was sad she didn't need me more, I was really proud of her for being such a big girl.
When I picked her up later that morning, she told me about the song on Hayley's iPod that they got to dance and sing too. (Laurie Berkner's; We are the Dinosaurs) She told me that she had colored, played outside and had a snack. Her papers were all colored with yellow, her favorite color. She wanted to know where was her homework so she could do it with Hayley in the afternoon. When I asked if she wanted to go back tomorrow, she told me yes. Today she was just as eager to go back. She greeted her teacher with a hug and let me kiss her good-bye.
|Her new outfit.|