I somehow missed writing directly to you last year. The last time I wrote, you were getting ready for kindergarten. Well, we all know how that school year ended…and then first grade was fully remote at home. It has been quite a year (or two, I guess now). We have made use of our extra time at home by doing playtime with the Chiplet, exploring our neighborhood, and mastering new skills like riding your bike and scooter, playing soccer, and working on academics. You have been so amazing through all of this. To keep things “real,” yes, we had some problems, but we are going to always have some rough waters in life, and I don’t think us being home together was what made it rough. I was grateful to get that time with you, since the Chiplet and I had already been missing you when you would be at school, so it was nice to get a little bonus time.
Thankfully we have been having many sunny days lately, so this activity works well. It works best for little kids who want to just color what you draw for them, or for bigger kids who can handle the challenge.
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I am writing this the night before your first day of Kindergarten, and let me tell you that I am so anxious. I explained to you how you can be happy and sad at the same time to help prevent confusion if I get teary at the bus stop. Other than when I was at the hospital to have the Chiplet, this will be the longest we have been apart. You started to get a little sad-voiced tonight telling me that “we will still see each other some, it will be okay” which tells me that you might miss us too but I hope I’m wrong.
What have we been doing to prepare? We picked out your clothes (with heavy input from me) and I packed your lunch while making dinner. We are sticking with sandwiches for now to make sure you have enough time to eat it (only 20 minutes from the time you enter the cafeteria!). I slipped a note into your lunchbag for you to read since my parents used to do that for me. You will also get the traditional first day of school chocolate chip cookies when you come home. I was thinking of using chalk to write a message on the sidewalk/driveway tomorrow, but it has been raining and is supposed to continue tomorrow, so we shall see.
I also made a checklist that I taped near the door for us to look at each day. I’m so worried we will forget your lunch/water/jacket/etc. Typical first kid in school worries, I guess.
Together you and I decided to make one of those chalkboard signs that so many people do for the first days of school. We opted to make one instead of using a premade one because we wanted to pick everything on it. You wanted favorite song, favorite hobbies, and favorite food along with future career.
I am excited to see how you like Kindergarten and am hoping that my worries won’t carry over to you.
As I write this, I am freaking out a bit. Today we took you to your preschool orientation. In a few days you will start preschool for real. While we sat at the orientation, I started to panic that I had chosen the wrong school.
- It seemed too crazy as we went in with all of the other families there.
- The bathroom is a public one and you get scared of how loud they flush…now you will have to flush them on your own.
- You just wanted to play solo and K mentioned that a Montessori school might have been a better fit after all (I still don’t think so but this gave me doubts too).
- They “hope” to teach you to read 25 words but you can already read every word in the room and more.
- Will you learn anything?
- Will you be safe?
- Are the teachers going to look out for you?
- Are you going to miss me?
- How will I make sure to get you on time when pick-up is during his usual nap and if I’m even a minute late you might worry?
And then I started to realize that my fears had nothing to do with the specific school. I mean, they do, but I would come up with any fears for your first time away from me. You will be with people I barely know and I won’t know what is happening while you are gone. The first day I might not cry, but I will likely be in a state of panic the whole time.
What do I hope for you with school?
- You will have fun.
- You will learn academics but also common sense and social skills, too.
- You and I will learn to be okay being separated for lengths of time.
- You will be excited to go.
- You will make friends.
- You will like your teachers, but still think I’m ok.
- You will be excited for Kindergarten.
- You will not be bored but will find everything interesting.
- You will not be the perfect student, but will try hard and mostly follow directions.
- You will be safe.
- You will listen and absorb, but also remember and follow what we teach you at home.
This will post on the day you have your first field trip. It is also the day I need to bring in snacks for the class. I did that on purpose, to help remind myself, haha. I think I will be there for your field trip, so we shall see how it goes. And by then, we will hopefully be following our new routine of school days and days off without as much panic.
Happy Start of School! Your life will be changing so much and you are now out in the world. I hope the world isn’t too hard on you but that you learn some good lessons along the way.
I know it’s been awhile since I’ve written to you on here. Over a year, in fact! But, it’s not like you haven’t been all over this blog anyway. So, I hope you don’t mind. Besides, I now get to have full conversations with you in person, so I don’t need to share everything to some future Fudgelet. (Will I call you just Fudge on here when you get older?)
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You are getting so strong, thoughtful, and clever.
I’m sorry I haven’t written to you for awhile. I really thought it had been sooner, but time keeps flying. You are into the “let’s not use months anymore” for your age category (even though I do still think of it in my head). You started using two words together quite awhile ago, and then more and more until you are definitely using sentences. Not all of the time, and I have to remind your dad to use sentences around you too (it’s easy to slip into Fudgelet phrases) in order to encourage you to do the same. Sometimes you are quite demanding “Mommy sit here” and other times sweet “Elmo and Bear need to sleep all night long” (wonder where you heard that one, haha!).
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Let me start by saying I am taking next week off on the blog. At least, that’s the plan. If I happen to have time with traveling and get the urge to post, I will, but for now…have a great rest of the year and a merry Christmas if you celebrate. If not, I hope December 25 is still fabulous for you.
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