Topic-Changing Thursdays: Dear Fudgelet, Part 7

Dear Fudgelet,

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?

I hope:

  • 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.

Love,
Mom

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Dear Fudgelet, Part 6

Dear Fudgelet,

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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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Dear Fudgelet, Part 5

Dear Fudgelet,

You are getting so strong, thoughtful, and clever.

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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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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Dear Fudgelet, Part 4

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.

Dear Fudgelet,

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Dear Fudgelet, Part 3

Dear Fudgelet,

It has been awhile since I last wrote to you. We are getting dangerously close to your first birthday, and I just can’t believe it. No way has it been a year! Really? I mean, yes, there has been so much that has happened, but at the same time, I still look at you and think back to being pregnant. Although it is getting hard to remember being pregnant. Probably a good thing if I ever want to give you a sibling, haha. Did you know there are women who enjoy being pregnant? I didn’t hate it, but I am truly not one of those women.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Dear Fudgelet Part 2

Dear Fudgelet,

I just had a really rough 1 hour and 40 minutes. But so did you. You are halfway to 1 year old, and I am no better knowing what to do with your sleep than I was the last time I wrote to you. You’ve been staying up for longer stretches now, and you’re definitely going through a lot of changes. Sometimes, we don’t know what changes until a week later (which is a long time in babyland). You’ve made big strides (pun intended) in moving while on your tummy…not quite crawling, but you’re headed in that direction (so many puns). I’ve watched you play with your toys in more intentional ways, moving them towards your face and away, examining them, examining us, examining your own body (you love those fingers and toes). We’ve even started you with some solid food! All of these changes make for fussy babies who need more sleep. Well, I’m trying to get you that sleep anyway I can.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Dear Fudgelet Part 1

This is a “part 1” because I am fairly certain I will want to write more later. But for now, this is the start of a letter to my son. My first-born (will I have a second-born?). The Fudgelet. The boy whose actual first name is quite long and meant that the cute Scrabble tiles at the knickknack store were out of the question…Here is a letter for you. You are still a few years out from reading this, and you might not feel like it, but if you ever do…

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