The First Day of Preschool

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My youngest, Morgan, started her first day of preschool on Monday.

After watching her big sister skip off to school for four years now, I can tell she is SO ready for it finally to be her turn!

This week is sort of a BIG DEAL to me. Because, now, for the next 9 months, I get three mornings a week with no children in the house. I have been a stay at home/work at home mom for 6 years and 3 months, so in a way, it is now my turn too!

Now, with drop off and pick up drive times, it will likely equate to 7.5 hours a week, but that is 7.5 hours of more time than I have ever had in forever, so it is going to be a new way of life.

A go ahead and “book that dentist appointment on a Wednesday morning sister because you CAN!” kind of life.

I had a funny moment when filling out the preschool registration sheet this time around for Morgan.  There was one section that asked if there is anything we should know about your child?

For my oldest daughter, I remember writing an entire paragraph of specifics about her. On and on, about how she will ask “is the flush loud?” and her obsession with “loud flushing” toilets, to a myriad of other details I am quite sure the teachers had a good chuckle over.

For Morgan, I just had one sentence, “She is sweet and can be shy, but I am sure she will do fine and love preschool.”

What a difference this time around. Things are just so much simpler.

So, if you are reading this today, on Wednesday, during the hours of 9:15am – 11:45am, I am probably sitting on the couch watching Kelly Ripa while snacking on bon bons. YEA RIGHT!

But hey, I COULD if I wanted to!

Anyone else have a quiet house this year for the first time? Want to come over for bon bons?

[First day of school free printables found here.]

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Change is Strange

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My 3 year 3 month “baby” is starting preschool on Monday.  I can’t believe it!   One of my girlfriends got Emma this Change is Strange book for her birthday called “My First Day of School.”   It has been a big help in preparing her for the big day!

The book follows Charlie (a fun, whimsical alienlike creature) as she gets ready for her first day of school.  Since Charlie is an alien, you can make “it” a boy or a girl!   In our house, Charlie is a girl.  It answers all her questions and addresses her apprehensions about starting school in a fun (yet still informative) way!  

I went to the website and found more great books on situations of change…new baby, moving, letting go of the pacifier, etc.  You can even personalize the books with the child’s name!

Change is strange for this mom too.  I even have some butterflies about her starting school!    I hope that the transition goes fairly smoothly.  However,  I am prepared for some push back and tears.   Maybe she will surprise me.  She has done so before! 

If anyone has any tips on making a smooth transition into preschool, please comment below.  I am taking any and all advice I can from you mommies that have done this before!

Have a great weekend everyone!   For those of you with kids that started school this week – I hope it went well and you are finding your back-to-school groove!  See you Monday (wish us luck on the big day!)  xo Jen

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