I Think You’re Ready…

Ella's First Day

Right up to the line I was in two minds. Do we go or don’t we? We had been invited to a tea party yesterday at the little lady’s new school as part of the whole settling in, getting to know you process. We had been to one before, back in June just before the little man was born. A lovely evening for the parents to socialise and learn more about the school whilst the little ones played leaving us to scoff strawberries and cream and sip Prosecco, or in my case back then, Elderflower in the hot and sticky school hall. Today it was a tea party in the school gardens, a kind of prequel to their first day. I was anxious about going on my own with the two little ones and trying to find reasons not to go. In the end I reasoned with myself, strapped the children into the car and drove towards the school trying not to think too much about my anxiety. It would be worth it.

The little lady has talked about starting school ALL.SUMMER.LONG. To say she is excited would be an understatement. School, in her mind means she will be a big girl. That she will finally be like all her older cousins who go to school, and I of course have only wanted to encourage her excitement and enthusiasm. We’ve talked about wearing a uniform and having school meals, about going to the toilet by herself and sharing things, taking turns and using her manners and about all the fun she will have making new friends. So to deprive her of this last opportunity to run around and meet other children before school officially begins would be wrong.

I know she is ready. I have known she is ready for months. She thrived at nursery, but I couldn’t help but worry over the last few weeks that she might have got a little too used to being at home and to being out of routine. To lie ins and late nights and whats worse, having her own way far too much. I wanted to check that she actually remembered what school was and what it looked like and that she was actually going to be ok with mummy leaving her every day for three days. The last time I tried to leave her for a couple of hours during her settling in afternoon was a bit of a disaster. She clung to me like a wet limpet refusing to let me leave. In the end I ended up squatting on the floor next to her which was no mean feat at 40 weeks pregnant. Eventually she let me go half way through. It could have been worse. Just.

But yesterday she surprised me. Yesterday she ventured into her classroom to play with the other children while the teacher talked to us mummies and daddies about the first day of school. She explored the garden, digging and getting muddy and wet with the other children. She played in the home corner and tried out the toilets for size and complained about having to leave when I said it was time to go. She had a truly fantastic time. If nothing, I am glad that we went just so that I could see her come alive at school with my very own eyes. I am sure there will be the odd difficult morning once she is less enamoured with it all, but hopefully they are few and far between and she will love being there as much as I think she will.

These first school days are special. A milestone of life and a reminder of time passing by. The last three years have flown and yes my little baby is all grown up but I think she’s ready and so am I..

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  1. September 7, 2016 / 10:12 am

    What a cutie! I’m sure she’s going to do fab at school #bestandworst
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  2. September 8, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    Oh bless her!! She looks like ready and raring to go for sure!! Lots of exciting new things to learn and do! Thanks for linking up! #bestandworst
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  3. September 11, 2016 / 10:11 pm

    That’s a nice idea that they do that for the kids and parents. Our school just do one settling in day (or morning) for new reception children. I do a weekly #schooldays linky if you want to join up now or in future.

  4. September 12, 2016 / 6:45 am

    Awwww, well done both of you! I have to say I am very jealous of a school that serves Prosecco! Youngest started pre-school last week and it was obviously the right time for her too. She has been completely fine! #MarvMondays
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  5. September 12, 2016 / 6:46 am

    Oh how lovely to have a couple of events for the parents to go to the school pre starting – it’s a big step for parents too but a wonderful way for children to feel more relaxed if mummy and daddy are there too. Glad your little girl took such brave steps. Really cute picture! #MarvMondays
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  6. September 12, 2016 / 7:05 am

    Oh My God she looks SOOOO cute and every so proud of her big girls uniform! I am loving reading about this milestone – such a big one for you and for her. It sounds like she took it all in her stride though <3 xx Thanks for hosting lovely x #MarvMondays
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  7. September 12, 2016 / 7:55 am

    How adorable does your little one look!!! Bless! I have been reading a lot of parents and this milestone this week, I bet it’s crazy to think your little girl is now in school! She looks so cute! #MarvMondays
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  8. September 12, 2016 / 8:35 am

    She looks absolutely adorable in her uniform, I’m sure she is going to thrive in school. First days are such a huge milestone and children are always way more ready for it than we are! I would have kept Eva at home forever given the choice but I know deep down that she is having a wonderful time! #marvmondays

  9. September 12, 2016 / 8:44 am

    Sounds like she is a little star ans settling in so well. #MarvMondays

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    September 12, 2016 / 9:18 am

    Fab post she looks very excited about going my twins started last week and they have been absolutely fine as I am sure yours will thanks for hosting #marvmondays

  11. September 12, 2016 / 10:35 am

    Aww she looks so sweet in her uniform. I love that she is so excited about school, it must make it that little bit easier to let them go when you know they want to be there. How lovely to have such a nice settling in session as well. Good luck to your little lady (and you!) on her first proper day #marvmondays
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  12. September 12, 2016 / 11:18 am

    We’ve been taking some similar pictures this morning as it’s my little boys first day at school. He is definitely ready but I still had a lump in my throat when I left him this morning. Such big steps for our little people! xx
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  13. September 12, 2016 / 12:00 pm

    It’s so nice to hear how it went, because I remember replying to your tweet about being anxious about going! I’m sure it has put your mind at rest to see her enjoy herself so much in the school setting. It’s such an anxious time but I wish you both all the luck in the world 🙂 #MarvMondays
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  14. September 12, 2016 / 12:07 pm

    She sure looks ready to take on the world! Congrats on getting through the first days.

  15. September 12, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    She looks so much more grown up that 3 in her picture! It’s astonishing how fast they grow. I hope she enjoys it and you all settle into your new routine. Children love playing with their peers more than almost anything else so I bet she continues to have a wonderful time! #MarvMondays
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  16. September 12, 2016 / 1:15 pm

    Sounds like she’s settling in very well in school. Such a lovely first day of school photo! #MarvMondays

  17. September 12, 2016 / 3:53 pm

    Oh my what a little cutie. She looks so excited, bless her. Well done for pushing through your anxiety and going along. It can’t have been easy. It sounds like she will be just fine settling in.x #marvmondays
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  18. September 12, 2016 / 4:53 pm

    Well done for biting the bullet and going along to the school, especially with a tiny one as well! I pretty much hate going to anything school based on my own, but always feel pretty chuffed when I’ve done it when I can see how much my little ones gain from it! Your little lady looks like she’s so excited! It’s a great time of life 🙂 #MarvMondays
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  19. September 12, 2016 / 6:16 pm

    First few school days are so important and special arent they? We’ve had a great first week back in Year One although Evie is disappointed about the lack of playing! #marvmondays

  20. September 12, 2016 / 6:25 pm

    Ah wow that’s lovely I’m glad it went so well and hope the big school is going well too I remember daring to go out when my two were a 1 year old and a new baby it took me ages to psych up the courage to do solo! Well done for going xxx #marvmondays
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  21. September 12, 2016 / 6:29 pm

    Aw bless she looks so ready and cute! They do just surprise you. I’m so glad it went well when you took the little man too, as could have been tough!! My daughter went to her second dance class this week and was amazing. I was so worried! Hope it continues for you 🙂 Thanks for hosting xx
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  22. September 12, 2016 / 7:04 pm

    She looks ready! I love this time of year. I’m a teacher and the start of term is so exciting. #marvmondays
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  23. September 12, 2016 / 7:19 pm

    Thats a really lovely idea to help the littles on get used to school and to let the parents see what goes on. I am sure she will have a wonderful time at school! (cute trainers too!) #marvmondays

  24. September 12, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    Such a lovely post and a gorgeous photo. It’s really good to hear you talk so positively about your daughter starting school. It’s interesting the way in which you highlighted your anxieties for the tea party, contrasted with her confidence. A really well written post. I hope she’s settling in well. Alison x #MarvMondays
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  25. September 13, 2016 / 9:26 am

    Well done for going to the tea party! Especially right now when you must be tired and busy.

    I’m glad she seems to like school. I have one who’s just started, too, and he’s also very enthusiastic so far. It’s such a relief!

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  26. September 13, 2016 / 5:37 pm

    What a brilliant thing for the school to do. Not only does things like that help the children meet, but it should help ease those playground nerves for new school parents too.
    Im glad it went well for her, and she does look adorable in her uniform. #marvmondays
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  27. September 13, 2016 / 7:41 pm

    I am tearing up reading this post. My son has only just turned four but started school in April. We had so many problems in that school that we decided to remove him. Today was his first day at a new school. I was so worried that he would struggle like he did in the last one but he didn’t. His teachers took time to talk to us about his day. When he came out he ran up to us shouting that he had had such a happy and fun day. Then cuddled his little sister and wouldn’t let her go.
    These days are very difficult for us parents but your right we must take them in as they are very special days.
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  28. September 16, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    Such a lovely moment and so nice when you know that they’re ready for their next big step. #marvmondays

  29. September 18, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    Oh bless her, sounds like a great school with lots of opportunities for settling in. Monkey is ready too and I am looking forward to seeing him grow and explore. But you are right it is definately a reminder of time passing! Thanks for hosting #MarvMondays xx
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