As I walked Cayden to school today it hit me that this is our life. We will send our kids off to school for 6-7 hours a day for the next 17 years. Oh my word that is a long time! In two years we'll be sending two more kids to kindergarten and then two years will go by and we'll start the last one.
The truth is that school has gone great these last two days. Cayden has seemed to love every minute of it. I ask him 1 million questions every day when I pick him up and get about 3 of them answered. 🙂 He doesn't seem to mind that only him and one other kid bring their lunch, but he does seem to mind that his momma picks him up from school. His biggest request these days is to ride the bus. I'm just not ready for that, and I don't see the need when we live less than one mile from the school.
His teacher seems very sweet and I appreciate her replying to my email the other day because I know she must be super busy. They talked about germs yesterday and Cayden told us the way to get germs off your hand if you sneeze in your hand. You rub them together really fast b/c germs don't like heat. Um, I didn't know that one. 🙂 He was slightly disappointed about not knowing how to read after his first day of school. I told him to give his teacher a few weeks and then I'm sure he would start leaning how to read!
(sorry i can't flip it, but here's him with his teacher after the 1st day!)
He has already had music and art and I believe he has PE today. They are on a three day rotation with those electives. I'm hoping that he develops a love for all three of those electives and will become a very well rounded boy!
I am missing him during the day. I didn't realize how much I would until he's not here all day long. Deacon is really missing him throughout the day. Usually around 9AM each day he starts asking how many more minutes until Cayden comes home. Although it is super cute, it gets old about 3 hours into it!
Aaron and I were talking about how sad it is that he has to be at school and away from us for so long. Isn't there a way he can go to school from 9-1. Wouldn't that be fabulous. It hit us hard that he has now entered the stage in life where other people are influencers in his life. Up until now we have been able to select who has influenced his life. Now he's surrounded by others that have that opportunity for 7 hours a day. It's a scary thought. We know that we have him right where he's supposed to be for this time, but it's still hard.
I love him being in school. But I miss my baby.
i can totally relate – having sent Sam off to kindergarten this year. It’s easier, though because he’s the 2nd to go off to school. He too loves it, especially since he’s now like his brother. He said the night before that he couldn’t go because he didn’t know how to read yet – as if they wouldn’t let him in! once i explained that’s WHY you go to school, he was fine. i think it was the nerves talking! he’s had so much fun – but it’s hard to picture what they DO all day, when you get so little info out of em – is that boys?!
Our oldest, Lily, just started kindergarten on Monday. I just wrote about these exact same fears on my blog.
Hope his first week is going great! 🙂
I admire your honesty about the mixed emotions parents go through in all of this. My husband and I are having a hard time with it already and our only daughter just started preschool. It doesn’t make it any easier, but for some reason it does dull the questions a little to hear that other parents worry the same…..
I read this this morning (Sat) from teacher eyes! Kinda made me tear up! I as a teacher try to influence my kids to know they are loved, they are safe, and that we have LOTS of FUN every day!!!! I pray that Caydens teacher’s does the same thing! We, as teachers are entrusted with your most PRIZED POSSESSION and we know that!!! Its a hard job, lots of responsibility but such a priviledge!!! Love you girl!!!!