Today is Aidan’s first day of Pre School and we were both so excited. I’ve been prepping him for this day for months and so far the transition has gone smoothly. Even Steve skipped out of work for an hour so he could come too. It was a big morning full of excited giggles, lots of questions and a lot of hugs but thankfully no tears from any of us. We were the first to arrive at school.
When Aidan was at daycare they said that he was more confident when he arrived earlier and met the kids one by one rather than walking into a room full of kids so I tried to keep that in mind and it worked. As each kid came into the yard he’d look at me and say “Yay more friends!” and then run off and say “Hi my name’s Aidan, what’s yours?” and then rush back and tell me.
The look on his face when I told him he could finally wear all his new school stuff was so funny, he even did a little dance. The backpack is almost exactly like Steve’s work bag, I got it from BigW and it’s perfect. When he first tried it on he said it was too heavy but then we clipped it up and he wouldn’t let us take it off. He carried it all the way to school all by himself. It only has a spare change of clothes and his lunchbox but for someone who’s never worn a backpack before it was a big effort.
He hung his bag up on the hook in his little yellow wooden locker and we put his lunchbox in the fridge. There was a “lunchbox inspection” so the teachers could check that the foods complied with the rules and gave parents a better idea of how much they should actually pack. I got an A+ for my effort, I freaking nailed it! I made a little Vine clip of what’s in his lunchbox incase you’re interested.
We kissed him goodbye, reminded him to ask if he needed to go to the toilet and then we were off. Steve and I walked quietly hand in hand all the way home. “He’ll be fine, right? We’ve done a good job?” I asked. Steve squeezed my hand and said “Yep, he’ll be fine we don’t have to worry“. I know Steve’s just as nervous as I am but we both know that Aidan’s truly excited and that having friends and furthering his learning is just what he needs. I just keep asking myself, as I sit in my empty quiet house, how did we get to this point so quickly?