First Day of Preschool

Jess McGlynnSeptember 9, 2014

Today is Eli’s first full day of preschool.  We attended a short induction last week to get the lie of the land but unlike when he starts school there is no gradual intake…he just starts, 9.15am until 3.45pm.  Such a long day for such a little person.

He was full of excitement this morning, especially when he realised that he gets to take his own packed lunch.  Meanwhile I was swallowing down tears at the thought of a whole day without my little sidekick.

He even made me take his photo in the same way that I had taken Meg’s, although I wasn’t going to start the tradition until he went to reception.  His first idea was that he wanted to be a ‘servant’ (I think he means nurse but there you go…) and help Meg with the sick animals but after a few minutes he changed his mind and went for this.

In the car he chatted away nine to the dozen, all about the things he was going to do and there was only one small moment of doubt when he asked what I would be doing and I replied ‘I’ll be at home.’  The realisation that I wouldn’t be there seemed to sink in and in a small voice he confessed that he didn’t want to go, he wanted to stay with me.

The feeling didn’t last long though as the minute we arrived he was writing his name in sand and bouncing through the door.  I barely got a kiss goodbye which I loved and hated in equal parts.  He was very keen to be back outside playing on the train which he had thoroughly enjoyed on our visit last week.

It’s a strange feeling, Eli being at preschool.  It’s not like he’s never been apart from me before, we’ve been away for weekend trips and he has gone for sleepovers at his grandparents houses.  It’s just that feeling of giving over your child to people you don’t really know and entrusting that they will care for him, teach him and watch over him in the same way that you would.

This is the start of his journey towards school when he will be away from me more than he is with me.  With Meg I absolutely knew that she was ready for the whole experience but I’m just not sure about Eli…or perhaps that is me just wanting to hold onto my baby for that little bit longer?

Either way, it is the start of a new season for us as I can potter around the house and have my time as my own, for two and a half days a week anyway!  (Unless you are my husband, then you can read that I am doing lots and lots of writing).  It is certainly going to be an interesting transition period.

Now, I’m off to enjoy a nice, HOT cup of tea and read my book.  Work, I mean work.

I am linking this post up with Share with Me and Magic Moments.

Comments (9)


    September 9, 2014 at 10:56

    I sent my lil man off to school for a short session yesterday & i felt so lost. I only had an hr & Half without him but i feel Sometimes it is worse for us mummys. He had been at preschool 2 days a week but i had work to focus on. Now it really is a lot of time for me & im not sure im comfortable with that yet. Too much time to miss him i think* hope he has a great day & comes home full of stories & new friends names :):) xx

  • citygirl101

    September 9, 2014 at 11:03

    Sounds like he had a wonderful first day. I do think in many ways it's harder for us parents to snip away at the apron strings, but I'm sure you will both benefit from his hours at pre-school.
    I'm so copying your idea too, a racing car driver is great aspiration, I shall just pretend we did it yesterday and not this afternoon when they get home!

  • Louise Fairweather

    September 9, 2014 at 15:40

    Gosh that is a long day – but I'm planning on putting little man in for 2 full days and a half day so I can get some stuff done rather than running back and forth on pic ups x

  • Jocelyn (@ReadingRes)

    September 9, 2014 at 17:30

    Oh, enjoy that book! Looks like he's happy and love that he wanted his photo taken the same way as Meg. My daughter's just started school, which I'm finding strange, but I still have Little Man to keep me busy. He'll be at preschool next September, so that'll be me with my book…Oh, I mean working..! x

  • my days ni

    September 10, 2014 at 10:01

    I never had the option to have long days, though I would have liked the time. He looks like he is already settling in well. I hope you enjoy the quiet, and the hot tea! #sharewithme

  • Louisa

    September 11, 2014 at 18:39

    Great photos. My daughter started nursery last week. She only goes for 3 hours a day but I am like a lost lamb! #sharewithme

  • Let’s Talk Mommy

    September 13, 2014 at 19:45

    Racing car driver is what Buba's says he wants to be too. So cute. I love your chalk board photo for first day of preschool. They grow up so quick. Sounds like he is definitely settling in. Fantastic. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  • Coombe Mill (Fiona)

    September 15, 2014 at 11:00

    Sounds like one cool dude who is adapting very well to Nursery school, I so hope this continues for you. I'm in love with that train and pinning it as one for Farmer Nick to try and make here!

  • Super Busy Mum

    September 17, 2014 at 11:04

    Oh how cute is this post and how adorable is your little pre-schooler! Love it. So pleased to hear he is enjoying it! x

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