Tuesday, September 2, 2008

My Baby Started School!!!!

I never thought this day would come so quickly. Now here's my baby, wearing a backpack and walking into the school like a big girl. And this will be the routine for the next 16 years. So unbelievable.


















We decided not to put her on the bus, at least until the new year. Since she's never even been to daycare (well, not since she was a newborn), we figure that the adjustment will be great enough for her in the classroom for now. Things went as well as could be expected today. We rushed around getting everything ready this morning (including an emergency bath when Samantha woke up soaked from her waist down to her feet) then I followed Steve and Samantha to the school in a separate car so I could leave directly to go to work. What a zoo the school was today! We should have anticipated the chaos surrounding an elementary school on the first day. And an elementary school right next door to a high school, at that. Teachers and administrators with identification badges stood at strategic locations outside, shouting directions and offering (friendly) assistance. I'm not sure how excited or terrified the other kids looked, though, since I was pretty focused on Samantha and Steve was pushing me to hurry since we were running a little late. Heck, just about everyone was running a little late this morning! Phil, Sammi's teacher, suggested that we bring her at 8:15 for the rest of this week rather than 8:00, to avoid the crush.Well, the bottom line was that Samantha did fine after we gave her kisses and said goodbye. For a while. We left her playing in the playhouse, fascinated by all the new toys. She waved goodbye and threw kisses as we left. She apparently did fine until about 9:30, at which point she began to cry and call for mama and dada. She cried on and off for the rest of the morning. She refused her sandwich at lunch but ate her yogurt. She didn't nap (well, duh). She wasn't crying when Steve went to pick her up, but as soon as she saw him her bottom lip started to quiver. By the time they got home, she was totally fine and acted like nothing had happened. Tomorrow morning will be very, very different--I can guarantee she'll cry when Steve drops her off. But I can bet that within a week she'll be so excited to go to "cool" (as she says)!
There are two other kids in the class at this point (I love the teacher/child ratio of 1:1!)--a little girl and a little boy. Samantha apparently followed the boy around today, trying to kiss him. She cornered a little boy in Target yesterday, too. It's so cute to watch, but the boys always try so desperately to run away.
Yep, my baby's a big girl now.

8 comments:

Amber said...

What a big girl....and you know she is such a cutie!!!! That first day is always the toughest...thank you for sharing her!!!

Cheri said...

Your little Samantha is so precious! The top black and white photo is just priceless! :) I hope tomorrow is a tear free day for her! :)

RobMonroe said...

We're lucky that Abby has always been excited about day care, since she's been in since about 10 weeks.

Glad to hear her day went okay. It will get easier, I'm sure!

Michelle said...

Happy to hear you survived the first day!! our turn is tomorrow. I love the pictures of Samantha especially with her backpack. Looking forward to hearing how today went.

Renee said...

She looks so cute with her backpack.

Kacey Bode said...

She is SO beautiful!! It still shocks me a bit that our babies have to go to school so young, BUT it is so good for them, that's what I have to keep telling myself : ) Those pics are so cute, I can just imagine her chasing the boy around, funny!!

Pam said...

Aww...I can't belive it!!

It's kind of bittersweet reading about all of Rhett's peers going to school knowing that he can't go when he turns three. It makes me sad because I know that he would love being in that type of an enviorment, and he would learn sooo much.

Hopefully he will get to go in the spring and summer. Hopefully. I am still looking on the bright side that he gets to stay home with me for a while longer!!

I hope tomorrow goes better for her. It breaks my heart to hear that she is sad.....

Oh, and Rhett would like to know why it is exactly that she is giving kisses to other boys. He is awfuly jealous!! ;)

((HUGS!!))

Bethany said...

So cute! That experience pretty much sounds like ours, except I don't *think* Payton cried during school, but she did cry when we left and when I got there to pick her up. And has cried at drop off every time since. LOL