Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Micalee's 1st Day of Preschool

Yesterday was Micalee's 1st day of preschool! I was excited, but had been dreading this day for a long time! We had let her visit the preschool a few times so she could meet her teacher & get a feel for the place. Also, this is were her cousins go & she had been there for a few programs they had been in. She's only going 1/2 days for three days a week for now. We had talked to her about going to school for a while now, so she seemed pretty excited herself! This is Micalee getting ready to leave for school.
She did great & walked her cute little self in (holding Mommy's hand of course!), stopped to check out the playground & did amazingly well for the drop-off (me, not so much!)!
She put her backpack away & sat right in her chair (after a huge kiss & hug for Mommy!).

I snapped this as I was leaving the room! I couldn't believe I was seeing smiles & no tears (well not her tears anyway!)!

It turned out that she did have a little meltdown when all the classes went into a larger room for snacktime. Her teacher said it only took her a few minutes to settle right back in! When I picked her up, she was all smiles & eating lunch (food always makes her happy!)!
Well, today was a totally different story! She wanted to be carried as soon as we got to the door & when I put her down to put her backpack away, she started climbing me! I carried her into her room & tried to sit her in her chair & get her started on a puzzle, but she climbed me again. So her teacher took her & all hell broke lose! The loudest screams & biggest tears I've seen in a while! She pulled my shirt & kept screaming Mama, mama! It was breaking.my.heart. I tried to be strong & left the room, but stood out in the hallway where she couldn't see me & just cried while I waited for her to calm down. After about 5-10 minutes, the screams turned to faint crying & I felt okay (well sort of, not really) to leave. I called a while later & the director said she hadn't cried anymore. I wish I could have said the same for myself! I knew to expect that, but I was hoping yesterday was an indication that she would not exhibit too much separation anxiety. I guess I was wrong! I just hope the crying doesn't last long! And I'm glad it didn't happen the first day or I might have taken her right back home & I know that's not what she really needs! We will work through this! She knows (especially after the first day) that MOMMY ALWAYS COMES BACK! It's just SO HARD to see & hear her so upset!