Last month, Ava started preschool! To say that both Tommy and I can’t believe that she is at the age where her world is rapidly expanding to the “outside world” apart from her parents, her nanny Wendy, and her neighborhood group of friends, is an understatement. As all parents say, it literally seemed like just yesterday we were bringing her home from the hospital.
Longtime readers of the blog will know that Ava has had her nanny, Wendy, since she was 6 months old. And while she has shared her nanny with another little girl (we host the share at our house) and they have since created such a sweet community of other nannies with their charges to create a pretty big playgroup that meets daily to do activities, her world was still contained, if you will. I can’t tell you how many times I lay in bed thinking how her starting preschool is just the beginning of her being exposed to more and more people, perspectives, and influences (good and not so good).
I will say there were definitely tears on Ava’s first day – and they weren’t hers….
A month in to school, I am thrilled to report that Ava loves her preschool, her teachers, and her new friends. Sure she has days where she asks daddy to turn around and go back home so she can hang out with mommy and daddy, but the second she enters her classroom and sees Ms. Stephanie or one of her new besties runs over to greet her, she is all in.
As I knew I would, I love, love all the artwork that she brings home each day, I love how HAPPY she is when I pick her up at school (screaming “mommy” and leaping into my arms), and I can’t wait to get more involved with school field trips and activities. (Just call me “PTA President” – kidding…;-) )
In terms of prepping Ava to get ready for school (outside of mentally and emotionally), it wasn’t heavy a lift at all. We already had a backpack that Ava uses and her preschool has a “uniform” – various types of tops that have the name of her preschool on them (short-sleeve, long-sleeve, sweatshirts). The one thing I did have to buy was a nap-mat so Ava could take naps at school. She loves this thing and I will say, it is pretty cool.
Keep growing and exploring the world my Princess, just not too fast!