Lilly's first day of school went great. The night before I was freaking out. I was trying to make sure she had everything she needed. I made a list and I still forgot some stuff, but nothing too important. We got up at 7:00 and she was ready to go at 7:30. She was sitting on the couch with her backpack on asking when we were leaving. We made her lunch and got her snack together. We left the house at 8:00, school doesn't start until 8:35, but breakfast starts at 8:00. There were no parking spots left. I had to park in the grass. We went in through the main doors and there was just so many people! We were told that we had to go to the classroom first, but I should have just taken her for breakfast first instead. So we make our way all the way to the end of the hallway, slowly since its so packed. We wait in line at the door so she can get her locker and put her backpack up then we head to the cafeteria. She gets a donut, milk, cereal and some strawberries, but 15 minutes later the bell rings and she starts freaking out. I tell her she has plenty of time to finish, but she wants to go now. She said, "The bell rang, that means we have to go to class!" I felt kind of bad cuz she only ate her donut and half her cereal. I tried to get her to sit and eat a bit more cuz she had 10 minutes before the second bell rang, but she wanted to go.
I walked her back to her classroom and took her inside after "pushing" our way through the door. There was a few parents and kids having problems with their goodbyes and taking a bit long at the door. I took her in and she found one of her friends. I told her that maw maw was going to be in class in just a minute (hubby's mom is the teacher's aid) but she wanted me to stay. I told her that I have to go, gave her a hug and kiss, told her I love her and to have fun. Her eyes started to swell up, "Mommy, don't leave, I don't know what to do." I said, "You just sit here and play for now, the teacher will tell you what to do." I gave her another kiss and walked out of the room before she could start crying. I stood outside the door for a while, I was waiting on hubby's mom cuz she was suppose to give me something, but she was nowhere to be found. I peeked in on Lilly and she was sitting there mad at the world. Her arms were crossed and she was just sitting there, not playing or anything. There was nothing I could do, so I left. I finally found hubby's mom and we talked for a bit and then I was on my way. Walking back to my car, my heart fell and my eyes started to tear up. Not because I was "letting go," no we are used to that. I was worried about her not having enough breakfast and her being scared in a big school. It still makes me sad when I think about it. Tears are rolling as I type this.
The time to pick her up finally came and me and hubby went down there to get her. The teacher wouldn't let us in the classroom, the parents had to stand at the door and she got the kids for you. There was a line halfway down the hall. We finally got there and Lilly came to the door very excited. She had to tell me everything she did right that minute. The most exciting thing to her was that she ate all of her lunch. When we got home she was still talking, but she had a few people that wanted her to call her. My mom, my grandma, her father and her father's mom. So, we called my grandma first cuz I knew she was home, then her father's mom. We tried calling my mom, but she wasn't home. About an hour later mom called back and they talked a bit. We had to wait a while to call her father cuz he wasn't home from work, but she got to talk to everyone.
I'm glad she likes it and is still excited about going. I still worry though. Hubby is taking her to school today. I'm worried he won't get there in time for her to eat. The day care bus is picking her up at school and she is very excited about that. I'm going to pick her up at the day care center after my doctor's appointment. Then tomorrow, I'm dropping her off at day care and they are taking her to school. They have breakfast there before they take the kids to school, but if she doesn't eat there, she still has time to eat at school if she wants. I don't see her eating breakfast at school by herself. Unless one of her close friends does breakfast at school that rode the day care bus with her, she's not going to do it. I'm worried about her getting to her class by herself too. The kindergarten classes are all the way at the end of the hallway. So I sit here and picture her hungry and lost in the school. She never had to do anything like this by herself. I know she will get the hang of it, but until then, I'm going to worry.
When I was in Elementary school, everyone had to go to the cafeteria and your teacher came in there and go the class. I think they did that up until third grade. I think if this school did something like that, I wouldn't worry so much. And all of those kids there. Hubby's mom told me that this school has more kids than any other elementary school in the county. Yeah, that's reassuring.....
So anyways..... here are a few pictures of Lilly's first day at school.
Here's Lilly eating her first breakfast at school.
Lilly at maw maw's desk before I told her I was leaving.Ok, Ok....maybe I am having trouble letting go. She's my baby and I worry.