Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Back to school: our new normal

These past couple of weeks in Arizona have been "Back to School" time. It seems like every school, public, private, charter, preschool start on a different day in a different week.

We have two little guys headed off to school. Andrew started Kindergarten about 3.5 weeks ago. We are so lucky that he loves school and was very excited to get back to learning! He has a wonderful teacher and a couple of kids from preschool happen to be in his class. 

I always used to think it was ridiculous when moms would get all upset when their kids would go off and do something that is just part of growing up...but now, I am a Mom....NOW I get it. 

The days leading up to Kinder were emotional for me. Many thoughts were over thought and analyzed about what we would do if he didn't like it, if he didn't make friends, if he gets bullied...what if something happens and I can't get to him. What if, what if, what if....

But then I had extreme moments of joy and excitement for him. The new friends, the new skills, the new amazing world being opened up. My heart has never been so full for him. 

The first few weeks have been awesome. He's happy and learning and making new friends. We are slowly working on a faster drop off. Today he told me that I could leave as soon as he saw a friend on the playground. So while my head longs for the days when I can pull through the drop off line or put him on the bus, my heart tells me my little guy needs to hold on just a little longer...I will take all the hugs, high 5s, kisses goodbye and I Love Yous for as long as he'll let me.

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