After a long break over the summer, today was my little girl’s first day back to school. A mix of emotions this morning but after a few weeks of preparing both Georgia and I were ready and she danced off into school this morning with no tears.
Georgia has been going a few mornings a week to preschool and after a rocky start she really did learn to love it. She made friends and loved her teachers. I was worried that after the long break she would be a little apprehensive today but luckily it was an easy morning.
I knew I would need to make some changes over the summer to get her ready for upping her hours…
She will now be doing full days (well until 3pm) a few days a week and this will be the first time she is having lunch at school – i had a mild panic a few days ago when I realised peanuts and peanut products are banned in all schools ! OMG – Georgia is a very fussy eater and eats a peanut butter sandwich most days. I completely understand why peanut products are banned and this has forced me to get Georgia to try something else – 2 days before she was due to have lunch at school I was having to introduce other options – eek ! Luckily for me, she was quite a fan of a honey sandwich so I will keep trying other things but for now she can have this on her lunch at school days – phew! I also let her choose a new water bottle and got everything ready and labelled last night.
I decided to potty train Georgia as soon as the schools broke up. She had just turned 3 and was showing an interest – after a few days (and a few accidents) she was out of nappies and I can’t tell you how much of difference this has made.
Another thing I had to do was cut out her day time nap. I was one of the lucky ones – Georgia still loved her nap and would need to be woken up after 2 hours most days. I knew with her starting to go to school until 3 I needed her to get used to no day time nap before a little while before going back. We got back from our summer holiday 2 weeks ago and I decided this was the time to do it! There went my ‘me time’ during the day and the days did feel LONG but there are many positives. She would be in bed at 1830 and fell asleep almost instantly. We were now able to do things that I’d avoided because I wanted to get her home for her nap – she had more time with her friends too.
All in all, we’ve made quite a few changes this summer. She is growing up so quickly but growing up an independent little one, that’s for sure!