Today marked the start of Little Bean’s journey to being a ‘big girl’ as this was her first day at preschool. She has been ready for so long now, we’ve had lots of fun at home together but we have definitely reached the point where she needs more stimulation than I can give her – especially since Beanie Boy has arrived and our activities have become limited.
Ready, willing and able
I knew that today would not be a problem for her, she has attended nursery previously for odd sessions here and there but nothing permanent. She is a social girl and very confident in herself and our relationship.
I told her at the weekend that she would be starting preschool this week which was a mistake as she has been badgering me every morning asking “can I go to little school today?” The tears only came when I told her, “no not today”.
First day at preschool
I’m sure you can picture the look on her face when this morning, I finally was able to say “yes, you’re going to little school today” (she didn’t seem to like the name preschool for some reason?).
As we walked to preschool I asked her what she thought she might be doing, she said that she would be doing “lots of playing” which made me laugh.
She asked what I was going to do without her and I told her that I had to go and do some shopping and then Beanie Boy and I would pick her up and go home to have dinner together. She seemed more than happy with that.
No looking back
Upon entering preschool we were greeted by the Manager who said “hello, you must be Little Bean” – “yep” came the reply as she threw her coat onto a peg, walked straight through and started playing with a dolls house. Both the Manager and I looked at each other and laughed.
I was shown around and told that I could stay if I was worried about her at all, or just come back and collect her at home time as she seemed more than happy. I asked her if she was ok for me to leave now, Little Bean turned and looked at me as if to say “are you still here?” so I took that as my cue to go, I managed to get her cheek instead of a kiss and then made my way out.
Not ready to come home yet
When I returned to school to collect her she was stood with her coat and shoes on by the door with a big smile on her face. I asked her if she’d had fun and can you believe she said to me “yes, but you go home I’m going to stay here and eat my dinner”. I really could have asked for a better response on her first day at preschool, at least she wasn’t traumatised by the experience.
She’s such a funny little girl, I just love her so much. Tomorrow we’re back for day two and I think it will be hit again – at least I hope so.