Well I can't quite believe it! Just 3 years into the schooling system and already here I am sending children 3 & 4 off to pre-school!
Amelia & Chelsea have started doing their 90 minute pre-entry session once per week and will commence 2 full days & 1/2 day from next term. Time is flying!
Little social butterfly Chelsea Blossom [right] was more than happy to bid me farewell & join the ranks of the other pre-schoolers. Amelia Bluebell however, whilst excited about it, didn't want me to leave. She's a super sensitive, bright & emotional creature and saying goodbye for her was a big deal. It's been interesting. Amelia has been aware & a little anxious about this day for a whole year and I kinda figured she would be emotional about it. She's very capable and being a whole 2 minutes older than her twin, she certainly has taken on the role as big sister. Always the leader of the twins, she makes alot of the decisions and watches over & out for Chelsea too. But put her in unfamiliar or social situations and she's quite shy and introverted. Hmmm, runs in the family.
When Amelia was much younger, I recall singing to her and with certain songs she would burst into tears. She's a very soulful and thoughtful little girl.
Anyway, after doing a few puzzles together, then popping outside and setting herself up at the playdough table, she was finally ready to say goodbye. She braced herself, gave me a final final cuddle and kiss and waved me off. She was so brave. I was so proud. I knew it was the biggest thing in her short little life so far!
Chelsea, our little heartkid, who has been through the ringer in her short life, was über cool about it. 'Seeya mummy' and that's it, she was off painting & didn't look back. Funny little chicken she is.
Because I was expecting to need a little time settling the twins into pre-school, I arranged for my sister to look after Buddy while I took the girls on that first day. The last couple of weeks since then, I've had to deal with soft internal teary goodbyes with Amelia, searching for Chels to even get a goodbye [!] whilst also battling to get a heartbroken boy out of kindy & back into the car!!! Heartbroken because all 'his' girls have left him!
Anyway, we are managing somehow through this next phase. I think I'll need to have some exciting plans for Buddy when it's just the two of us. Might be easier to leave without the heartbreak if we have something to look forward to. Maybe.