Joining in with TheBoyAndMe and her linky 365 Project A Photo A Day, Every Day, For A Year! Project 365 – Week 36 Days 243-249.
Sunday 31st August – Day 243
We’d planned to go to the Bournemouth Airshow but Daddy P had worked for nearly 30 hours in one go (I kid you not) again so he was good for nothing. In hindsight I should have just gone with Monkey, but we spent a day having fun at home instead. Monkey didn’t seem to mind and we had a puzzle making marathon.
Monday 1st September – Day 244
Monkey loves his black olives – can you tell by the look on his face. We went for a walk in the morning and just enjoyed a day together. Countdown to starting school has begun. Mummy is getting rather emotional.
Tuesday 2nd September – Day 245
A trip to the Library. I love that Monkey gets so excited about these trips, I’m sad that today is our last ‘take all day’ to sit and read, pick a selection, change our minds, pick some more. In future he will be tired after school, it won’t have the same relaxed feel about it. He got his Bookstart passport stamped, only one more stamp and his passport will be full. No more certificates to collect; seems apt with him starting school I suppose. Argh – growing up sucks this week.
Wednesday 3rd September – Day 246
All dressed up and ready for his first day in Reception. Daddy P walked to school with us which was lovely for Monkey. He seemed ok, went into class fine and no tears – phew. I have to be honest I hated the day. I really struggled, hadn’t really thought about the effect it would have on me. I don’t have a plan for me, I need a plan for me! Monkey had a good day, had no idea what he’d eaten and didn’t go to the toilet apparently.
Thursday 4th September – Day 247
Mummy I will go to school today but I’m not having Chicken Pie! If only I’d known what was coming next I might have been better prepared. Monkey rushed all the way to school, chatting as we went. He put his coat on his peg, snack and drink in the right place, his butterfly on the leaf. All good. We went into his classroom, the children all sit on the mat with a key worker.
fun torture began. Bless him, Mummy don’t go! Trying to coax him away from me – not happening. It was like going back to 2 years ago at pre-school, a year ago in Nursery class. I wasn’t prepared. I was hormonal, he was scared and upset. I knew I had to leave,I knew it was the best thing for him, I knew he would be fine. You still feel like s***. He was peeled off me and I made a hasty retreat before he could see I was crying too. Uurgh. What an awful morning. His teacher rang me two hours later, he is fine, he is happy, please don’t worry, we have a plan for tomorrow. Phew!
Friday 5th September – Day 248
Monkey settled at school much better this morning – phew. I went out to lunch with my NCT friends to celebrate our kids starting school this week. Sadly one of the gang had a tummy bug so couldn’t join us. We shared a few tears and then lots of laughs. Friends who have kept me sane over the last 5 years. I swam 2 lengths from the deep end in my swimming lesson tonight and managed to go under the water at the 2m mark and touch the bottom with my feet – I didn’t drown and I didn’t panic. Real progress – proud moment again.
Monkey and I spent the day with ‘special Sheba’. After our favourite pub lunch Monkey decided he wanted to go to her park. I left my bag at her house and off we went. Monkey soon realised that he is too big now – sobs! So we walked to the next park and discovered a little wooded area to explore. I soon regretted leaving my phone/camera behind as we were off playing hide and seek, a very small attempt at tree climbing (yes!!!) and collected more pine cones for our now huge collection. Hence this photo!