We walked to school...
...and she settled in to do some drawing.
"Want to say goodbye to Mommy?" I asked her.
"'Bye, Mama," she replied. She barely looked up at me, if at all. I was glad to see that she was immediately comfortable in her classroom.
I felt a lump in my throat, realizing I'd be leaving her there all day. The lump returned a few more times throughout the day, but it never turned into true crying. We've just been so excited about her going to school, and, sure enough, she loved her first day!
I picked her up seven hours after dropping her off. Other moms claim that those seven hours fly by, and I'm sure that will be true soon...but Day One didn't fly by for me! I was so excited to pick her up and hear about her first day, and I was anxious to reunite her with her brother.
Thankfully, when she got in the car, she was ready to talk. My mom (who was in town) and I got to hear about new friends, and the book Chickie's teacher read, and recess, and P.E. It was a great, busy day, and the big lunch I packed for her was completely gone. She must have used up a lot of energy!
As I thought it might be, the day was hard for Zoodle. Over and over, he asked when Chickie would be home. He didn't want to go to McDonald's for ice cream after lunch, since Chickie was gone. Today we're going to meet friends for lunch, even though he says he doesn't want to. I hope he'll see that it's possible to have fun without his sister! It's very sweet that he misses her, but I really hope his transition is a quick one. I know I'm enjoying my extra cuddles with my little guy.
Overall, I loved school when I was a kid, and I'm so excited that our family has entered this phase!