Tuesday, September 11, 2012

first day back at preschool

Mommy, can we go to school now?”  She asked impatiently.

It was only 8 A.M. & school didn’t start for another hour.

“In a little bit sweetie, no one is there yet.”

She got dressed, carefully tucked her hair behind her ears, & ran down the stairs to greet Nana & Papa who were anxiously awaiting their opportunity to take pictures.

During our 10 minute ride to preschool she danced in her car seat as we jammed out to Fastest Girl in Town like 5 times & somehow squeezed Pontoon in there. All at her request.

“Yay my school!” She shouted from the backseat of the car as we pulled in the parking lot.

“I’m going to ask Mrs. A to help me write my name!”

I glanced in the rearview mirror & smiled.

We took a seat on the bench in the hallway as we waited for Mrs. A to open the classroom door.

“I love your haircut Kennadie” one of the parents said to her.

Her lips curled into her goofy smile; the one she gives when she feels uncomfortable.

She instantly clammed up. It seemed as though her excitement about this day might now be dwindling. 

I felt for her.

Her classmates began to gather around one another, excitedly talking about their ages & how much they have missed each other.

 She watched the kids interacting & held onto me tightly.

I squeezed her hand to let her know it was okay, to let her know that she could go over & talk to them.

She didn’t budge though.

As Mrs. A opened the door, all of the kids made a mad dash to get in the classroom, including Kennadie.

She booked it into that room!

No looking back. No kiss for me. Not even a goodbye!  

(I am not sure which is worse: your child crying because they don't want you to leave or your kid running in without saying bye?!)

I knew how excited she was to be there so I didn’t take it personally :) 

Not even a few hours later I was back to pick her up.

Mrs. A took Kennadie by the hand & walked her over to me.

“She was already asking to do lots of hard work & it’s only the first day! I love that!” Mrs. A said to me with a huge smile.

I opened her yellow folder & saw what Mrs. A was talking about.

Kennadie wrote her name. 

Just like she told me she would.

For Kennadie to speak up & ask her teacher for help is kind of a big deal.

I was so proud of her.

It may take some time for my shy little girl to open up completely but this was a start & I know she will come out of her shell eventually. 


Kristin Novotny said...

What a beautiful, sweet girl you have! Love how excited she was about school. :)

Rach (DonutsMama) said...

That is so sweet. My daughter seems really shy too so I love reading about how other little ones can come out of their shell too. I'm glad she was excited about school. Oh and I love her top!

Andrea said...

Thanks Kristin! Yeah I love how she really enjoys school :)

Andrea said...

Thank you!
I love reading how others do it too. I notice a lot of kids who are shy like this seem to open up once they are comfortable, it just takes some time!