I made a little photo pocket for her, something I did last year... and it helped her on many a day when she was having a hard time and only wanting to be home with mommy. It reminds her, we're never too far away.
I also gave her a baggie with a few special little things to go along with this care card...
- These (chocolate) kisses are to remind you that you are loved.
- This penny is to remind you that you are special and valuable. Remember, there isn't anyone else like you. You are special.
- This sticker is to remind you that we will stick together and we will be here to help you when you need it.
- This band aid is to remind you that we will always take care of you. If you have an ouch-y or your heart is hurt.
- This pencil and eraser is to remind you that it's OK to make mistakes... it's the best way to learn... everything takes practice.
I wanted to start a tradition for breakfast on the first day of school... and since Rainee loves pancakes... I made her an 'R' pancake... she loved it and gobbled it up!!! Before we left for school, I gave her all the little things for her backpack... giving me a big hug she said, 'Thanks mommy, now when I'm at school... I know just where you are when I need you most!'... too sweet!
The first day, she seemed to be comfortable... playing with other kids... laughing... having fun... taking pictures with mommy and daddy... then it happened... the whistle blew to freeze... the tears started flowing... she knew it was time to go into the classroom WITHOUT mommy! I took her aside, gave her big hugs and reminded that I'm never too far away... all she has to do is pull out her picture pocket or her mommy shirt if she needs me... the tears were still flowing, but she gave me the biggest hug ever... and followed the kids into class...
The second day... she didn't want to play with the kids or go on the playground... she wanted to stay with mommy. So we stayed outside the gate until the whistle blew to go to class... then... the tears started... what a killer... once in line she kept blowing me kisses until she went inside.
As for me... on the first day... Steve had to comfort me! It was killing me that she was hurting... that she's in kindergarten... that this is the start of a whole new life for her. On the second day, I was better too... but I miss hearing her little voice at home.
Firsts are always hard... I hope each of her firsts get easier... although I do hope she continues to give me those great big hugs and kisses...