On Wednesday, Charlotte had her first day of mmo (which she will do one morning a week, in addition to preschool two mornings a week -- not because she needs it, but because it was the only way to stack the schedule for me to have one morning alone, which *I* need). And that same morning, Anneliese had her preschool meet-the-teacher too (she has the same teacher Nathan had for 2's, when he was Charlotte's age; she was his teacher when Anneliese was born! fun) and y'all, there was no convincing her that it wasn't her first day of school. No way, no how. We tried to explain that she'd go to her class, meet her teacher, fill out some papers, see the toys, and we'd head home* (*to Starbucks). But all she heard was go to her class. Her preschool class. For preschool.
I decided it wasn't worth arguing with her about any more beforehand, she would see when we got there, so I threw my hands up and decided if it's the first day we're going to the preschool (it wasn't, we had been the day before for Charlotte's meet the teacher) (also we're there all the time anyway because it's our church), we could just treat it like the first day of school. Whatever.
So, before we went to take Charlotte to mmo, Anneliese put on her back-to-school dress, and we took pictures. Even though technically, it wasn't the first day of preschool for either of them.
Kicking off the school year! Or something!
|first day of mmo... does that count?|
|meet the teacher day... does that count?|
But on Thursday, Charlotte did have her real first day of preschool. Preschool! How is this child old enough for preschool?? To be fair, she's barely old enough -- her late birthday makes her the third youngest one in the hundreds of kids in the program at our church.
|lest you think this is very rock and roll of her...|
she was pointing at someone walking a dog.
Oh, third baby, the battles we don't feel like fighting because mommy is tired. In the end I decided it wasn't uncute or unfunny, though, so... win?
And today, finally it was Anneliese's turn for back to school. She has been ready since Nathan started almost two weeks ago. She came downstairs this morning and stood in the dark by my bed with her arms full of clothes, asking if today was her first day. (How many times has she come down this week, asking that question?) The look of happy relief on her face when I could finally say YES! YOUR FIRST DAY IS TODAY! was adorable. Even by 6am standards.
And then she pulled from her hamper the dress she had already worn for her (not really) "first day" on Wednesday, and I DID NOT SAY ONE. WORD.
My mom is right. I really have amassed quite the collection of first/last day photos on these steps at church. I don't hate it.
Anyway so both girls did just fine at school. Charlotte was a little sobby at dropoff, which I was not expecting, but calmed down fast from the sounds of it. Anneliese just marched right in, grinning, waving and blowing kisses. (She was ready to go.) (We might have been running late for her first day.) (Poor middle child.)
And now begins the fall routine. Nathan is gone all day, every weekday, of course. Anneliese has preschool Monday, Wednesday, Friday mornings (plus lunch). Charlotte's preschool alternates with Anneliese's -- Tuesday and Thursday mornings (but ends before lunch). But on Wednesday mornings she goes to mmo, which does go through lunchtime. It all sounds more complicated than it is, which kid to pick up at which time on which day, but in a few weeks it will feel simple and normal.
And I am SO SO looking forward to this year of having some one-on-one time with each of my girls. I had a lot of that with Nathan as a baby, and it has always felt a little sad (although great in other ways, of course) to have shared so much of Charlotte's and Anneliese's infancies with such divided attention between siblings. This feels like my chance to bask in each of them, alone. I have known that the timing of this school year was coming since Charlotte was born, and it feels fun that it's finally here. Bring on the mommy-daughter time.
Oh, and in case y'all are wondering why I keep winning all these blogging awards, it's because I do things like make a Photographed Event out of it not being my kids' first day of preschool. Learn from the master.