Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Day Two of Pre-School

Noah went to bed a little early last night.  I told Nerdstar that had me worried about how early he would  wake up.  Well, he woke up around 3:30 or so with either a nightmare or a really empty tummy.  He really wanted a cup of milk when she got up there!  Poor boy didn't have his usual number of pre-bedtime snacks.

Anyway.  He was tired when I got him up this morning.  I don't usually have to wake him up, it's not pretty when I do.  He was happy to get dressed.  Then, he didn't want his morning juice, or any snacks, or to watch George. He wanted to go downstairs and out to the car Right Then.  Well, ok, it was only twenty minutes before we needed to go downstairs and to the car.

Thankfully, there's a long way we can take to get to his pre-school.  Then, there was one of his favorite songs on the iPod before getting out of the car.

Because it had been a morning of NOs, I was pretty sure getting him into the classroom wouldn't go smoothly.  He walked away down the hall, then he hid behind my legs, and just really didn't want to go.  He came close to tears, but there weren't any.

It didn't take more than a couple of minutes though to get him into the classroom - his teacher was really helpful.

Generally, once he's re-directed to something he's happy.  But still, driving away, I was a little worried.

When I went to pick him up, one of the assistants told me how much fun he had with water colors, naming all the colors.  And he played with playdough.

Coming out of the classroom, he was all smiles and laughing again and telling me what he could about eating his snacks.

The note in his backpack said he was better today about paying attention to the teachers for clues about what to be doing.

All in all, day two seemed to be a success.

Monday, September 9, 2013

First day of Pre-School

Our boy had his first morning of pre-school today.  We've been talking to him about school, and going to play with kids, and having snack time, for a few days.  We know that until he's been to school a few times and puts it together with the words, it's hard for him to understand.  But that's ok.  Mostly he just wants to go play with kids.

He was pretty excited when we got there.  He walks through the school naming all the things on the walls.  He's not good at standing still, yet.  And he pretty much ran into the classroom and started playing.  I'm sure the other moms thought I'd filled him with his morning coffee.  He was the only kid not standing quietly by their mother.

I realized today what a "presence" he has.  He's not hyper, but his energy takes up a lot of space and the house really does feel empty without him!

After I dropped him off, I went to the grocery store and got a few things.  I came home and worked on mowing the back yard some more.  And I went to the mall to Bath and Body Works and got a lot of hand soaps.  Yes, I missed Noah.

When I went to pick him up, he would have been happy to stay and play a lot longer!  But he was also happy to see me.  He was laughing as we walked to the car.

Once home it was time for a snack and juice and a nap!

This is when I wish more than anything he had the language skills to tell us all about it!!

Friday, September 6, 2013

My Buddy

Noah starts pre-school Monday. Six weeks or so ago, I started a list of things to get done while he's at school. Things like getting the car inspected, getting an old laptop repaired.  Things he might not like to stand still for.  I have a feeling that by week 3 I'll really, really miss having him do all those things with me even though we'll still have T/TH to hang out all day.  He's been my buddy almost 24/7 for 3 years.  I enjoy having him around.  I miss him when he and Ching go run around together.  I'm happy he's going to get to be around other kids.  I hope school will be good for him.  But I'm going to miss him.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sending Noah Out Into The World

This morning Nerdstar, Noah and I went up to Noah's pre-school for a meet-the-teacher session.  All of the paperwork is turned in.  All of the supplies are purchased.  We're all set for the first day on Monday.  Sigh.  There will be twelve kids, one teacher and two teacher's assistants.  Looks like it'll be nine boys and three girls. 

I have mixed feelings about all of this.  I keep reminding myself the reason Noah is going to pre-school is because he loves being around other kids.  So, our only goal is for him to have fun.  Noah was definitely the most outgoing and talkative this morning.  We love how he tends to make himself at home in the world, wherever he is. He's also the kid other kids take toys from.  It happened two or three times in less than an hour.  He always lets them.  He always waits for other kids to go up or down the ladders at the park.  It's going to be interesting to watch how he grows socially over time. 

Now, is it a good thing they're also going to teach our boy to walk not run, use an indoor voice, and follow directions?  YES!  In fact, we're pretty happy someone else will succeed in this, as we haven't.  (We haven't really tried.) 

From just about the day he was born, I've prayed that God would protect him, body, mind and heart.  Now, more than ever, that's still my prayer.  The world can be hard on sweet boys. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Noah Snacks

Morning: Cheese and crackers, an apple, a banana, veggie sticks, small bowl of raisin bran

Afternoon, pre-nap/post park: ice cream and a few french fries at Dairy Queen plus 12 oz of lemonade

Evening: slice of toast, granola bars, apple sauce, string cheese, an orange, small bowl of cottage cheese

throughout the day - 3 8 oz. drinks of water/white grape juice

He'll also add a small glass of milk as his post-bath night cap.