I can't tell you how worried I was about Ethan starting preschool. I'm not at all worried about him being there, I know he needs it and he'll benefit from it. No... my main concern was that he wouldn't settle, that'd he'd play up, bite, hit, shout and then when I went to pick him up they'd tell me never to darken their doors again! Noooooooooooo! Obviously that didn't happen.
The last few weeks have been hard. Ethan has been acting up, sleeping badly, shouting, hitting. It's been very hard work. I know this was due to preschool looming over us. When we arrived there for his first afternoon session yesterday, he hid behind me, whimpering about not wanting to go in. As soon as they opened the doors though, he ran in, went up to his Key Person (who we'd met last week at our home visit - a great idea and something more preschools should do I think!) and asked to use the loo. I left him doing some painting.
I felt odd leaving him. Not sad. No tears. If anything, I felt numb. I don't know if that's an effect of citalopram or if it just hasn't sunk in yet. I'm not sure. I went off in the car and did the food shop. What a different experience that was! I whizzed around Tesco and was home within an hour. I didn't have to abandon my trolly whilst chasing after a child making a game of knocking pasta sauces and wine off shelves, I didn't have to placate anyone whilst unpacking the shopping, or dash from one room into the next because Show Me Show Me had come on and "I DON'T WANT TO WATCH IT, IT'S TOO SMELLY!" or to rescue someone from an ill-advised table top climb. I then sat down and had a coffee. In peace. And - novelty!! Watched some TV!!! Now, I'm not going to spend all of my free time like that, though to be honest, buy the time the shopping is done and unpacked, there's not time for much more than coffee and a spot of TV before walking to pick Little Lord Fauntleroy up.
It occurred to me as I walked up to the school gates yesterday... this is it now. This is my routine for the next God knows how many years. Me, running up to school gates, panting and slightly sweaty, anxious to be there first because "It's hard when they're new, they need to see your face first, so try to be first in line!". The school we want Ethan to go to is right next door to his preschool, so at the very least, I'm going to be making this journey many times a week for the next.. Um.... eight years? If we ever manage to have No.2 it'll be even longer!! That was a strange thought. By the time I'm finished making that journey on a regular basis I'll be well into my 40s. I wonder if I'll still be blogging then? Even More Medicated Follower of Fashion? HRT and citalopram?! Haha..... I'll probably have been told to get off the internet by my child/ren by then for being "uncool" and "embarrassing".
That's enough chatter... you want to see some cute photos I expect! Now Ethan's at preschool, he isn't going to be wearing quite so many nice outfits. I'm not going to send him there in Ted Baker or Katvig am I? Nah, it's a Sunbeams Playgroup t-shirt & sweatshirt teamed with Asda jeans (which, in my opinion, are actually damn good and hard wearing!).
I've got a few pics of Ethan from the weekend though. We went to the park to celebrate my brother's 26th birthday. Ethan had a great time running around, riding his bike, riding the train and tree hugging... yes, tree hugging. Here's a few pics:
Do you like his shorts? They were a bargain, unworn Jojo Mamanbebe for 50p from a charity shop!! Whoop!! He's wearing his Boys&Girls star print top which we all love loads. I can't wait to invest in some more Boys&Girls clothes - their Autumn range is out now, check it out!
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