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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Preschool Blues

Remember how smoothly Cakes’ first couple of days at preschool went? Well, I spoke a little too soon. The last several mornings, when we’re on our way, she starts saying “No school!” and when we get there the tears start and I have to leave her there, bawling at the top of her lungs. They tell me she settles down quickly, and she has a good time. She cries sometimes when I pick her up, but when we get home I ask her if she likes school and she says yes. So, I hope the morning drama will end soon. It’s a pretty shitty way to start the day.

The good news is she’s picking up some lovely new habits at school. She’s singing a lot more (I don’t know why, I spent endless mindless hours at circle time with her during her first two years). When she finishes an activity she sings her “clean up” song (music to my ears!) and puts things away. She’s getting more words and using more sentences.

I’m feeling a little more in control this week. I’m actually on top of my reading and I got through my first presentation this week.

So, things are looking up. Except for the fact I offered to host Thanksgiving this weekend. What was I thinking? Luckily, my family is pretty meat-and-potatoes, so we won’t be preparing anything fancy. There’s a Butterball at Loblaws with my name on it.

What do y’all have planned for Thanksgiving?


Anonymous Assertagirl said...

Oddly enough, Chinese Buffet. And I couldn't be more thrilled.

1:42 PM  
Blogger kgirl said...

hope cakes settles in. it's tough when you're two.

we're off to the inlaws for thanksgiving. i'll have to endure a 3-hour carride, but then i get to let them feed me and entertain my child for 3 days.

2:26 PM  
Blogger b*babbler said...

Oh I hope that the morning routine starts to settle down for you. What a terrible way to start a day.

We're off to the in-laws for Thanksgiving. We've spent a lot of time with them recently, so I can't say I'm thrilled, but it's a necessary evil. Sigh. Now if only I could convince them to make a tofurkey, then we'd be talking!

2:57 PM  
Blogger jen said...

i freaking love the clean up song.

and i totally feel you - some days M is so sad, clinging, i feel like such an asshole walking away but by all reports, including hers, she has a great day.

3:21 PM  
Blogger nomotherearth said...

We just switched the Boy to the preschool room, and we have experienced a return to the tears when I leave in the morning. It makes me feel like a heartless b*tch to leave.

We had the same thing with singing. I don't know how many group we joined, but daycare is what made him sing.

3:35 PM  
Blogger ewe are here said...

I hope the teary morning starts end soon... I know how hard that must be for you.

5:01 PM  
Blogger something blue said...

The tears are so very difficult but I think Cakes will adjust soon. We still have mornings that suck so what do I know?

We are headed north for Thanksgiving to a deserted summer camp where my brother in law and his fiancé are hosting a feast.

5:11 PM  
Blogger motherbumper said...

You know our second week was hellish for daycare. But she survived (and so did I). And this weekend - well Miss. Bumper is turning TWO! AH! how did that happen? We are celebrating at the out-laws. Yup, someone else is making the turkey. Sweet.

Happy hosting babes!

5:55 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Chicky said...

Thankfully, I've got at least a month and a half to worry about Thanksgiving. But it is my favorite holiday. I loves me some mashed potatoes.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Alley Cat said...

I've only got six guests here for turkey, but they're all sleeping over! Don't you love holidays?

6:55 PM  
Blogger SciFi Dad said...

TG is up north, with the in-laws. The same in-laws that have been living with us off and on for a year and a half, and treat our house like a hotel.

Pray for me.

10:18 PM  
Blogger cinnamon gurl said...

Our second week at the new daycare was hell too. But it got better within two weeks, and now he doesn't cry at all when I drop him off (touch wood!). Hope it gets better for you guys very soon.

10:25 PM  
Blogger Gabriella said...

Oh yes, the crying, Samantha sometimes sheds a river at first but like Cakes she settles down after my husband leaves. It'll get better eventually but it does make for tough mornings sometimes.

We're going to the inlaws on Monday for dinner but Sunday night is Van Halen for us!!

10:39 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

she'll settle. man, she is going to be a biggirl cakes soon huh?

We are having mr mummas family over. Have an awesome time. soon ok?

10:54 PM  
Blogger Beck said...

Poor munchkin.
Ah, Thanksgiving. My parents are having:
1) us
2) my brother who lives with them
3) my other brother and his wife
4) my in-laws
5) my brother in-law and his girlfriend and her two kids
over for supper on Thanksgiving. And then on Monday WE ARE DOING IT ALL OVER AGAIN AT MY IN-LAWS. I'm planning on being drunk all weekend.

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Jenny said...

Thanksgiving? Really? Isn't that like a year away?

I won't start thinking about it until the week before.

That's how the irresponsible people roll.

8:32 AM  
Anonymous Don Mills Diva said...

I'll be having wine for Thanksgiving dinner. Lots of wine.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Bloor West Mama said...

I know how hard it can be to leave you wailing child at their school but before you know it she will be running into her class room to play with her friends and toys. And soon after that she will not want to go home with you at the end of the day.

Have a happy Thanksgiving with the family. We are off to Ottawa to visit the in-laws for some relaxing time and lots of good food and wine.

1:28 PM  
Blogger Kyla said...

I think Jenny's forgetting you crazy Canadians have a bizarro October Thanksgiving. That being said, I totally wait until the last minute, too.

I hope Cakes adjusts soon.

4:40 PM  
Blogger FENICLE said...

I have to get past Halloween before I can think about Thanksgiving :)

Although the stores all have Christmas stuff out!

8:59 PM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

Hmm. Two Thanksgivings this year. Whee. And me, not a family gal.

Sorry to hear Cakes is having a bit of a setback, but I think it's awesome that she is stepping up so well on the speaking and singing! Bet she's just fine soon enough.

11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We were at the point of pulling our son out of his Montessori preschool because of the morning drama of the first week or two. When I told the teacher, she was shocked, and said the minute the door closed, he happily went about his day. She asked him that day with a smile, "How come you're giving your mom a hard time in the morning?" "I don't know" he replied, running off to play.
After that, no more drama. Maybe they think they have to do it?

1:55 AM  
Blogger Mad Hatter said...

Those tears when you pick them up are so baffling. I don't think they themselves realize how much hard work school is until you walk through the door. The morning drop-off tears are hellish. I hope things get better soon.

8:25 AM  

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