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stelablu2522671 wrote:
Your posts always touch me, this post has me crying. I am getting ready to send my son to Kindergarden in a few weeks and am so sad it is that time already. I am so excited for him but so sad for me. I feel like its the end of something--in reality I know it is only the beginning of something fabulous! This is what we have been preparing them for for the last 5 or 6 years--we should be proud! I hope his first day goes well and can't wait to hear about it. I will be thinking of you as I lose it myself in a few weeks and know I'm not alone. Have a good day!
8/25/2009 5:19 PM CDT

Deidremz wrote:
I can't wait to hear how his day was. You're doing a great job momma, I'm sure he was a shining star today.
8/25/2009 5:56 PM CDT

HairyFarmerFamily wrote:
Oh honey, I went with Harry on his frist trip to nursery today. He's only starting on two mornings a week next month, but it's the same building he'll stay in for pre-school, reception and primary - so really, once he starts, he'll be there until he's 11. I got a bit sniffley at the thought. I completely empathise with your sadness and poignancy.
8/25/2009 6:32 PM CDT

squirrelsmom4139178 wrote:
I have some wonderful 1st day of school memories of my girls -- it is so bittersweet. I hope he had a really good day!
8/25/2009 7:05 PM CDT

loreleismama wrote:
You did great sending him off! I am ALREADY having panic attacks about my daughter starting K NEXT YEAR!! The REALLY bad thing is that she already is in the PreK at the school, she already knows all the teacher and I WORK THERE. I will actually be closer to her then I am now. It STILL seems like SUCH a hug, huge step!
As far as the diapers go I would not worry. I have a lot of students (k-2) who wear them. None of the other kids in the school even bat an eye. They still play with the kids and treat them just like kids. They don't treat them like babies nor do that laugh and point. HE WILL DO AWESOME!
8/25/2009 7:27 PM CDT

Parental Discretion Advised wrote:
My heart is breaking for you and what a hard thing it was to do, leaving Elias in that classroom, but I am also so glad to see how well he's doing. You must be so proud!

And congratulations on making it to 24 weeks! That is wonderful.
8/25/2009 8:05 PM CDT

Following Elias wrote:
Thank you all for your support and compassion. Its too late for me to write a post about his day, I hope to tomorrow after I put him on the bus--scary--but i wanted to share quickly that i received two phone calls from his teachers reassuring me that he was having a good day and he was all smiles when we picked him up.
8/26/2009 2:06 AM CDT

JeannieCarey wrote:
Christy - no worries. Elias is a great kid and I know the children in his class will love him. You can be in the class as much as you want. Usually they want the parents to stay away for the first week to allow the teachers to create the comfort of the new daily patterns. After that, they love having the help. I volunteered in my daughter's kindergarten class. They can't get enough volunteer time the kindergarten year. It's fun to get to know the other kids. There will be plenty to do in class so you won't get a chance to hover. I went through a ton of firsts the kindergarten year. Each month includes new events as you get to know the school. It'll be much easier in 1st grade.
8/26/2009 2:30 AM CDT

theroyalprincez wrote:
i had tears too as i was reading along, but now i'm smiling, thinking, "you made it thru the 1st day Mom". lol! i think it's harder on us Moms than the children. i'm always so awed to see Elias' progress.
8/26/2009 5:23 AM CDT

SaraSkates wrote:
Awww - them starting kindy is the hardest thing. It's doubly hard as parents of kids like Elias - I know I had a hard time when Hannah started, but it was even harder with Toby. And honestly with each new school year, it continues to be hard - but not as hard as Kindy was. I know I have such a mix of "protectiveness" and wanting to "fix" things that are unfixable with Toby - having to do largely with the social implications of his physical disability. Hang in there - and I am SO thrilled re Olive!

virginiawilliams wrote:
Oh, I know. My youngest starts kindergarten NEXT year and I'm already teary about it. So glad he had a good first day, though.
8/26/2009 11:51 AM CDT

gretacamp wrote:
I thought I would be dancing in the streets on Sofia's first day of kindergarten a year ago. 5 days a week - yay! But I ended up crying, like so many others, but for me unexpectedly. And throughout the year, there were challenges I hadn't anticipated. "Mommy, I want to play at preschool, not work in kindergarten." Crying in the morning, prompting her a million times to get up and get dressed. Then I heard other parents say how much their kindergartners loved school, and I wondered why Sofia seemed to dread it so much some days. Then we had another baby. So much more to wrap my brain around. I only want for her to be happy. Is she happy? Is school too much of a challenge? Should we have held her back a year due to her being one of the youngest in the class? Am I seriously affecting her future by sending her at 5 instead of 6? I teeter everyday on the edge of helicopter parent and my idea of a perfect parent. She needs to learn how to be independent. Am I letting her go too soon?

She pulls it together in front of my eyes, despite her tears and trepidation. Growing's not always easy, for her or me!
8/26/2009 12:26 PM CDT

brooke3359516 wrote:
Is Elias the only special needs kid in the class? how are the other kids doing with him?
8/26/2009 1:15 PM CDT

Following Elias wrote:
Brooke, he is the only one with visible special needs but I know there is at least one other student with an IEP. And like Sara wrote, its the social implications of his disabilities that worry me most, just wanting him to be accepted and appreciated for how he is,...and like Greta wanting whats best for him but not always knowing what that is...is it a regular classroom...? We'll see...

Jeannie I do plan on being in more after this first week. As long as I'm allowed to be upright:)

Its funny b/c I didn't think I'd cry yesterday, i mean hes been in preschool for three years, but wow, it hit me right in the gut, or the womb, that deep core of motherhood that once protected him from the world.
8/26/2009 1:30 PM CDT

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