If I had a pound every time someone said to me ‘enjoy it while it lasts because time flies’ when Fin was born I would be a rich woman today. But it is SO true. You spend all your time fretting when they are tiny, are they too hot, too cold, hungry, over fed…and just when you relax you find yourself fretting about the next stage, this was just the case when Fin started pre-school a few weeks back. I woke up with such a mix of emotions; I was excited for him to make new friends and start his ‘educational’ journey but also had a horrible feeling of dread. So with apprehension we arrived for his first day at ‘school’. Like the responsible parent I had read the information pack and dressed Fin in ‘old clothes that could get messy’ (this excited me slightly as I now knew that I would never have to get out his paint box again – as far as I was concerned he can explore his creative side all he likes in his old clothes and in a place that I don’t have to clean up afterwards) and with a little ‘school’ bag with his name printed on the side! Luckily Fin wasn’t the only ‘new one’ so we didn’t stand out too much!
After ten minutes of Fin quite happily running around playing with all the various toys on offer I decided to make my move, I edged towards the door trying to avoid the whole ‘goodbye’ wave and kiss. Who was I kidding? That’s when the leg-hugging began. I could’ve walked out, through the car park and driven home with him still attached he was clinging so tight! For a split second I questioned if this whole ‘school’ idea was such a good one but I was assured that Fin would be fine so I made my way home to sit by the phone just in case it wasn’t! I counted down the minutes until I could pick him up whilst making a fuss of Imogen, bless her, those Monday and Wednesday mornings are the only times she gets my undivided attention…well then and in the middle of the night but as you can guess I’m not as enthusiastic then! I arrived to pick him up far too early but used the time to peek through the window for a glance and there he was sitting perfectly still in story circle…since when does my child sit perfectly still for anything? He even has an energetic twitch whilst eating dinner. Clearly this ‘schooling’ thing was working!
A few weeks in and Fin literally skips in, barely giving me a second look. We even do the whole ‘goodbye’ thing with kisses and waves…I’m not sure if I prefer it that way or not! I mean, when he was leg hugging at least I knew he cared! Although saying that, there really is no better feeling than when I pick him up and he runs, arms open, shouting ‘MUMMY’ with the biggest smile! That’s a much better feeling than the leg hugging by far!