Today was the day that Little 2 started at playgroup, well I'm not sure if it is playgroup or pre-school really as they call it rising 3's so in order to avoid confusion over her starting proper pre-school next year we are going for playgroup!
We have been talking about it for a while now, she has tried on her enormous uniform and will get her bookbag today which she is excited about as Little 1 has one for school and she is keen to have one like her sister. She is able to understand that I am going to leave her there to have a play and some snack and then I will pick her up and we will both go and get Little 1 from school together. She was excited when she woke up this morning but I think it could go either way when I drop her off, parents aren't allowed in you have to leave them at the gate and it is the first ever time I have left her somewhere other than Nanny's house!
She is one of those children that is chatty and happy with people that she knows and environments she is comfortable in but will hide and avoid people she doesn't like or know or if she is shy, she withdraws into herself and will sit on her own in a corner sucking her thumb rather than seeking reassurance, I can just envisage her sitting quietly alone while the staff deal with the noisy crying ones! But I'm sure that won't happen.
I don't think it will take long for her to settle, she is ready for a bit of interaction with others her age and loves to get messy and hands on so I am sure she will come home covered in soil or paint each day with a big smile!
I am also looking forward to a little me time too, once I have walked back home I will have about an hour and 40 minutes before I have to leave to pick her up, what shall I do in that time? housework, blogging, go shopping ALONE, watch some trashy daytime tv uninterrupted instead of cbeebies, sleep? Sleep sounds good to me at the moment, I am now 15 weeks pregnant and still absolutely shattered, I worked out that the 2 days Little 2 is going to playgroup I will be walking about 3 and a half miles a day to and from school and preschool twice so I might need a snooze especially as my bump gets bigger! The exercise will do me good and help to stop me putting on too much weight too.
This is Little 2 in her new uniform before leaving for playgroup, she was very smiley.
When I dropped her off the lady who met her said 'Hello' and as predicted Little 2 looked at the floor and avoided her, I picked her up and gave her a cuddle, then handed her over and made a run for it, saying 'I'll just go and get little 1 from school (1.30 pick up today) and come back to get you, bye.' She looked me right in the eye staring ahead, trying to avoid the lady carrying her as she was taken in and went round the corner, she looked like she was going to cry. I didn't feel too bad as I left apart from that 'Awww my baby' thought as I walked home.
When we pick her up we have to wait for them to go and get her and bring her out to us, as they brought her out into the foyer she looked a little shell shocked like she had no idea where she was being taken and then she spotted us, her face lit up and she shouted 'It's Mummy and Little 1', she couldn't get through the door quick enough. I was told she had a really good first session and even left her comforter a few times, there were no tears!
I asked her what she had done and she said she had played playdough and been outside in the playhouse, apparently she had liked pouring her milk at snack time too. She wants to go back again so that can only be a good sign, it looks like playgroup is going to be a big hit for her and if she is happy I am happy.