Well, here we are. Two weeks into kindergarten. I admit, I was a nervous wreck the whole first week. I was a little sad too. As the mother of an only child, all of these “firsts” are also “lasts” and I wanted to slow time down. Since that’s not a real thing, I decided to look at the bright side and embrace this new adventure. Here are the five things I’m loving about kindergarten so far:
1. Her new independence
Ever since the day Zoey stepped on the bus for her first day of kindergarten, she has been different. It was a day I never thought I’d see. The night before school ended with an episode of freak-out hysterics that I mentioned in my recent post. The crying and fear were real. She pulled it together like a champ though. Got on that bus and didn’t look back. Now a few things she used to be too scared to do don’t even faze her. She was afraid of her own shadow, wouldn’t even go in the living room by herself, heck, she didn’t even like going to the bathroom by herself. Now she walks around here like she owns the place. It’s awesome.
2. She’s one tired kid
There was a time, not long ago, that I thought I would have to lay in bed with my daughter to get her to fall asleep until she went to college. Every night, after stories were read and lights were turned out, more stories would be told and a back would be rubbed ad infinitum. Finally, Zoey would succumb to exhaustion, usually around 9:30 or so. And that was if we got in bed at 7:30! I would usually fall asleep somewhere in there too, wiping out my entire night. That all changed when full-day kindergarten started. Sure, she gets home from her afterschool program and she’s sometimes a weepy hot mess, but most nights, she barely makes it through the bedtime stories before she konks out. I don’t know what to do with all my free evening time! Who am I kidding? I usually use the time to go to bed early too!
3. She has new friends and play dates
Her new classroom is full of new girls to play with and be “best friends” with. I’m sure there are boys there too, but she hasn’t mentioned them. I asked her who she loves to hang out with at school. She said, “Merry and Mrs. Jensen”. She’s going on her first big-kid play date at Merry’s house on Friday. (Sorry, Mrs. Jensen. Maybe next week.)
4. It’s given me a glimpse of her as a teenager
I’m so excited every day to hear about her adventures at school. I want to know everything. So, of course I ask her what she did at school, what was her favorite part of the day, how was lunch. You know what I get in reply? “I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT!” at the top of her screechy lungs. Perfect. As if I wasn’t already scared of the teen years.
5. I’m on time for work!
For the first time in, oh say, five years, I’m on time for work. The bus comes so stinkin’ early that as soon as it pulls away with my precious cargo on board, I’m hauling ass through Hartford! Sure I have to get up earlier than the sun, but it’s worth it. My co-worker remarked the other day as I walked in at 8:05, “Hey! You’re early!” Actually, no I was just barely on time, but thanks for noticing.
All in all, the year is off to a great start. Let’s hope I feel the same way after open house this week. Maybe I’ll even solve the mystery of “what do you do all day?” but I’m not holding my breath.