Monday, August 16, 2010

Will's first day of school

He wanted to make sure I got some pictures of him with his cool backpack.




Today was the first day of school for my William. I've been dreading this day for months (probably longer--like his whole life). I just really, really love having my boys near me. I love having them home. I finally decided that there was nothing I could do about this change, he had to go to school and I had to let him go sometime (what will I do when he leaves on his mission!!?). So when I drove him to school and walked him in his classroom I was ok. I gave him a hug and told him to be good and listen to his teacher. Then I left and he was too interested in the cool cup on his desk that his teacher had filled with school supplies to even care that I was leaving.

I let Eli sit in the front next to Isaac instead of in the back by himself and he was confused. "Where's Will," to which I responded, "At school." Though, it was more like, "At (choke on a lump in my throat) school (blink quickly so the tears don't fall)." And then we were all ok. I took the two boys to the park and we had a great time and we visited a friend and then a thought popped into my head, "You can go on walks again."

We went to pick Will up from school because I am definitely not ready for him to be in school AND riding the bus (except he really wants to so I'll probably give in and let him ride the bus home). I fully expected him to talk my ear off and be so excited about his day and was very surprised to find him lack luster about his first day. When his aunt called and asked him if he loved his first day he told her, "I wouldn't say I loved it. I liked it, but didn't love it." It was like pulling teeth to get anything out of him.

I'm hoping things will get better for him as he learns the rules and makes more friends. Pretty soon Isaac starts attending a preschool co-op so I'll be down another of my babies and I'll be left with just Eli wondering what the heck I ever did when I only had one kid.

12 comments:

Jess and Jason said...

That is such a huge step. I am proud of you for not crying, I cannot say that I have ever managed that. I hope that he loves it. It is so hard when they don't...

Mommo said...

I just loved this post. What a day! I am proud of you! It can be hard letting them go and trusting them to somebody else but like you said, it has to happen sometime and he has been so excited.
Cameron is the same way when it comes to not divulging any information. He will insist he does not even know the name of the kids who sit near him. He just keeps it all in. Silly boys.

Rachel said...

Glad YOU made it through the first day of school.

Jess and Jen said...

Oh, I didn't cry in front of Abby on her first day, but I certainly did as soon as she was out sight. She didn't divulge much info either, but she's getting better. She had LOTS to say today about her first day of school! Every year it's been hard for me to send her back to school. I cried a lot last night. It's just so much easier when they are close to you and you can protect them! I'm glad I have another week before I send Leah off to school! -Jen

Dad and Mom said...

It is hard to believe that William is old enough to go to school. Parting with him will get easier and you will come to enjoy the time that you have with just two and then with just one. It is also lots of fun when they do want to share with you what happens each day. He will share more and more as he gets used to school.

Cali said...

Oh...I'm crying. Collin starts next week and I'm not ready for it at all. Our school is 20 minutes away, so I'll probably send him on the bus (since 45 minutes twice a day sounds like a lot of driving to me). It's half day kindergarten, but the kids eat lunch at school, so he'll be gone for 5 hours. I don't know how I'll handle that. Maybe I'll feed him lunch here and then send him???

Anyway...I'll take any advise you have to give. I sure do admire you, Adrianne. You are such an amazing mother. Good luck with this transition, my friend.

And, can I say, he looks so much like you! I love his smile...melts my heart.

Lokodi said...

Is his kindergarten a full day or just half day? I had to take Eva back to her german kindergarten today. They only get three weeks of a break, but it was still hard to take her back. She cried and cried and said she didn't want to speak german anymore. Then she asked if I could just take her somewhere else like the CDC (which is the daycare on post and she's only been there a few times and only for a couple of hours each time). It broke my heart. She's only three and I don't think she needs to go, but Hans really wants her to pick up the language more and I suppose it is good for her. I definately know how you feel though.
I still can't believe Will is old enough to go to kindergarten though. That's just crazy. I love that picture of him with his spikey hair. He's one handsom dude!

Lindsey

Jed and Kera said...

I can totally see little Eli all confused. :O) that is cute. Hopefully Will will LOVE school once the teacher starts doing fun stuff. I'm glad you were tough, I can't even imagine how that feels though!! :O)

The Duke said...

He is such a gorgeous kid!!
The only thing any of my kids divulged for the first two years of school was anything to do with recess and lunch. Period. That was the single most important time of the day for them. He'll share more as he gets older unless he's like David and Lance. They shared very little for all of their lives. :)
Good for both of you for making it through the day.

Saimi said...

The only thing about the first day of school is they come home all grown and graduated.

School has a way of fast forwarding the years!

Keep taking pictures!

chelsey said...

I fully admit I cried when Geoff went off to kindergarten. And I was one of those mom's that thought she was "ready" to send him off all day!

Life as you know it has changed for the next oh, 12+ yrs as the boys go through school year after year. He was funny to talk to about school yesterday. He sounded just like Mike on the phone!

Lisa said...

Heidi starts on the 30th. I do not know what I am going to do with myself.