Monday, August 17, 2009

The First Day...

Will's first day of school was today. I had to wake him up, tube him breakfast, get him dressed and brush his teeth. He was all set. I was so nervous that he would have no idea what was going on so I kept telling him that the bus was going to come and take him to school and then I would come and pick him up. I know he didn't understand me but I kept saying it over and over to him.


The bus came to pick him up at 7:50am. I am not allowed to step foot on the bus for "liability reasons" so I had to hand him to the aide that was on the bus. That is when he started crying. That is when I started crying. He didn't understand what was going on and I felt really guilty for handing him over to strangers. I waved goodbye, signed I love you and blew him a kiss. And then stood there and cried as they buckled him into his car seat on the bus. If you look in the picture and see that sweet little hand pressed up against the window, that is Will waving goodbye to me. It broke my ever-loving heart.



And then the bus drove off.



And I cried for the next 45 minutes. It was very strange to not have any kids around for 3 hours. I picked him up from school at 11:45am. His teacher said that he did very well and didn't cry at all. They let him explore the classroom a lot today but encouraged him to do things with the class. If he wasn't interested they didn't push it. When I got there, Mr. Cow was sitting on the shelf waiting for Will to come and love on him. When Will noticed that I was there he ran to me and gave me a big hug. It made me feel better.

10 comments:

Shawnery said...

Wow, What a emotional, but exciting day. YAY for Will! Glad to see it went well for him! You did great too. ;)

Christine said...

Wow! What a day ! That picture of Will with his hand on the window melted my heart and made me cry. You are one brave momma. I'm glad Will had a great first day. Did you do something special for you during those three hours?
Hugs Myssie, I'm proud of you.

angie said...

What a bittersweet moment it is for us mamas who are so attached to our special babies. We yearn for their independence, but the transition is as difficult for us as it is for them. I'm glad that Will had a good day. I remember that first day that Em went to school very well. It was so tough....on me, but she just blossomed after that...and I know that Will will too:).

Hugs to you Mama!

Lora said...

Oh Myssie! What a hard day for you. It's kind of appropriate that it was rainy. Crying is best on rainy days.

I'm so glad Will didn't cry while he was there, and that he had Mr. Cow around to hug! What a brave little boy he is.

Jessica mommy to Alex/ RTS said...

Im so glad he didnt cry at school, and I bet that hug he ran up and gave you was your best hug yet!
Hoping the transition period is short!

Cindy said...

How great that he had a wonderful first day! I know it takes time for you to adjust...it took me several weeks. But the second day, Natalie was so excited to get on the bus, I knew everything was fine.

Michelle said...

You made it through!! Btw, you have me in tears! Oh that must have been so hard for you! Austin's first year at preschool I had the option to drive him (which I did-only 3 miles from my house) so the 2nd year I had him ride a bus to prepare him for the bus to Kindergarten the following year. Yes, mommy's need transitioning tools too.

Terri H-E said...

Day 1, down. How did the bus routine go today?

I hope you'll start relishing your 3 hours a day before too long, but I know it takes a bit.

Thinking of you and this new start!

Our Journey said...

how sweet!! what a big boy and strong momma!!!

im dreading that day :( frankie will be 3 in march :(

Kelly said...

Will lookes so cute on his first day of school with his backback. However, the hand on the bus window brought tears to my eyes. Kelly F