Well, we survived!
I woke up before my alarm this morning and was a little teary just thinking that today was the day. Drew woke up just before 7 and said "Is it kindergarten today?!" My sweet boy, he was so excited! I intended to make Drew a special first day of school breakfast, but Dan beat me to it and had him eating his typical English muffin with cream cheese before I got done with my hair. I quickly scrambled up some eggs so he would have some protein to give him energy for his first day. He got dressed quickly, brushed his teeth, washed his face and did his hair. He got his back pack on and was all set to go, but we still had twenty minutes before we had to leave!
After I was finally ready (I didn't want to look like a slob in front of all the kindergarten parents and teachers), we took some pictures out front and got in the car to drive to school. When we got there it was a mad house with nowhere to park! After we drove around a few times we parked far away and walked to the school. We were a tiny bit late and when we got to the classroom Drew put his backpack on a hook and tried to just go sit down on the carpet with the other kids without even saying goodbye! I grabbed a quick hug and a kiss and let him go. I stayed to watch for a few minutes, but he was just fine. I don't think he even knew that I was still there. So I grabbed a tissue by the door and quietly stepped out. There were a few tears as I left, so I was thankful for the walk I had to get back to my car.
While he was in school I tried to distract myself by taking Ava with me to the gym. By the time 11:00 rolled around we were ready to go back and pick Drew up. When he came walking out of his classroom he saw me and waved and tried to run over to me...so sweet! But he had to stay in line with the rest of his class and wait for me to pick him up by the fence.
I wanted to start some sort of first day of school tradition, so we decided to go for ice cream at Baskin Robbins. On the way there Drew and I had this conversation:
Mom: Drew, I want you to tell me all about kindergarten.
Drew: Well, I will just tell you one thing.
Mom: No, I want you to tell me lots of things!
Drew: OK, I will tell you five things, but that's all.
Drew: Well first I wrote my name. Only four things left...
Mom: (laughing) OK, what else did you do?
Drew: Then I drew a picture of myself and you and daddy and my sister. Then I had a snack and played on the playground. And the last thing I did was go outside to see the grown-ups.
I tried to get more information, but it was hard to come by! He doesn't remember the names of any of the kids in his class, he likes his teacher, he was good but some boys got in trouble for pushing and hitting in line (uh-oh!), and his teacher said he should leave his pencil box at school. That's all I could get out of him today, maybe tomorrow there will be more info.
I think he had a pretty good day and I am so proud of my big boy. Now we will both just have to get used to doing this every day...