I was worried about this transition for both kids for different reasons. Ky is a smart kid who thrives on routine and once that routine is established/set he gets very thrown off at change. I had been prepping him for weeks that he would be going to a new classroom with new teachers because I had this inkling that the might have a major freakout when he realizes that Ariana is now in the same class with the same teachers he had last year. Not to mention, the class he was in got split into two classes and the majority of the kids he was with were now in the other class. Well, the prepping definitely worked because a few days before school started he was telling Hubs about his teachers and said their "new" names. And when I told him which of his friends WERE in his new class and that he would be seeing all his friends on the playground, he got super excited. I was so relieved!
Ariana on the other hand had a bit of a rough start when she started MDO last year. I pulled her out after a month because simply put, she wasn't ready. She was SO young (15 months) and at the time I thought it would be good for socialization but she was very attached to me and with it only being one day a week, there wasn't a good adjustment period for her to get used to it. So, I pulled her out and we attended a semester of "Mommy and Me" Montessori which really helped her adapt to a school-type environment. She LOVED it, thrived, and really looked forward to it each week. So, I thought she would be ready to attend the "2's MDO" which is the same classroom and teachers Ky was in last year.
She also was semi-familiar with the room and teachers since she went with me to drop Ky every time. I was concerned we might have the same issues, but she proved me SO wrong! Her teachers knew what had happened last year so they went out of their way to make her feel comfortable and acclimated and each day came to me with the highest praise. Even other teachers and the school secretary told me how great she was doing... I think they knew I was extra nervous ;)
So we packed all their bags the night before and told them how much fun they were going to have. Fed them a big breakfast and of course, took lots of pics.
I dropped them off and they both did SO well. Ky had a harder time on Day 3, but I think he was just generally cranky that day since he didn't sleep too well the night before. He was great the first two days and Ariana was, too. Huge relief for this Mama!
Meanwhile... I was able to go to a doctor's appointment solo, get my nails and eyebrows done and meet a friend for breakfast. Ky goes Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday and Ariana goes on Tuesday | Thursday which means I have two free mornings a week allllll to myself! Well, only for a short while since I start my work project at the end of the month (it got pushed back a month) but you better believe I'll savor every kid-free moment while I can! Next week's agenda? THE GROCERY STORE! Hip, Hip, Hooray... we all love school ;)