Monday, 3 September 2007

End of an era

Schools out no longer and it's the end of an era...

Small starts nursery/pre-school tomorrow. It sort of helps that I thought it was next week that he started. This way I haven't been thinking about it too much. He will be attending two nurseries and he wont start the other one for a few weeks yet which is why I didn't realise that he starts tomorrow (I am useless, either that or trying to delude myself!). Now of course having found the paperwork I probably wont sleep tonight and tomorrow I'll cry a lot! It's funny I never thought I'd worry. He's a bundle of fun and mischief and thinks nothing of being in your face but he is also vulnerable, caring, soft and loving and he just wants to be loved and liked, just like any other child and I know him like nobody else knows him and now, well now I lose a little part of him.

Little is now an expert and goes back into Year 2. If I recall I spent the first few weeks crying every time I dropped him off at pre-school. My excuse, both being August babies I had only just had Small a few weeks before and was full of caesarean stitches, milk and hormones. This time I'm rather hoping I'll only cry on the first morning and well after I've got back to the safety of my car.
Not sure if I'll need this
OR this...

OR both...

Love you beautiful babies... Good luck for the year ahead, we're right behind you, every step of the way!


MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Oh both, I'd use both after all they're two of those little ones so it stands to reason you'll need two cures.
Ah Amanda love em at each stage but really the best is when they are independent and then come back.

Cynthia said...

Awwww, I can only imagine the pangs a parent feels when they have to let go of their little ones to the world of exploring other people and being away from them for long periods of time... it's true I think, you lose a part of them that you never get back... but look on the bright side, you'll have all those other growing up challenges to look forward to :) Hmmmm, since I'm not a chocolate lover, I'd say you'll probably need the latter (lol)

african vanielje said...

I'm sure that they'll both do fine but I would suggest a double dose of choc & booze to get you thru. Booze only after you have driven them there of course. good luck

Marie said...

What an exciting and yes a bit of a sad time as well. I remember when each one of my children started school, it was a mixture of feelings. On the one hand I was pleased that they were ready and mature enough to begin this new adventure in their lives, and yet at the same time I was a bit sad that they would be leaving me a litle bit behind and that I would no longer be their whole world. sigh ... Bring on the Blacks', you got me all nostalgic now...

Great Big Veg Challenge said...

Take both Amanda. But obviously hit the bottle after you have parked the car...
Hope it goes well.

Meeta said...

Ohh! Amanda my dearest - my heart goes out to you. But you will see they will be fine. I can so relate to what you are saying. Being the same age, Soeren and I are also going through the same. But I see he is strong and motivated and he is really enjoying his new school. I am sure Small will fit in perfectly.

But take the shot and the choc and comfort yourself. It helps. If not I'm here to talk anytime you want!

Margaret said...

So sweet!! You'll definitely need both Amanda. I think maybe you'll need to change the milk choc for the stronger plain though. Good Luck. Mx

Kelly-Jane said...

I'd go for both as well! Very best of luck to Small (and Little)first step into the big world.

Mine started nursery (pre-school) a couple of weeks ago, she's fine, it's me who's all teary! As one of the other Mum's put it - it's a slippery slope... We'll have to cry together =)


Patricia Scarpin said...

I think they will be fine, they have you as their mom, after all!

Amanda, I was watching some footage we have home from when my sister was a baby (she turned 14 last month) and I cried all the time. Of course it's not the same, since I'm not a mom yet, but I can slightly imagine what you are going through.

I'd like to have a glass of Cava with you, if you don't mind.

Joanna said...

Good luck ... to you both ... with luck, it'll be no time at all before the mornings are flying by for both of you, and it all seems natural and right.

Letting go ... it's the hardest part of being a parent, every single time you do it, however old they are.

Hope it goes well


Cottage Smallholder said...

It must be a wrench, Amanda. The house will seem so quiet at first.

I think you need to go and find yourself a special present for being such a good mum.

Asha said...

Hi Amanda, can't read much but saying a quick hello to you!:)

Pat said...

((((Amanda))))) that is a hug btw. I remember when my sons went off to school for the first time. Seems a whole lifetime ago. Big hugs to you and to Small too, as it is a new begining for him.

Nora B. said...

Hi Amanda, how are you and the kids coping? My mother still cries whenever I leave Singapore to return to Sydney, actually I cry too.

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Thank you for all your lovely comments.

Tanna, I took 2 glasses of red instead! 1 for each of them like you said. Your words speak much to me!! Thank you x

Cynthia, all those other growing up challenges??? eeek! I'm now remembering all my friends terrible behaviour because of course I was an angel! ;-)

African Vanielje, Waited until dinner this evening - promise!

Marie, Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could just press the hold button for a moment sometimes. Not forever but just for a while and take it all in.

Charlotte, thank you, don't know why I haven't hit the chocolate this evening. Got rather involved with the TV which doesn't happen often.

Meeta, thank you Sweetie. They will be fine, I know, it's just another stage. Glad Soeren is doing well with it all. Change is a big deal, especially when they're that small.

Margaret, you know I've done without the chocolate but reading that may just sneak a square or two before bed.

Kelly-Jane, Right with you! Tea at 10 tomorrow, large slice of cake?

Patricia, Thank you, I feel better for being all emotional now. I'd love you to have a glass of cava with us.

Joanna, If I can have the kind of holidays with my children when they're older that you have with yours - I'll be happy.

Fiona, THANK YOU! That was loud and quiet all at the same time.

Asha, Hey, hope your eyes are okay!

Pat, Thank you, I've had a few hugs today. Some virtual and some real and they've all meant a lot.

Nora, I bet you do! It's the little things that make me realise just how fortunate I am and today was one of those days. Thank you and hug your Mum real tight the next time you see her,

Thank you again so much for your comments.


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