The LOs finally started nursery part time last week. I was excited knowing that 3 times a week, I will have a few hours of dedicated work/me-time in the morning but at the same time I was a bit worried about the LOs settling in and being able to fend for themselves.
DH and I went to drop them off together. All other kids were happily playing outside the nursery (in fact a churchyard, which I think is slightly eerie…..). When we arrived, the LOs ran off to play with the other kids almost immediately and we thought: Is that it ?! That was easy !
But no, that was not it at all… at least not for DS (DD was absolutely fine and had already made new friends). We said our good-byes and were about to skip out of the nursery/church gates when we all of a sudden heard DS’s heart-breaking cry. OMG, that was horrible ! The headmistress told us to just go and re-assured us that he will be fine. Reluctantly, we left. Very reluctantly…. I felt like such a horrible mother, abandoning my child under such distress !
People talk about how hard this can be, but I did not think it would happen to me/us. The LOs have always been very independent and happy to be away from us…. or so I thought.
First day, apparently DS screamed/cried for 1,5hr solid. Second day 1hr 15mins. Third day less than 1 hr. Today DH dropped them off and apparently they did not seem at all bothered. Was saying to DH that maybe he should be doing the drop-offs every morning from now on, as it seems less traumatic for them…..but not sure how much he liked that suggestion !
How was your first day at nursery ? Did it take a long time for your child to settle ? Did you stay with your child for a time before leaving them ?
Ps. received an e-mail from the head-mistress this evening telling me how well the LOs settled in and how well they are doing but still, I am not sure they can manage without me yet….. or is it just me who can’t manage without them ??