About a month ago, I started toying with the idea of sending Hadley to a Parent's Day Out program one day a week. Sean is off on Mondays and Tuesdays and keeps her then and he was having a hard time getting things done with a 10-month-old crawling around.
I also thought it would be good for her developmentally to spend more time around kids her age. My mom keeps her two days a week and she's around her 2-year-old cousin on those days, but I worried that wouldn't be enough interaction.
I got advice on local churches with good programs and decided on one last week, registered her and yesterday was the first day. Whew!
When we were at the Open House Monday night, I could tell Sean was questioning our decision. In the car on the way to dinner he said, "I don't know how we're going to leave her with strangers . . . we don't even know those people."
I reassured him that life from here on out is going to be a series of trusting teachers with our child and hoping for the best. Kind of a scary concept.
But, I'm happy to report that Hadley's first day of pre-preschool was a swimming success. I had everything packed up the night before in her adorable Pottery Barn backpack and lunchbox -- complete with teacher suck-up gifts.
Sean dropped her off yesterday morning expecting tears, but from the second she laid eyes on her classmates, our girl was all smiles, waves and claps (compliments of the highest order in her world).
In this picture (taken through the glass window by a lingering and worried papa) Hadley's teacher is calling her over to help console the little boy in yellow who was "flipping the eff out" to quote Sean. Proud mama here.
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