Seriously, people, Ingrid is huge now! She is just getting so big and mature and she just turned three. I feel like it was forever ago that she was a baby.
Yesterday was her first day at preschool. She loved it!! As soon as she woke up she was begging to go. She wore her backpack with her pjs until it was time to get dressed. She ran up the stairs into Miss Carrie's house, ran right to her first project, and didn't even look at me when I said good bye. I said it a couple more times until she finally called over her shoulder "Okay, mama, bye!"
Some people cry at leaving their child for the first time. I did not. I immediately got home, put Otis down for his nap, and sewed like a madwoman! I got SO MUCH accomplished in the few hours she was gone, it was awesome! I got washcloths listed, made a couple sets of cloth wipes and listed those, even got the front of a robot quilt done. Otis was asleep for a couple hours, then he woke up and was cuddly and smiley, then he ate, and it was time to go get Ingrid. What a great morning!
The teachers said she just jumped right in, and they were helping her learn what each thing was for. "Miss Jamie could barely keep up with her," they said, which is code for damn, she's got a lot of energy! But they took it in stride and seemed to like her enthusiasm. Good. We came home with some paintings and drawings she had done and she passed out for a two hour nap directly after coming home.
Tomorrow is another day, we'll see how she does with it after the novelty wears off. I have a feeling she'll like it, she needs social time with other people, as she is a social person and is stuck at home with me and her little brother all the time. When we go to the park and there are other kids there, she runs over and gives them these huge hugs that make me think she is starved for other kids!
We also found out about a couple other Montessori public schools in the area that have openings for their K3 program, so it looks like we will be able to send her in the fall! Exciting! The one in our neighborhood is one of the most popular schools in the city so they basically laughed at me when I asked if I get her in. There is a 90 child waiting list. So we have to drive her to another school instead of walking to our neighborhood school, which pisses me off. But, what are you gonna do? I will enroll her in another school for this year and then for K4 hopefully we can get her in the one in our neighborhood.
All this from a person that wasn't even sure I wanted to send her to school at all! Brendan is amazed by my switch. But I think it's all to do with Montessori. It really seems to gel well with Ingrid's personality, and it's not the same old school like I had. I just see her being so advanced and mature for her age and I cringe to think of her with the basic stuff I had to do. I was SO bored in school. I don't want that for her. If she can be in a Montessori school I think it will be better for her. Yay MPS for having Montessori schools--like six or seven of them!