i appreciated everyone’s supportive comments and concerns for us and the squirm on his first day of school, so i wanted to follow up on how it went.
the squirm was in an excellent mood when i dropped him off at head start. i don’t know if you all remember the mornings that went like this? —-> well they got a new teacher in his classroom that really knows her stuff, and now the mornings are much more upbeat. he actually wants to go. yesterday morning i walked him to the door, he ran in and commenced to playing. i said “can you give mommy a kisskiss?” he ran over, laid a big kiss on me, and went right back to playing. well, i was blubbering like a fool of course. the squirm hasn’t always been great at understanding what we ask, much less actually doing it. but he definitely understood me! it was all i could do to stop boohooing long enough to run the rest of my errands.
well, unbeknownst to me, one of my fears did come true. the bus did not pick him up at headstart on the first pass, but when it arrived at the elementary school without him they sent it back. the teacher let me know that he was occasionally tearful, but they were able to cheer him up easily and get him back with the program. that isn’t really surprising given the magnitude of the changes he faced yesterday.
from 3:30 on max and i were obsessively watching for the bus. they finally pulled up at 10 after 4, and handed off a limp squirmy. (i had a little fantasy he was going to take a nap, but of course he perked right up as soon as he saw he was home).
he didn’t seem any worse for wear, so i would say that constitutes a success? it is hard, since he doesn’t talk, to wonder how he liked the day, or worry about problems he can’t tell us about. but he was raring to go again this morning, so i took that as a sign that he was willing to try it all again.