Friday, August 16, 2019

First Week of Kindergarten

We survived our first week of kindergarten! I am SOOO exhausted, haha!! The new routine and little bit of anxiety from the week has worn me out. I'm glad it's Friday so we can take a few days to reset and relax before we start over. Fridays (and Monday's) have a whole new meaning to me now!!
Campbell's first day of kindergarten went exactly as I expected. He cried at drop off and I counted down the minutes until I got to pick him up. We walked Campbell to school but thought it would be easier to drive to pick him up. We sat in the car line for over an hour and vowed to never do it again! I know they were working out kinks and I honestly wasn't frustrated at the situation because they warned us that may happen. We just figured why drive when we're so close. Campbell was happy and smiley when we picked him up and we looked forward to doing it all over again the next day.
On the second day of kindergarten I woke up at 4:55. I have no idea why but I never could go back to sleep so I just got up and hit the peloton. We had always planned on Scott taking Campbell to school but Campbell wanted me to do it this week. When I dropped Campbell off, he fought the tears back pretty hard. It made me sad but I wasn't surprised. At least it was improvement from the day before where he flat out cried. As soon as I dropped him off I went to the office to change him from being a "car rider" to a "walker." Being a walker is wonderful! The bell rings and a group of kiddos literally walk out of the door instantly. I had Campbell back to our house 9 minutes after school let out. When Campbell saw me, he cried with relief. It broke my heart. I had a moment where I thought "this isn't going to work for us" and then I was like "well, I guess we don't really have much of a choice though" Ha!! Campbell had, had a stressful day. He left his lunchbox on the playground and I guess he realized it when he was in music and he said he started crying. Thankfully someone found his lunchbox and returned it to his teacher. But that was obviously very stressful for him because I can't ever get him to talk about anything that happened during the day but he was quick to inform me about his traumatizing lunchbox loss. I prayed real hard for the next day to be better.
To our surprise, Campbell has woken up on his own every morning at 6:30. He has always slept until 7:00 on the dot for basically his entire life. We've been making sure he's asleep by 7:30 every night and I think he just crashes so hard that he wakes up at 6:30 feeling rested and ready to go! This has been such a nice thing for Scott and I. We had planned on waking Campbell up at 6:45 every day but he comes down on his own at 6:30, crawls in our bed, and eats breakfast while he watches a show. It's been nice that he has 45 minutes to just be before getting his day started. Our third day drop off went much better. No a smile, but not a frown. I informed his teacher that we were struggling and I'm glad I did because she took Campbell under her arm and told him about all of the fun things they were planning that day. He perked up and I snuck out. When I picked him up he was smiling so big and told me all kinds of things about his day like who he played with on the playground and something about Pete the Cat.
Drop off today was a million times better. Campbell informed me halfway into our walk to school that he didn't need me to walk him to class. But we brought Bennett along with us and he wanted to see Campbell's classroom so I tagged along with my suddenly brave boy. Campbell was proud to show Bennett his school. When we picked him up, he was so happy and seemed so much older than he did at the start of the week. A weight was lifted off my shoulders.
I woke up at 4:55 again this morning (what is this?) and decided to just get up and go to the gym. I managed to get my Peloton workout in every day this week and I'm glad. I wasn't sure if it would work out with the new schedule but it looks like it's going to....or maybe it's just that I think I need to wake up while the moon is still out, I have no idea. Regardless, our week went smoothly (minus the tears part) however, I'm just so tired. I think I'm mentally zapped. I'm looking forward to the weekend and hopefully Campbell is excited to go back to school on Monday. Starting Monday parents are no longer allowed to walk them to class and that just stresses me out(!!) but I know Campbell knows how to get to class and he'll be just fine. Lots of growing up and changes this week for our family. Big week for us that I'm sure we'll always remember.

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