First, we added the word school to our vocabulary. George and Olivia already knew the word, but it was generally referred to as where BB and DB work... therefore we've switched our terminology. Now mommy and daddy go to work, and the kids go to school. How terrible would that be to think you're going to visit mommy and daddy and instead get left at a new place where you don't know anyone?! Oh, wait...
Then again, mommy and daddy work at a school, but George, Olivia, and Samuel go to scyool :) Best spelling I can provide... there apparently is no K sound in their scyool. Ha ha!
Monday - G and O were a bit overwhelmed and had some tears when they realized we were leaving, but as soon as we got them to hold hands, there wasn't too much drama. Then again, we did kind of sneak out... is that bad? We told them earlier we were leaving! No, not guilty in the least. When we picked them up, George's face lit up, then his little bottom lip started to quiver... sweet boy :)
Tuesday - Much drama from G and O. G had the hardest time... we was so upset about having to go back that he barely ate breakfast. Once there, the teachers tried to distract him, but every minute or so he would remember I was gone and run back to the exact place I left and weep. But so sweet, G and O comforted each other throughout the day :) That afternoon at home I heard G talking to himself... over and over again, "mommies always come back." Break my heart!! Night was the hardest for O... she is my sleeper, but had a tough time and frequently asked, "mommy, where are you?"
Tuesday was Samuel's first day at his school! It's about an hour away, so we can only do twice a week, but it works out well because the other three days a week he has 6+ therapy visits. DB wasn't in school yet, so he took him, found a good spot near there to get some work done, and then drove him home. DB is definitely concerned about me making this drive so often (it's been nearly 8 months since we visited so our memories have cherry coated the drive time), and we have talked about how we hope it will be worth it. On the drive home, DB called me to say it is SO worth it!
A sweet story from Samuel's first day is that he cried when DB left. I know that sounds nuts, but it hasn't been long since we wondered whether he really knew/cared who we were... and recently, the bond is becoming clearer and clearer. What a wonderful feeling! Also, Samuel played with another little boy :)
Day Three - G wakes up again talking about "I don't have to go to scyool," with a pleading look that cuts right through you. Lucky for him, we took a break from school for G and O for Little Red Dog Foundation presentation. Great organization! Post coming...
Day Four - G and O still not excited. Lot of tears at drop off, but they were fairly quick to settle. G still had the hardest time, but O made sure to bring him lots of toys and hugs to try and cheer him up :) Too cute, when O got upset, G gave her a little twig and she carried it around all day. Love it!
Day Five - G had a complete break down upon seeing the school when we rounded the corner in the car. By the time we parked the car, he was crying so hard that no noise was coming out. Sheesh. But, once again, he calmed quickly once I left and they both had a good day :)
Day Five (Friday), was also Samuel's second day for school. DB made the trip again, and had nothing but positive things to say about the day! The nurses love our Samuel, and he's pretty fond of them, too :)
While we had some rough days, I'm pretty sure the only reason I cried this week is for joy. My babies can go to scyool and hang out with other boys and girls... my Samuel is healthy enough!
On Day Six, George was relieved to hear it was Saturday and there was no school that day :) Stay tuned for the second week, it's all uphill from here for G and O, and Samuel continues to be a rock star!
Happy First Day of School!
Olivia and George, blissfully unaware that we will be leaving them here today :)
After the failure of the original good bye, holding hands seemed to ease some anxiety :)