Lucky Mom

Aug. 17, 2006

Alec Going To Preschool. Good Lord What Have I Done?

My baby (almost 3 yr old Alec) who has been by my side pretty much every hour of every day for his entire life is going to full-time preschool in just a few short weeks.

It SEEMED like a great idea: have a newborn baby to take care of while Alec will get some real socialization within a wonderful Montessori setting!

Perfect!

Or not.

I can’t sleep anymore! I’m not sure I’m ready for this.

Plus, most of my other mommy friends are slowly introducing their 3+ year old kids to preschool via the ½ day programs, 2 or 3 days a week. And these kids LIKE other children and do well around them.

Alec would rather go to my nail appointments (and hang with the lovely ladies in the salon who adore him) then go play with a bunch of other kiddos. Going to ‘see Connieis one of his most asked for activities.

Alec and I leisurely hang out together every morning, having our breakfast, chatting and deciding where to go for the day. Park? Children’s Museum? Swimming or maybe shopping. I always ask him what he would like to do though he doesn’t always get his first priority.

Anyway, so, now his whole life is about to change and I’m certainly hoping for the better. He NEEDS socialization. Right?!

He’s not exactly shy but prefers adults to children. Or am I just justifying the fact that I NEED to only have one child from 9-3 M-F?

6 Comments Posted (Add Yours)

1

I'm sure the transition will be harder on you than on Alec! Especially that first month before the wee one arrives and you'll have all that free time to yourself.

2

From experience, it is much harder on mom than child. Jackson has been in ft daycare since he was 6 months old, but the transition to "school" when he was 16 months was terrifying for me! There is nothing worse than walking away from your baby when he is reaching out to you and calling "mommy". But within 2 weeks, he was excited to get to school and would run in to the classroom with a big grin on his face. Alec will be fine and the new baby will benefit from mommy and me time. Good luck and best wishes!

3

Christy - I'm sure you're right (right?) and thanks.

4

Oh thank you to your two other posts! As I have told you so many times before, Alec will be fantastic at school. He needs this and so do you my dear! I do, however, understand the fear that is associated with letting him go. I too have those fears with Jack (my 2 year old, who has been at my side since birth!). But at some point we must let go. Right? (I guess this may be part of me trying to talk myself into letting go as well!) Anyhow, back to you. Don't fret. This will be great for Alec and you will get some much needed, and I promise you after the first week, a HUGE welcome for you! You will cherish your "me" time and it will allow you to ready yourself for your new little princess. You will really enjoy it when you are allowed to have that same "one on one" time with your new little one as you did with Alec. He won't feel slighted, by the time baby comes he will be off and running to class and telling you about all the exciting things he did during the day when you go pick him up. Believe me, one of my happiest times of the day is when I go to pick up Garret. I am always so excited to get there! You'll see, it will all work out great! I promise!
So, go get some sleep! Relax.

5

Cheryl,

May I borrow some sleep? I need sleep.

6

Would you like me to take Alec so you can take a nap? He can come over and play with Jack??