25 September 2016

Feeling emotional on my daughters first day at nursery

The first day at nursery. A big day. One day you are a little toddler, the next a big girl. 

Our daughter has stayed home with her daddy until now, three and a bit years. Now she has started nursery at our local primary school. Her uniform consists of black leather trainers, dark grey jogging bottoms, white polo shirts and a bottle green cardigan. She looks so grown up wearing all that!



toddler in front of blackboard wall

first day at nursery blackboard wall art

first day at preschool blackboard wall art ideas



Her daddy took her to the nursery on her first day. Although I would have loved to be there, walk her down to school for her first session, needs must, work must, and I was unable to get out of the office on that day. As was told to me, she refused to get pictures taken, practically dragged my husband down the road and shouted "Come on daddy... no pictures it's time for NURSERY at my school... yahoooo!". 

Talk about enthusiasm. I hope that will last for the next 20 odd years.

On her second day I was able to work from home, so I got to walk her. Again, she was pulling us along and shouting "Come on mummy! Come on daddy! We are going to nursery!". At the nursery doors she slipped inside, not even looking back at me. I called her name from the door, asking her to say bye bye to mummy, and she did not even look up from her sand pit and pouring jugs. 

Feeling all emotional and a bit tearful at what a big girl she was, I turned to my husband to say that she doesn't even need us. And as the teacher shouted that all parents can now leave, all the slightly bewildered and nervous parents gathered at the gates begrudgingly started slowly walking away. And every few steps you could see someone peeking a look behind their shoulders, just in case. 

For the past few months she had been talking practically everyday how she wanted to go to school and to nursery. Despite knowing that she was desperate for more interaction with other children, I don't think we realised quite how enthusiastic she would be, and how well she would take it. She now goes to nursery for 24 hours a week and loves it. 

And I suppose that is a good thing, but gosh, doesn't it feel just so strange to see your baby growing up...



toddler excited about going to school

pulling mummy along while walking to school

walking with daddy to school nursery

walking with mummy to school nursery





How did the first day at nursery / school go for you?







19 comments:

  1. Oh wow what a milestone! My second girl started nursery this term, sort of for the second time because she went to nursery when she was a baby before her Daddy stayed home. I missed her first day, having been there for her big sister's first day the day before but I had no worries, she ran straight in and like your little miss, could barely remember to look back to wave. It's strange in some ways seeing them take that first step away from us, but at the same time, the confidence and faith that we'll come back again is proof of a job well done!

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    1. That's brilliant! It is in a way heart breaking, but at the same time, so much better that they are happy to go. It would make it so much more difficult for us if they were not happy or didn't like it. I think both of us have been lucky in that sense. I'm glad it worked out well for your family too :)

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  2. Lovely photos. It is so strange seeing them growing up and start adventures without you but then you get to share so much of it along the way xx

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    1. I know - it is such a weird feeling. I sort of want her to me my baby forever, but I guess this is just part and parcel... :)

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  3. Wait - wasn't she a baby the other day?! No way.

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    1. Tell me about it! Oh how time flies...

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  4. My daughter is a similar age and at preschool. Her first day went well, it was once she realised I was leaving her that the tears started! I hope she had a great day! x

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    1. Aww bless, I hope it got better for her once she got more used to it!

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  5. Aww I am so glad to hear she likes it so much. What a relief! My little one gets really upset at drop off time but loves it when she is there. It is so sad letting them go and seeing them grow, but it is lovely too. I love your pictures :) x

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    1. Aww, I am glad your little one enjoys their time though, even if the drop off is a bit emotional :) It is great seeing them grow isn't it, but sad too at the same time!

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  6. Our little girl was do ready for pre-school. Barely a backward glance! 😭

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  7. Aww bless her she does look and sound so excited to start nursery! Monkey was really nervous about starting his preschool when he started at 2 1/2 and took a while to settle, but he has just started school and gone in so so easily which is a huge relief. Our LM will be a different kettle of fish as she is much more confident and I'm sure she will be so excited for preschool too! Xx #ftmob

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    1. Yes it probably does depend alot on their personalities. My daughter for a long time was talking about how she wanted to go to school and play with friends. The older she got the more she vocalised it. I can imagine if you are a bit younger it can be a bit scarier. I hope it will go well with LM!

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  8. Awww bless her heart, it is such a strange feeling isn't it? They feel so grown up all of a sudden and it is such an emotional feeling. It's great that she is so excited and loves it so much though. Long may that continue. Love the photos of her by the chalkboard too. xx

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    1. Thanks - it was fun doing these chalkboard pictures and I think we'll make it an annual thing :) It is the strangest feeling - proud, sad, elated, a mixture of so many conflicting feelings!

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  9. It's so bittersweet to see them growing up like this, isn't it? So glad your little girl is enjoying nursery though and is so excited and enthusiastic about going. Love the photo of her in front of the blackboard wall - she really does look so grown-up! Thanks for linking up to #ftmob :-)

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    1. It really is, bittersweet is a great way of describing it. I was glad it went so well and that she enjoys it. So much she doesn't want to stay home at all anymore :D Thanks for hosting!

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