Been a hectic few weeks, hence why I haven’t blogged in a while so have a few thing to catch up on.
To start, here’s all about Joshua’s first week at nursery.
I got far to use to having my little sidekick by my side 24/7. I was dreading his first week with the childminder while I was at University. In my first week, I felt like I left half of my body at home. I spent 99.9% of my week worrying about Joshua and wanting to get back to him as quick as I could. Turns out that on a primary PGCE, you do not have the well-needed 3 hour free time like you do on an undergraduate course. No, when they say your day starts at 9 and finishes at 5, they are not kidding. The best part of my day is coming home to my gorgeous happy little boy.
The taster sessions were fine, I went with him on his first day and only left him for an hour on two more days. I was only up the road, so I knew it would be fine. She said he was brilliant, he was a bit shy with the other children but loved participating in all the messy play activities and listening to story time and song hour. When I picked him up, he had the biggest smile on his face, he looked like he had so much fun which is all I ever wanted.
Dropping him off on his first day was absolutely heart-breaking. I was re-thinking everything. It generally took me about 10 minutes to pluck up the courage to get out of the car. When I finally did, he recognised her and the other children and ran in and made himself right at home. His childminder sent me pictures of him throughout the day so I could see how much fun he was having. When I collected him, he ran straight up to me, nearly falling over he was running that quick. He jumped straight into my arms giving me the biggest cuddle he had ever given me. I felt so loved and it was such a special moment that I will never forget. When we got in, I had never seen him so tired in my whole life, he looked like he needed to sleep for a whole year. That tired, he fell straight asleep in my arms and then went to bed and fell asleep on the floor.
I felt slightly better dropping Joshua off the following days. When we pulled up outside, he knew where we were and he would scream in excitement. The childminder said that he has settled in extremely well even if it does take two off them to change his nappy because he is such a fidget bum. He’s eating like a king and still tries to taste all the other children’s food, I don’t know where he puts it all. Joshua goes on days out constantly and paints pictures for me almost every day. Receiving these paintings are the best gift that any parent could ever wish for. I get so excited to get home to look through his personal dairy to see what he has been up to throughout the day and what painting he has made for us.
I know how hard it was for me to leave him. But Joshua is coming on so well. The childminder is brilliant. She is even supporting us with his communication by using Makaton and visual cards with him. She even works towards the EYFS which is extremely important for us in terms of his development. His childminder continues to send me pictures of Joshua throughout the day. Knowing Joshua is happy and enjoying himself is what keeps me going.
All my love as always,