When we went to pick up our Kid from his grandparents last night, I took a look at him running down the stairs to meet us and I swear he’d grown overnight. His legs seemed longer, and his face seemed more boyish and less babyish. In fact, there’s hardly any baby remaining in my three year old little boy.
He’s even progressed to wearing underpants all day long. Superhero underpants. Yes, potty-training is finally making progress. He gets a star at school, for using the little toilet (they seriously have miniature toilets in this place) and when he gets home from school, he uses the potty all by himself, and calls me when he’s done. He still gets a nappy at night, but I’m sure that won’t be for much longer, either. Just as soon as I can bring myself to set my alarm for those twice-nightly wake ups to take him to the toilet.
He’s settling in at his new school, too. Last week was horrid and there were even a few moments where he clung to my clothing, tears pouring down his face, begging me not to leave him. This morning seemed better, and he gave me a kiss and a wave and ran off to play in his favourite pair of gumboots. In that way, the rain this morning was a blessing – I got to entice him to be enthusiastic about going to school, by allowing him to wear his boots – something he never normally gets to do.
After having spent a month at home with me, he was reluctant to return to school and be parted from me. In fact, he even told me as much, tearfully “mommy, I don’t want to go to my jew (new) school, I want you.” - part of the reason for this.
His new school seems fantastic thus far – it’s much closer to home than the daymother was. The school is clean, neat, bright and beautifully decorated and the teachers are all excellent with small people. There are lots of flowers and herbs and there are rabbits running around the massive playground. They’ve got baby chicks and guinea pigs and they have baking classes and do music and soccer, and I’ve signed him up for swimming lessons, too. He’s made some new friends and seems to be adjusting well. I’m relieved.
I’m also looking forward to having more time to spend with him, more time to be involved – he’s growing really quickly and I don’t want to miss any of it.