He had been going to nursery. The same nursery that his sister went to from the age of 2 and 3 months. So it was only natural that I wanted to send him there as well. The ladies are all so caring and show a genuine interest in the children. He still currently attends one day a week but will not be returning come January. Which does make me extremely sad as it is sort of an end of an era for us as a family. That leaves us with no more ties in the village we previously lived.
His new Preschool, is so lovely and is a completely different set up to his previous nursery. Firstly they have sessions, either a morning or an afternoon. Which actually I have found Archie responds much better to. He much prefers going to play and learn for the morning and coming home to me for the afternoon before fetching his sister. It works a lot better for him and he is a different child. He is not so tired and is much more relaxed.
What I do find with Archie is that when his routine changes he wont cry or get upset, rather he shows his emotions by getting very angry and the smallest thing will upset him, last week his sleep was horrendous. But I do honestly believe it was all to do with the changes going on in his life and that was how he was letting me know he was struggling.
Mr T and I were pulling our hair out at one point, in hindsight I now know that it was because of all the change he was going through. The last few days he is a different boy. The happy little cheerful and kind little boy I know.
In the morning he gets in his little blue uniform which is a T-shirt and Jumper. He insists: ‘Mummy I can dress myself, I can mummy’. It takes him a while but he furiously pulls his top and jumper on with great speed usually popping the wrong arm in the wrong sleeve. But eventually he gets it right. He is a determined little man I will give him that. He gets his box ready at the front door and chooses himself a change of clothes. And then he heads into the lounge for some telly and cereal ready to start his day. Seriously, where has my baby boy gone? In so many ways he is so grown up but in others so very little still. I love him so much and I am so proud to watch him grow.
The story behind his little box for preschool: Sophia had one too when she attended the same preschool. I have honestly never seen it before but I think it is the most loveliest idea and really helps the children to settle in their new surroundings.
When we went for his induction day he was given a Fairy washing powder box, which has a handle. He was asked to decorate it as he wished (well mummy to do it) He choose superheroes, and the next day we set off to town to find wrapping paper and all the other bits to make it a superhero theme for him. We brought the paper from Paperchase and the other bits from Hobby Craft but the Superheroes were easy as I just printed them off the internet so that was handy. We spent Sunday afternoon putting it all together using the glue gun. Archie was sticking and cutting right beside me.
On Monday he was very proud to carry it in. He keeps all his bits in there, wellies, change of clothes, and of course any correspondence or pictures goes in there and goes to and fro from the preschool.
I actually have a picture of sophia with her box when she was 4 before she started primary school. It makes my heart swell to see her on her bike, her little helmet and box in hand. She too was very proud of her box.My little boy is growing up and I am reminded of it everyday. Even now when I look at this photo of Sophia, it seems like yesterday we were walking to Pre school together and now she is in year one.