[ Tuesday, September 14, 2010 ]
Kate decided to change her name. On the first day of school, she told everyone her name was Kitty. Her teacher even made a name tag for her that said "kitty". Funny enough, I had been calling her kitty for years because of her love of all things feline. Only after her teacher called me and introduced herself as "Kitty's kindergarten teacher" I realized she actually made it stick. And then I learned that Kitty is not an unusual nickname for someone called Katherine. Go figure.
[ Wednesday, September 08, 2010 ]
I was a wreck all day yesterday worrying about Kate. I had to almost physically restrain myself to avoid calling the school, but it paid off when I saw her happy smiling face at the end of the day. She LOVED school (and apparently stopped crying 2 minutes after I left). She chatted non-stop about all the fun she had, her new friends Colette and Ester, and - surprise, surprise - PE class. Kate inherited my laziness and hates exercising so this was great to hear! Unfortunately, all the wonderful fuzzy feelings about school faded this morning at drop-off time. There were some tears and mild clinging, but not nearly as bad as yesterday so perhaps tomorrow will be a dry morning!
[ Tuesday, September 07, 2010 ]
On a scale 1 to 10 - 10 being the most awful drop off possible - I'd say the first day of kindergarten was about a 7. Kate was alternately excited and sad through breakfast, dropping a few tears now and again, but the situation really escalated when we arrived at school. She was sobbing so hard I had to stay there for 45 minutes, but there was nothing I could say or do that would comfort her. Surprisingly she was the only child crying in a room full of kids on "Extended Day". Colette, a cute little girl who will be in Kate's class, tried to strike up a conversation but Kate was only interested in crying. When the staff led the kids away to their classrooms, I said goodbye and caught a last glimpse of Kate still drying her eyes and holding Colette's hand. If tomorrow is this bad, I might jump off a bridge.
[ Sunday, September 05, 2010 ]
My first bento lunch for Kate was a huge hit. Definitely easier than I thought, and she now wants bento every day.