They were nervous. Mostly Sierra.
I wisely had them start on a Monday so that Payson would start the next day and I could focus on the older two and not worry about Payson going to kindergarten just yet. Sierra really needs my full attention on her first day. Brooke is awesome and will walk to her class without fear (she does like me to walk her to class!) but Sierra gets fairly traumatized by it all.
It takes her a while to warm up to a new class/teacher. She cries for quite a while and it’s really heartbreakingly sad. I know she will love school once she’s stopped crying but seeing her devastation at my walking away brings me directly back to my childhood and the dozens of times that happened to me. I was as shy as Sierra and I know how she feels. It’s consuming, the fear and anxiety of a brand new school! Even though most teachers probably prefer I scattle out of the class right away I remember being a kid and how having my mom there for just an extra minute or two while I got seated and looked around would’ve given me immense comfort. So I stuck around for about five minutes! After I’d caused enough chaos in the class (sorry teacher!) but Sierra had calmed down and felt a bit more secure in her new surroundings, I left.
I happened to look back down the hall before turning the corner and Sierra had walked into the hall after me! She was crying and waving and blew me a kiss. It was so sweet and sad. Poor girl. I blew her a kiss and said, “I love you Seece, just give it a couple minutes. Remember, a couple minutes and all the scariness will be totally gone!” (we’d talked the day before about how starting a new school is scary but after like two minutes, five minutes tops, everything feels fine! She’d just experienced that two weeks before with the other school they’d gone to, so that really helped)
Brooke was easy peasy when we went to her class. She was feeling apprehensive mostly because two new schools in two weeks! That was intense! But she went into her class and met all the other kids and didn’t look back. Her teacher was nice enough to say hi in the hall and ask Brooke a few questions with me there before taking her into class. Having that minute to adjust to the new teacher before meeting an entire class helped that little bit of nervousness settle down.
It was cold that day and like every single place we go, Ember cried until I agreed to carry her to the car. She wants to be held almost 100% of the time these days. It’s a relief in stores when she agrees to walk!
I didn’t get a picture of Sierra because she was in the furthest back seat but she said it was the best day of her life and she liked her new school even better than the last one! Yay.