Last week was the first day of Junior Kindergarten for my first-born son, Jax. We have been fortunate to have had a plenty of bonding time over the past 4 ½ years, starting with maternity leave and then staying at home after giving birth to Hudson.
I immediately went back to work after year one with Jax which seemed like the natural thing to do at the time. Of course I missed him and I remember racing home from work each day because I couldn’t wait to get him from daycare.
Jax is my little social butterfly and he flourished in daycare. I think it also helped that I started taking him to the local Movati fitness facility with me 6 months postpartum and he would be in daycare while I was trying to lose baby weight (and keep my sanity). It was a win for us both!
The ladies at The Children’s Place Daycare where he went for a year loved him, and I loved hearing all the stories he would tell me at the end of each day. We only had to put him in 4 days which was nice because of the shifts my husband and I worked.
I got pregnant quickly with Hudson, so Jax was only in daycare for about a year. I decided to put him in a couple days a week at first while I recovered from my c-section to make life a little easier after my husband had to go back to work. That was short lived as I wanted him around and missed him on those days. I was fortunate to have this time with him instead of being at work and I wanted to hold onto every minute. It’s funny how so many people asked me if I was putting Jax in full time daycare when Hudson was born. Personal choice but in my head I’m thinking why on earth would I do that when I’m at home, and looking back now, I’m so happy about that decision.
Mostly because I can’t believe my big boy went to school last week!
Now that time is gone and I’ll always have those memories, and all that quality time we spent together every day over the years. Was it easy? Hell no! I recall going back to my sales job and thinking this is a walk in the park compared to days at home. Being a stay-at-home mom isn’t easy but it’s sure as hell rewarding and I’m feeling so lucky that I can do this.
I was mostly excited leading up to the first day of school because I was excited for Jax. A brand new adventure and he’s such a smart little dude I couldn’t wait for an opportunity to get his wheels turning even more. When we are out at parks and play places he always makes fast friends with all the kids. He’s just like his mom though, super outgoing with those he knows and trusts (family and friends) but quiet as a church mouse with new people and surroundings.
Prepping for back to school was fun and Jax enjoyed shopping for all his new things! We picked up indoor shoes from Kiddie Kobbler in Stittsville, and found his cool Marvel outdoor ones at Walmart. He insisted on a Batman backpack which I found online from The Children’s Place and then based on a friend’s recommendation I purchased the Go Green Lunch Box with the Racing Car carrying case (as per his request).
Finally, his super cool puff jacket in his favourite colour blue that we ordered online from The North Face. We love these thin puff jackets as they can transition into winter nicely, they are “car seat safe”, and they transition well into spring.
His first day of school went so well and the whole family went to send him off for the big day. I was so excited to pick him up to hear about day one, but all he had to offer me was information about playing with play doh! I must say the silence when I came home with Hudson was deafening and things didn’t feel the same. That will take some getting used to for sure, and makes me a bit sad but I do get some nice one-on-one time with Hudson.
After day one, day two and three were challenging for us all. Jax didn’t want to go back. I think he thought school was a one day thing! There were lots of tears on both of our parts but we got through it and I was happy to hear that the tears subsided shortly after drop off. We are actually keeping him home one day a week on his dad’s day off, so he only has to do a 4 day week. As a family we are all happy about that decision. It’s not like we will be able to do that when he is in Grade 1 so we’re taking advantage of the time now while we can!
Hopefully with each day the tears lessen – I know he will love it in no time! In fact, I think he already does but it’s just the initial separation. I’ll check back and let you know in a couple months.
How did everyone else’s back to school adventures go? I would love to hear from everyone who started Junior Kindergarten! Until next time!