Today was Vivi's first day of nursery school and she was so very prepared and psyched! For the past two weeks I've been sad about it in a kind of up and down way. I realized that my three year-old baby was going to be out of the house from 7:15 to 3:00 five days a week. It sounds like much too much... but she was so happy and normal and not stir crazy.
Sometimes it's hard to hit all of the right notes for all three of us when we are home or out together. I get burnt out and feel like I'm not doing enough to stimulate her. When it was just me and Vivi, she got so much dedicated play time and education time and patience. Aryeh got none of this. Just one day and I can already feel the difference for all of us. Sometimes I wouldn't go to the basement to do the laundry because that meant fighting everyone into their shoes, dragging everybody down, keeping them both out of trouble and out of the crazy stuff down there. But the perspective of doing it with one... It was so easy! It was so happy and fun, counting a stairs (today he started counting to five!), and looking around the spooky basement calmly, just me and Aryeh. It showed me doing things with both of them doesn't have to be stressful. Really, what's one more to the errand?
Vivi was so sweet in her owl "packpack" and braids. I felt so much more at peace today at home that I had in a long time. All I wanted to do was squeeze more information about Vivi's day out of her (she was more interested in eating and I don't blame her). After a couple of months of school, I wonder if I'll reassess how I feel about the length of the day, but she certainly seems happy.
And really, that happy face is all the matters.