Today was Esther's first day at Gracefields Childcare. She was supposed to have started school at the beginning of July. However, she had a terribly high fever last week (the highest was 40.8 degrees C), and a bacterial infection that turned out to be mycoplasma! So, naturally, we kept her at home.
Today, Husband & I drove Esther and Benjamin to Gracefields, after dropping Dan off at his primary school. I think it helped that Benjamin was wearing a similar uniform to her, and I had been prepping her since May with questions like, "Do you want to go to school with Ben?" and "Will you cry when I send you to school?" She has always been answering confidently, "No (I won't cry)" and "Yes (I want to go to Gracefields.)" I think it also helped that we've been dropping her off at Children's Church creche programme every Sunday, so she is used to the idea of being left somewhere for a few hours, in the care of "strangers".
Anyway, things went very smoothly, with the teachers asking her, "Wow, how old are you?" "Three!" Esther replied. (She's not yet two, actually) And another teacher said, "She's quite independent!" "Yes!" I replied. "And quite strong-willed too!"
After a few minutes, Husband and I left--we had determined we'd do this ahead of time, since that's what we've done with all our kids, i.e., not hang around on the first day for too long. When we said our goodbyes, Esther gave us both big hugs, waved goodbye and went off to play.
when she came home 3 hours later, she was all smiles too.
*sigh*. I felt so happy (and relieved). But ok, this is just the first day! =) But praise God for a great Day 1!