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[THE ORDINARY MOMENTS 15} #17 LETTING GO


I never thought it would be happening so soon but the time has come and Amelia has started nursery! It's so bittersweet, it makes me sad to know that she is growing up and no longer so little but it also gives me great pleasure in knowing that she is benefiting from it by making friends and learning more. Amelia recently turned three and is no longer a toddler, she is a little girl and has a mind of her own, she can feed herself, dress herself and is more than capable of going to the bathroom on her own. She is independent and likes doing things herself so is more than ready to start nursery. 

The nursery we enrolled her in is attached to the school that she will be going to in September which we just found out she has been accepted for. The nursery class takes children from 2 and a half so realistically she could have started before Christmas however it hadn't crossed my mind to put her in a nursery before she started properly in September until a couple of months ago when the Health Visitor suggested it. Plus I thought it would do her some good getting used to going to nursery before September and used to playing with other children. She only goes two days a week as we have to pay for her to go but I really do she think will benefit from it. She started last week and already loves it!

I was so nervous before hand, and needn't have been as she settled in really well and I didn't need to stay with her on the first day. I was fully expecting her to start crying and grabbing onto me but she gave me a cuddle, said goodbye to Harry and off she went to play with the other children. When I went to collect her, it was the best feeling in the world to see her stood behind the glass doors jumping up and down shouting "mummy, mummy" which a huge smile on her face. I knew then that I had done the right decision and I felt so happy that she enjoyed her first day. She told me all about her afternoon there and that she made friends and what they all did. She went back again the next day and enjoyed it just the same. She keeps asking to go to "school" and every time we drive the same route she gets happy and thinks she's going to school. The nursery session is only for two hours but I think that's enough to get her started. In September I believe they go for three hours at a time and then the following year once she'd turned 4 they go all day then. 

I still don't think I could have put her in a private nursery sooner though, maybe because I've always been over protective and she's always been very clingy but I've learnt now that I needed to let go and let her grow up. When the time comes, if I need to put Harrison in a nursery when he's still a baby or toddler I won't be as nervous about it and most definitely would as I know he will be well looked after.


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11 comments

  1. She will love it! Both my two love going to nursery. It's really funny when they start doing/saying things that you haven't taught them and then you realise they've learnt it from nursery. My little boy Harry always clears his plate away after dinner and takes it out to the kitchen. We didn't teach him that! :) x

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  2. I felt this way with my girls. Yves asked to go to nursery when she was just three. started one morning a week, and in January 2014 started 15 hours. she loved it, there is a little element of me wanting to cuddle her up and not let her go, but I think in time, not being given the freedom to explore and build her own adventures, it would backfire. I think its a good thing when they show willing to try new things alone, it shows you just how much they evolve in their own time and in their own little way too :) x

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  3. Elliw is going to school part-time in September, it scares me knowing she will be going to school in uniform in September! Elliw has been going to playschool 5 days a week, only because we get it free now due to her age and the term. Amelia should get it free after May holidays I think ?

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  4. Such a sweet post :) she sounds like she absolutely loves it at nursery! xx

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  5. Aww such a sweet post. It's hard when they start nursery or school but to see them enjoying their time with people their age and making new friends is really amazing.

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  6. Oh that's wonderful that she's settled in so beautifully - it's always one of those heart in mouth moments when you drop them off for the first time but when they come bursting out the door full of beans (or in my case get very upset about the suggestion that we might want to go home) you know you've made the right decision and it's a huge relief!

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  7. We didn't put LP in a nursery or anything until she started preschool last september, a few days after her 3rd Birthday. It's amazing how quickly they adapt, settle in and make friends x

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  8. I think it it sometimes harder for the parents than children. I am so happy she is settling well. They are just growing up to fast.

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  9. I agree that it can be harder for parents than the children sometimes.I have four and my eldest went to full time nursery from 5.5 months as I had to go back to work.I have lived with awful guilt about that every since but she is the most incredible, independent, loving and confident little girl now. My second eldest went at 8 months and he has always been more clingy, my third started at 9 months but he only does a day a week and my 7 months old does not go get and I don't think he will before he is at least 1. He comes everywhere with me in the baby carrier. I was worried that would make him clingy but he is happy to go to anyone at all. :) #OrdinaryMoments

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  10. Where mine went it was called pre-school. The term after their 3rd bday you get 15 hours free, which with 3 hour sessions meant mine went 5afternoons then switched to mornings before starting proper school! It is bitter sweet watching them grow but you have so much to look forward to...Mother's Day cards and presents made (in secret lol if she can keep quiet!) Easter cards and gifts first nativity plays and Christmas carols. Your camera will get even more of a work out! And all the birthday party invites she'll get from her new friends and new play dates. It's a whole new world I'm sure she'l love plus you get one on one time with Harrison whilst she's there or if he's napping you get 'me' time yay!!!

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