Friday, September 5, 2014

A first.

Although he's growing and changing into a real little boy these days, it feels like it's been a long time since we've experienced a real first with Oliver. Being our firstborn, every milestone with him felt like such a huge achievement - first tooth, first words, first steps. It was all documented and proudly recorded in his baby book. Then a couple of years went by without anything huge happening - developing all the same, but no groundbreaking milestones.

Yesterday, we hit another first. First day of preschool. It crept up on me so quickly. We enrolled Oliver for 2 mornings a week in the 3 year old program at a small Christian school shortly after Austin was born. We've been talking to him about it a lot since and he was super excited. Still, I found myself full of nerves when we walked into his classroom, hand in hand, yesterday morning. He had his shy face on but it didn't take long before he started chatting to his teacher about Lego and then ran off happily to play. He didn't even blink an eyelid when I said goodbye.

Other than Sunday School & the childcare at my Thursday morning mothers group, Oliver has never been out of my care on a regular basis. It was a strange experience, dropping him off and leaving the premises. I found myself pointing out construction vehicles to him on the drive home, only to realise that it was just Austin back there who currently couldn't care less about such things. It felt odd, not having my big boy by my side. I'm sure I'll get used to it though, and the one on one time with Austin will be fun.

His first day of preschool was a success and he's already asked when he can go back. But the best part? Seeing these two reunited. Ollie's face lit up when he saw Austin and once we were home, he wanted a cuddle with his baby brother.

It's crazy to think that in less than 2 years, he'll be starting actual SCHOOL. They really don't stay babies for long!

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