Tuesday, January 18, 2011

School Days

Do you remember how we applied for Sylas to get into the Early Childhood program last fall? He didn't qualify. And we were not happy with the decision.

Sylas will be able to enter mainstream school next year (our county has 4k), but without doing any schooling at all this year, Ryan and I didn't think he'd be ready to maneuver school 5 days a week while using his walker.

So we tried again for the spring semester.

Different school, different teacher, different therapists. And he got in! He started two weeks ago. On Tuesday and Friday mornings I drop his cute little self off in a classroom of seven other boys. He loves it. Every day he comes home telling us about his friends and signing new songs. My sweet boy is growing up.

We've been dealing with some behavioral issues since he started. He's tired and has a hard time napping after coming home from school. One day last week he had such a bad tantrum that for the first time, he wasn't allowed to attend an activity that Ivy got to attend. It's tough. I find myself getting frustrated with him and then beating myself up because I know that this is a difficult adjustment.

Every day Sylas has been begging to ride the bus, so last week I signed him up. Today was to be his first day, but I couldn't do it.

I drove him.

So maybe the adjustment is tougher on me?


  1. It's so exciting for him. Looks like he's thriving, albeit mama is having some tough times. My little one has been in a new daycare for a couple weeks now, and I'm seeing some behavioral changes (nothing too serious) so maybe it's all just a part of growing up...for them and for us :)

  2. Aww, you're such a sweet mama. I would have hard time with the school bus.
    Well done Sylas!

  3. how wonderful and exciting!! he looks so big with his backpack! congrats :)

  4. I'm sorry it's so hard. Every Mom goes through it but, it's not the same. I love you and your ability to let him soar. Keeping listening to the Lord for right timing and for your heart to be ready in His time.

    As with any transition...this will pass. He will be stronger because of this. and so will you.

    You are a wonderful mom. Sylas and Ivy are blessed. Squeeze them tight (for me too!) and tell them how much you love them.

    Can't wait to hear more!

  5. Aw, Mama...I definitely think it's harder on us! My oldest will go to kindergarten in the fall, and I'm already getting weepy and losing sleep over that transition....completely irrational, no? :)

    I'm so happy that Sylas is able to attend school -- he is one amazing kiddo, and I stand in awe of our God every time I think of your sweet son.


  6. That's great Sylas got in! I know I've experienced the behavioural thing with my girls going to school and nursery. I think a big thing is that they see behaviour in other kids that they haven't delved into yet; they test their boundaries. Just go along with what your parents did with you guys-- I remember you telling me that they were big on consistency and follow-through. I think that's a big key:-). You're doing great! xoxo

  7. How exciting for Sylas! And, yes, nerve-wracking for moms. We want to find a 4K program for Sydney next year, and I am concerned about her ability to adjust since she has not been in any sort of childcare. I know in the long run it will be better for her, I think she will benefit from interaction with others her age and having to listen/obey to someone other than mommy. (I can just picture her being the one off trying to grab the playdoh and run while everyone else is in circle time or throwing her food on the floor when she is done instead of asking for help....oh boy.)
    You are awesome, Brianna. I know you can do it.

  8. Sweet Sylas is growing up... and the growing pains will frustrate you from time to time. It's ok. It's part of being a Great mom to a Great boy. Congrats... maybe next time you will post a pic of him on that bus

  9. Oh I understnd your angst. I didn't want to put my Matthew on the "bus" either but he absolutley loved it and it gave him a bit of independance and I also didn't have to worry about waking sleeping children up and warming a vehicle up in the winter. It will be hard the first time but it does get easier.

    Also transition temper tantrums are common so Sylas will probably phase out of them as he gets older and used to going to school. I also dealt with those too with Matthew. You are not being a bad mommy if you give a consequence for his behavior. What you can do is make up a chart or whitebord calender and put up the getting home from school routine and have Sylas go over it with you. That might help cut down on the tantrums. Best of luck to you guys.

  10. Mommies are entiled to a little separation anxiety. When my first kiddo started Kindergarten, he desperately wanted to ride the bus. I wasn't so keen on the idea. I finally got up the courage to let him ride and for the first week I followed the bus in my car! I felt a lot better that I was able to put him on the bus, take him off the bus and get him settled in class. Sylas is a gem! I can understand how you want to hold onto him! My oldest is now 15 and I have only 3 years left with him. I am already feelings the pains of missing him :(

  11. I don't blame you at all for not wanting to use the bus!! Sylas is only 3 1/2 years old! I would never have put either of my children on a bus alone at that age either, so if you don't feel comfortable doing it....DON'T. Both of my children(now 20 and 17) attended ECFE classes and two years of preschool before kindergarten. I think it really helped them and was a good social experience.

  12. Hi, your blog was next to mine this morning, so I thought I'd have a look. Sylas looks like a very happy little boy. It's great when your children are able to start school...and yes the tantrums will start, but then everything will fit into place...Unfortunately Mum's always have a hard time letting go...My daughter is at Uni in England..I miss her....She doesn't miss me...so I did my job right...hugs


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