Today is the first day that you start daycare… you’re a big boy now and will have so much fun.
Today you will make new friends with all the other 2 year olds in your classroom and come to love your teachers.
Today you will sit at the table like a big boy and eat lunch with all of your new friends and teachers.
Today I will worry that you will be scared and unsure of your new surroundings even though we’ve visited the classroom a couple of times.
Today I will worry that you’ll cry when daddy leaves and you’ll be all alone with new people.
Today I will also worry that I am failing you because I am not home with you like I was with your sisters.
Today a new page in our lives begins.
I know that this is the right thing to do for you and that you are going to learn and grow so much from being in a structured daycare and that you will enjoy it in time.
I’ve seen the things that the other children can say and do and was surprised. I couldn’t believe that they could recognize the names of their friends on flash cards…. I couldn’t believe that some of your new friends could talk in complete sentences that I could fully understand. I know that you will be sitting in that circle with them and doing the exact same things as them in no time.
Pretty soon you’ll be rattling things off in complete sentences and telling us about your day and how much fun you had.
This first day is going to drag for me as I watch the clock tick… waiting for that magical hour when I can leave work and finally come and get you and gathe you in my arms. All day I will wonder if you’re okay but I won’t visit yet because you need to get adjusted, but I will call to check on you. I need to for my own sake really… I need to know that you’re alright and now having a meltdown.
As the days turn into weeks I know that things will get easier for the both of us. All you need to remember is that we love you so much and that you will learn a lot and have fun.