Where Did My Baby Go?
Little Man started nursery when he was 10 months old, he went into the baby room called Ducklings and had a grand old time. This baby room was great, it was like a home from home for Little Man. They stuck to my routine with feeding, changing and sleeping which was a great way of settling Little Man in and putting my mind at rest. When he was just over 18 months he moved to Squirrels which was a smaller room for toddlers where they start to learn about the nurseries daily routine. Little Man left Squirrels last week, ready to start Hedgehogs this week at 2 and a half. Are you keeping up with all the animal names?!
I am sad about this. Little Man did alot of his firsts as a toddler in Squirrels and as it was a smaller group has had lots of one and one attention to help with his speech and development. He learnt his colours, how to count to 5 and how to be a fully fledged toddler. The staff there went through the tantrums with me, giving me lots of reassurance that they see it all the time and it was completely normal. Little Man has also made friends in this group which has been lovely to watch. Hedgehogs is the first half of the pre-school section of nursery. I’m not really sure why this makes me feel so emotional but it does. Little Man is going to this room to get him ready for school and all of a sudden my Baby Little Man isn’t so much of a baby anymore. He walks, he talks and he is a clever little soul full of questions and full of love.
My 80 year old Grandmother told me the other day that when my Mum was Little Mans age she was still pushed round in a pram and that children grow up so quickly these days. A phrase we often hear but I think she is right, we really don’t have our babies for very long at all. On one hand I am so proud of my clever little boy who told me this morning to stop singing and eat my breakfast but then I am sad that my baby went away so quickly and he is already so independent when it comes to eating, playing and talking.
So the bag for Hedgehogs is packed, we don’t get to leave a big box of nappies at nursery anymore, we just pack a few in his bag because soon he will be potty trained they tell me. Eeek! He will have a new peg to hang his coat and he will spending his free play time with 3 & 4 year olds! I sort of have the same feelings I had when Little Man started nursery at the beginning. I know he will love it, he has had settling in periods in the new room but I feel a bit teary at the fact he is half way through nursery already. So many people tell you to cherish the time and the memories and us busy Mums nod and smile but it is so important. The last 2 and a half years have flown by already and my little baby is no longer a baby. I am so proud of my little man .