The Count Down To School…

In little more than a month, Ava-Grace will be starting school and I couldn’t be more excited, anxious, apprehensive and happy for her. She has been going through a bit or a separation anxiety patch. Actually, a pretty bad patch. Dada is not allowed to be out of her sight… EVER. If she knows he’s around and she can’t see him, she goes CRAZY! When he leaves for work she screams and cries and sobs. He is, of course, her most favorite person in the entire world. She’s not at bad with me but does get a bit teary when I leave for work in the morning, I’ve found that saying goodbye casually, telling her I love her calmly and over fiercely and then turning around and walking out while she’s distracted by something seems to work the best and I manage to avoid having her screaming and clinging to my legs.

So I’m feeling anxious about her starting school as I wonder what impact it will have on her while she’s going through this separation anxiety phase. But on the other hand, I’m even more convinced that my intelligent, curious, sociable little girl is oh-so ready for it. My folks were here for the weekend and even my mother, who initially was horrified when I told her that Ava would be starting play school in a month, commented on how she seemed to get bored at home and that while she played sweetly and contentedly by herself, she agreed that Ava is 100% ready for play school.

Of course, I don’t do anything in half measures, so I’ve been shopping up a storm in preparation for her, getting all the goodies on the list that the school has instructed.

So far, she has the following:

The Hello Kitty back pack.

The Hello Kitty Lunch boxes.

The Hello Kitty Snack box.

All of these items I ordered online from Hello Kitty South Africa, the service from them was fantastic, they posted all the goodies to me and I received them within 5 days of placing my order. I did visit the HK store here in Jo’burg, but seriously, they wanted R500 a lunch box and R1500 for the same back pack and I just thought they were completley off their rockers.

I also got label starter pack for all Ava’s goodies, her bag, her lunch boxes, juice bottles, shoes, clothes, toys etc from It’s Mine… guess what theme I chose?

Hello Kitty Labels

Of course Ava-Grace could simply NOT have her clothes and other goodies marked with a marking pen, I had to be all OTT about it and now its come back to bite my ass, I’m going to have to find the time in the next month to iron all of the bladdy labels onto her clothes!

I still need to get her an “art” bag, for her items that she creates during class time and she also needs an art smock and an apron for bakers day, which is every Thursday. But we’re getting there. And I’m getting excited and apprehensive and anxious and everything in between.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned since become a mother it’s that our emotions are just never ever simple when it comes to our children!

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  • Reply Gwen

    Ooh, good luck. I also used those labels – I needed to hold the iron on them for a lot longer than the instructions said, otherwise the edges curled up in the wash. Make sure whoever does your laundry knows not to iron directly over the labels afterwards.

    I’ve watched some of the toddlers while dropping Lukas off (he still goes like a lamb, thankfully) and they scream heartrendingly while their parents are around to benefit and stop virtually immediately the parents leave, and run off and get on with something. Love the sound of all the art stuff and bakers day – sounds like it’s a really fun school.

    June 21, 2011 at 10:41 am
  • Reply hanneke001

    Hehehehehehe Hello Kitty fever ! U and Lisa Marie kill me heheheh !! Good luck with Ava-Grace’s play school, i am sure she will love it !!

    June 21, 2011 at 11:01 am
  • Reply tzipieastwest

    Waw, that is a big step and seeing that back-pack and all the big girl stuff, makes me feel soo proud of not-so-little-Ava !!
    Sounds like great activities, art and Ba.king !! Fun.

    June 21, 2011 at 11:18 am
  • Reply Katherine

    My Ava went today for the 1st time and when I phoned the teacher (at about 10.30am) all was fine. She does have Zoe with her and they were both beside themselves with excitement this morning. She’ll only start properly next term (2 mornings a week) but I thought we’d give it a go this morning. Jacqui (the teacher)did say that the first day is fine and then sometimes the next few days aren’t as good but Zoe was okay from day 1 so I’m hoping Ava will be the same. Oh and enjoy finding place for all the “masterpieces” that will come out of the art bag!!! Fortunately ours only come home at the end of the term and then we go through them together, picking her favourites and these I put into her scrapbook for that year.

    June 21, 2011 at 11:29 am
  • Reply C

    Very exciting! Hope it’s an easy transition for her!

    June 21, 2011 at 11:44 am
  • Reply Ginger

    I love all the HK stuff. I’m sure she is gonna LOVE play school.

    June 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply St. Elsewhere

    What beautiful stuff she has! I am aware of her HK love.

    I hope she will get over the separation anxiety and gel well with her new environment.

    June 21, 2011 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply charne

    No doubt she going to love play school

    The art and bake days make me think em would love it at avas school

    June 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Hanneke

    Looks great! A bit OTT as you said but enjoy it πŸ˜‰ as before long, Ava will chose her own things! My oldest when she started school (at 5) was allowed to chose her bag, lunch box etc and so she chose Thomas the tank engine. She was SOO proud of her new bag and lunchbox that it didn’t worry her one bit that all the other girls had pink bags! Priceless!

    June 22, 2011 at 3:31 am
  • Reply Kimmie

    Tis an exciting yet anxious time for you both. Love all the gorgeous things you have purchased for her.

    June 22, 2011 at 4:00 am
  • Reply Elna Taylor

    YOu are so right -am also thinking about putting my 2 year old with a childminder/nursery and I break out in cold sweats and anxiety when I just think about the ‘leaving’ her, the tears etc. In the end it will al work out……

    June 22, 2011 at 9:11 am
  • Reply To Love Bella

    I must admit, I am also quite excited about getting Isabella started in a playschool! She seems so curious of other smaller children (who she isn’t exposed to often enough) – and I really feel that she will just thrive at school! We already have her signed up for January of next year. At least I have all this time to prepare myself mentally and emotionally πŸ˜‰
    Oh and I loooove her school goodies!! I’ve already added ‘it’s mine’ to my favourties under my ‘baby’ folder!! πŸ™‚

    June 22, 2011 at 9:29 am
  • Reply Rene'

    Love the goodies !!!
    Ava is going to be fine you are the one that is going to worry all day if she is ok and she will be playing up a storm. She might cry a bit by day three mommy will be long forgotten by the time you walk out the gate and she will be loving the new friends, toys and fun activities. My worst is that I sometimes think Aimie likes her teachers more than me; got so excited when I dropped her off this morning stretched her arms out to her teacher as we walked in the door.

    June 22, 2011 at 9:43 am
  • Reply Hayley

    Okay…I am even excited now…those things are just too damn cute!!!!!!

    June 22, 2011 at 10:40 am
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