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First Day of Pre-K

2014 August 22
by Becky


It was a big day here on Wednesday, I’m sure you’ve had something similar going on at your house. Excitement about school!!!!

This year we decided to join a new school, one close to us in the city is a full elementary school, PreK-5, but is still small enough to be a tight community of parents and kids. Ethan spent the summer going to camp with some of  his classmates and after an orientation and back to school BBQ last week, we were all super jazzed about Ethan’s first day of Pre-K.

He was ready to leave the house by 7am and it was all I could do to snap a few pictures—I’m shocked a single one is in focus with how wiggly and giddy he was.




This milestone made me reflect on how I’m shocked, each and every day, by what 3.5 year olds can accomplish all on their own. Ethan gets completely dressed—including socks!!!—on his own and even does a pretty good job picking out his outfits (I help, sometimes he comes out in sweatpants and long sleeves, even in 98 degrees).

He buckles the car seat himself (I’ve seen adults have trouble with that 5-point harness!), washes himself, is getting the hang of brushing his own teeth, gets his own water from the fridge, and is completely potty trained.

I’m constantly saying, “You don’t need me anymore!!” and his responses are usually something like, “But Mom, you have to put on your OWN seatbelt!” or “You need to wash your OWN hair!” like he suddenly realized I may not be paying all that much attention to myself when he’s constantly in need of something.

There’s of course stuff we don’t love about 3.5, like the talking back, the incredibly valid arguments he’s constantly giving us, and we don’t always love so much is the silliness…lots of stuck out tongues and poo poo talk and high-pitched squeaks.


But luckily the good far outweighs the bad.

When I dropped him off at school, his teacher, who was also his summer camp teacher, said “Hey Ethan!” but he was so excited/elated/overwhelmed/happy to check out his classroom that he didn’t even hear her. It wasn’t until about five minutes later that he looked up and said, “Oh, hey Amy!”

He barely gave me a “Bye” as I finally left the room…he’s been to preschool before, so why is the first day still so emotional??! I joined the rest of the parents, stalling, shuffling, and absent-mindedly chatting as we reluctantly left our kids for the day. ALL day.

I can’t believe it.

In two years he went from two hours to all day school. Feels like just yesterday we were walking to his first day of “Parents Day Out” in Old Town.


As much as I miss him during the day, I’m pretty exhausted lately (and it’s a million degrees outside this week) so a break is appreciated. Course I spend the whole time he’s gone working on freelance projects, finishing the nursery, running errands, going to doctor appointments, and a hundred other things that are easier to do on my own.

And he probably appreciates the break from me too. He LOVES his school buddies so much and puts his social butterfly skills to good use all day in the classroom.

I think the biggest developments at this age have been with his conversation and reasoning skills…he is totally hilarious. We laugh so hard, every day, at what he comes up with. At pick up, they were finishing “Circle Time” as the parents were let in the room. He ran up to me and with hardly a hello announced, “Ok, So, Mom, I was just a little nervous today and, well, I didn’t really nap, I was too nervous. But we can STILL go get ice cream at the special new place, ok? Ok Mom? It’s ok. We can still do that.” I was laughing so hard at his expressive gestures and inflections…like he’d be planning out this speech ever since that non-existent nap.


The compromise was nap, then ice cream for a first day of school treat. But I of course caved instantly—who wouldn’t?—and we headed to our new neighborhood frozen treat hot spot, Ices Plain & Fancy.

This place is quite the rage.

I’d heard about the goings-on here, but one can’t really appreciate the awesomeness without coming face-to-face with some of Ice’s incredible offerings. The MAKE your ice cream…right in front of you.



Ethan and his buddy Charlie were glued to the window, watching the process that includes pouring a base into a mixer along with some liquid nitrogen. A blow torch is used around the bottom of the mixer bowl to keep things from sticking too much.

The kids were totally into it. And for good reason.

Ethan’s “Berries & Cream” came with fresh whipped cream and frozen berries.


The taste? Smooth but with a frosty kick, not too sweet but bursting with berry flavors. Delicious.

We probably should have just shared that ginormous “regular” size cup (hoping they come out with a kid’s size soon!) but my friend Ashley encouraged me to try the Sump Coffee infused soft serve complete with freeze-dried grounds and really, how could I say no?

They had me at Sump Coffee.


I’m happy to announce we had no problems finishing our treats.

It was a perfect end to what is surely to be an incredible school year! Now if we can just get the napping-at-school thing figured out…

Hope your kiddos are pumped to be back in the classroom! Loving all the Instagram and FB pics of first days. 

10 Responses
  1. August 22, 2014

    Ella’s been to Ices, but the rest of haven’t tried it yet. Maybe tonight!

    F is wiped out these days. She’s used to a full afternoon nap, and they just have a rest and read short period in the afternoon. It’s made bedtime pretty easy though! No extra calls for water and bogus trips to the potty. :)
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    • Becky permalink*
      August 22, 2014

      I hear that! Ethan’s asleep when his head hits the pillow. Awesome.

  2. Linda Johnson permalink
    August 22, 2014

    I cannot believe how much Ethan has grown. He is just adorable on his first day of Pre-K. I miss him and his wonderful personality. How nice that you have the day for yourself before peanut # two comes along. It will be here before you know it.

  3. August 23, 2014

    He’s such a happy boy. Can’t believe all the facial expressions and silliness!!!! We’ll be there soon. Let’s get some of that ice cream!!!!

  4. Barbara permalink
    August 24, 2014

    Kristin taught me the best trick for surviving potty talk:
    Only allow it in the bathroom. At any time, no matter what they were doing in there, they could use as much potty talk as they could muster. It was quite hysterical and made that stage very tolerable. As Griff gets older, there are not quite as many bathtimes filled with poop talk, and we now have grounds for when it is appropriate to use gross words.

    Glad to see he is happy with school. I know you will also discover a community of amazing people.

    • Becky permalink*
      August 24, 2014

      Awesome! I’ll run this by Ethan next time everything becomes “Poopy ________.”

    • August 25, 2014

      This completely makes me crack up – how could I have forgotten the “poop cursing” stage. I swear, it was like sailors in there. Like all the bottled up words just flew out. F would let them flow, and it worked.

      Hilarious. And much better than the dinner table.
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      • Becky permalink*
        August 26, 2014

        I’ve already begun the implementation of the “only in the bathroom” rule. Seems to be helping!

  5. August 25, 2014

    School is a wonderful place but also a place where they pick up some more of those ideas that drive parents nuts. Amazing how fast Ethan is growing up and how much fun he is. Can’t wait to see him.

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