Waking up & getting ready on Day #2 was completely different -- like 180 degrees different! Luke got up. He fully ate breakfast (as opposed to only 4 bites the day before). We told him he'd be riding the bus. He willingly did so, and he said he absolutely knew where to go when he got off the bus at school (and we gave him strict instructions about asking an adult if he couldn't figure it out).
I had previously made plans with a friend on the 2nd day of school. I did this for several reasons, one of those reasons being that I would not be tempted to follow the bus to school.
SO, we made a family trip on the 2nd day to the bus stop. Marc, on a regular basis, will be the one to take Luke to the bus stop. With Marc walking to the bus with him, Luke climbed on & waved "Good-Bye"!
Since that day, he's been doing just fine!
Kate has adjusted well to her brother being gone in the mornings. She does periodically ask about him, and she is excited when it's time to go & get him.
One evening, however, Luke was in the bathroom (with the door closed) taking a shower! Kate simply sat outside the bathroom door & waited! It seriously was a bittersweet moment to watch!
It's been HOT (hotter than it really has been all summer) for the first two weeks of school. Fortunately, the sprinkler park is still open. SO, we have taken advantage!
Kate is not nearly as an "independent player" as Luke was/is. So, when Luke's at school, she requires a little bit more entertainment from me. Fortunately, she likes to follow me around the house & "help".
If you can't tell in this next pic, she has on her little apron that my mom made her. Apparently it's easier to help in the kitchen with one's "Nigh Nigh" (her favorite blanket) and one's fingers in her mouth.
But today, I actually found her stacking blocks on her own!
Kate is constantly busy. So, when we're at the bus stop to pick up Luke after school, Kate *must* get out of the car. She runs around. I closely watch her. It's simply the life of a two year-old and the mother of a toddler -- Ha!
Today, while I was standing there watching her run around, I was standing up against a "pillar" with one foot on the "pillar". Kate attempted to imitate -- you know, with the balancing skills of a 2 year-old :)
(In her right hand -- and then left hand -- is something she brought from home).
Some of you have kindly asked how I'm doing with Luke now being gone each morning.
Honestly, I'm doing ok. Yes, I miss him, and each day, I'm truly excited to go & pick him up at the bus stop & hug him & hear about his morning at school.
BUT, I would say I'm not missing him as much as I *thought* I would. I am thankful, however, that he'll only be going to kindergarten 1/2 days all year. I fully realize that 1/2 vs full day kindergarten is up for debate and is somewhat controversial, but you'll have a hard time convincing me that all day is the answer. So, please don't even try :)
When Luke was nervous the first day, I didn't cry (I shed a few tears on the days leading up to the first day). Instead, I walked out of his school after dropping him off, also very nervous -- nervous for him!
Now that he's not nervous anymore & is excited to go, I'm not nervous. I'm simply grateful we're off to a good start to his school career! Luke is VERY motivated to learn to read so he can read to his sister! I'll take it!