We continued our morning routine of Ellie crawling into bed with me so I can snuggle with her for 10 or so minutes before we get up. She really wanted to snuggle for much longer, but I explained that we were short on time. I brushed her hair and helped her get dressed. She was pretty clingy this morning and did a lot of crying. She didn’t want to leave me. She knows that this morning routine means I will eventually leave her at school. Once there (and once I’m gone), she’s totally happy. But she still doesn’t like the idea of me leaving.
Ryan packed her lunch (sandwich, yogurt, watermelon and grapes) and water bottle and we went on our way to school. Ellie wanted her morning photo by the sign and then we walked to the back of the school to take off her outside shoes. Once inside, we put away her lunchbox and water bottle. The director tried to help with this, but Ellie was adamant about doing it herself. We chatted with the director and her husband about the website and the photos I took for them. They seemed very pleased. They have a few other photos that they want on the website that I didn’t take, so I’m going to edit those photos for them. This way, the photos all look consistent. It was time for us to go, but Ellie wasn’t having that. She held onto me and cried again. I gave her all the hugs and kisses…but then it was time to leave. She cried and cried, but she was fine once we left.
Traffic wasn’t nearly as bad today, so we got home in record time. It was 8:30, so straight to work for me. And Ryan had to pack the van for Dragon*Con.
On the way to pick up Ellie, we chatted about the upcoming road trip to Atlanta. Ellie is such a good sport. She’s been taking road trips since she was 4 or so months old. We’re so lucky to have a kid who is adaptable and pleasant when traveling (and when not traveling, lol). When we arrived at her school, Ellie was sitting on her nap mat and trying to sing another student to sleep. She doesn’t take naps, so I guess she was trying to help everyone else nap. I heard my name, “Mama? Mommy? MAMA!!!” She occasionally calls me Mommy now because that’s what the director calls mothers.
During school, Ellie worked on her letters. They worked on writing letters and picking out pictures of things that start with that letter. Her teacher said she’s doing a great job and that she has an amazing attention span for her age. They also rolled a 3 sided die and would pick out the corresponding quantity of strawberries for the number they rolled. Ellie also got to do some connecting of dots. She ended up drawing a vase.
We left school and she put her shoes back on. She wanted to shovel rocks for what seemed like a lifetime, but we eventually re-directed all that energy and got her to leave the backyard of her school. She wanted to take her end of school day photo by her favorite section of rocks. And then another photo by the sign. She looks so adorable in the below picture…but she also looks like she’s about the throw a rock at me. I was prepared for anything. :D
All in all, Ellie had a great day. She was excited to go home, though. And she was very upset when she thought we left her Batman flip flops or Spider-Man lunchbox. Seriously, kid. It’s like you don’t know us at all! :P