I was a little concerned about how she would do socially. Most of her good friends are in a different classroom but it sounds like they get to meet up on the playground at recess. So far she seems to like it.
We also were worried because on the afternoon of "meet the teacher" we found out there were 27 kids in her classroom. 27. It sounds like at least one or two kids didn't show, but it's still A LOT of kids.
The good news: She loves eating lunch at school - and loves that I pack her a peppermint patty and a note written on her napkin every day. (After the first day she told me, "I liked my note. Can you do that everyday?" Sure thing, kiddo.) She's very excited for Teddy Bear day and her Peace assembly where her class will sing a special song.
While she is certainly growing up, she still lets me hold her hand when I walk her up to the building. It would be faster to get in the drop-off lane and have her jump out of the car but I love that she still wants to hold my hand (and I will hurt anyone who tells her it's not cool.)
Maddie still struggles with drop-off and usually cries when I leave despite every pep talk I give her. But today she pouted a little, asked for her blanket and went to have a muffin with her new classmates. I'm planning to show up at snack time every morning because that could grease the wheels to a smoother drop-off. That kid loves her some snacks.
I often have to remind myself that Maddie is only 3. Luke and I joke that she spent her first year of life quietly scoping us all out, figuring out our weaknesses and then has been trying to take us down ever since then. She seems much older than a kid starting pre-K
For a comparison, let's take a look at my nuggets on their first days of preschool. Emery on the left, looking wee (with her sister photobombing her.) And Maddie on the right, looking impossibly tall and grown.
The days that Maddie asks the same question a frillion times or when Emery whines about not getting her way seem so long and it feels like it will always be that way. But then I look at these pictures and realize they will be grown before I know it. Sure it is cliche but damn is it true.