11 September 2016

5 things I've learnt from the first week of school

I've learnt a lot from Ellie's first week at school, some of those things I really didn't expect so I and thought i'd share them with other parents with little ones starting school. You might be able to relate to some of these reasons or they might help prepare you for that first day at school if it's on the horizon.

1. It's emotional

There have been tears from me the night before school started, the morning school started and at the end of the week out of sheer relief I think. There have been squeals of sheer excitement from Ellie who until the end of the week skipped in quite merrily, on Friday there was reluctance and tears from her too. There have been tantrums and tears from Phoebe who misses her big sister and companion terribly. It's safe to say we have got through a large box of tissues.

Ellie first day of school
Ellie on her first day at school

2. It's exhausting 

I don't know if it's just the emotional side of things that has left us all completely exhausted this week or the change and the new routine; probably a combination of all 3.  Having to be somewhere 5 days a week and getting up and out the house for 8:40 with the 3 little ladies has been interesting to say the least, but we have managed it. Ellie is the most tired of all, too tired to talk when she gets home, all she has wanted to do is sit on the sofa and watch tv and they have all been in bed by 6:30. 

3. I know very little about what happens between 9am and 3:15pm 

I have tried several different ways of asking how Ellie's day was and what her favourite part was in an attempt to find out what she has done all day. So far she told me that she 'did a poo on the toilet and wiped my own bottom'... Good... And that 'someone had a nosebleed in the playground at break time but it was ok because the playground needed a wash anyway'... Ok... Great, anything else? 'No I can't remember...' Other than these very tiny nuggets of information I have no clue what she has been doing all day other than a few little bits and bobs that have come home in her book bag, including two pine cones. 

4. It's hungry work 

I learnt pretty quickly that I need to provide a snack as soon as Ellie gets in the door or things go downhill pretty quickly. Apples are devoured in minutes, bananas in seconds and I can't chop the grapes fast enough. She's having a good breakfast too and hot lunches and then often two plates of dinner. I had forgotten what hungry work school was.

5. It's going to take some getting used to 

I've realised having reflected over the weekend that this is a really big change for us all and its going to take some time to adapt. It's new for everyone, me included and as well as waving my baby off to school I'm trying to navigate (avoid) the oh so present playground politics; I'm really not one for cliques and it feels a little like i'm the one going to school. I also feel like Ellie's personal assistant... there are book bags and drinks bottles and PE kits to remember and library books bring back each Monday, reading records to sign and letters to read and dates for the diary.  Then there's the school uniform to wash and iron and school shoes to polish; I can only imagine what it will be like when all three are at school. On top of that there's the actual school hours that we are now confined to which has meant some reshuffling of some things for Phoebe and Lottie. Above all we are just getting used to being apart five days a week which is unusual for us. Very soon it will all become old hat and feel very normal i'm sure.

Bring on week two... We're ready for you... Well the school uniform is still in the washing machine but we're more mentally ready... I think! 

Me x


  1. Thank up for this, it's really useful to know these things. My little girl Summer is starting this Tuesday and I'm feeling really emotional all of a sudden- i was fine and now it's hit me! Thank you for writing this post, I'm going to remember these things and be prepared! I hope your little girl has a good second week and that you might find out a little more about her days!

    1. Hi Tanya, thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. I hope Summer has a great first week, its a big milestone for them and us as mothers, i found the anticipation of it far more daunting than the actual thing if that makes sense, its just new and unknown and takes time to find our feet. Good luck! x

  2. Ah number three is hard to accept isn't it? When you are with them and know what their day entails it's hard to go from that to knowing nothing. My little one starts next year and I won't lie, I am dreading it! I hope week 2 went as well as week 1! #sharingthebloglove

  3. I hope week 2 is going smoothly so far! I think it's such a long and intense day for such little children, I can understand why they all seem to come home and head straight to bed! I was always the same when starting a new job, but it must be like that but times 10 as it's a totally new and overwhelming experience. The nosebleed story made me laugh though - glad the playground got a clean! And I always felt that those 'ways to get your child to talk to you about their school day' questions were too good to be true! Thanks so much for joining us again at #SharingtheBlogLove

  4. Natalie@memeandharri
    Oh lovely I wrote a similar post at the end of July about what I had learned in the first the year of school. Honestly you have no idea do you. It is exhausting for us Mums never mind the kids - reception was a tough year for us and took quite some time for us to settle in (seriously talking about 6 months!)#sharethebloglove

  5. I love this post! Alice started school too and we are struggling to get into the new routine. She is really tired too and VERY hungry. And don't get me started on the playground politics, sometimes I feel like its me that has started school. Lets just say Alice is doing better at making friends than I am. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove x

  6. Ahh I love this! I just wrote one like it this evening, I don't remember it being like this at all with my eldest!! Eva is absolutely exhausted, my heart is breaking for her as she just wants to have a day at home and snuggle up with me and be small again. I don't have the heart to tell her that this is it...for the next fourteen years!!!! #sharingthebloglove

  7. This is great! Thankfully I don't have to worry about this for quite a while as I plan on homeschooling :) #sharingthebloglove

  8. It's lovely reading everyone's school starting posts this year, after that was us last year. Last year N used to tell me everything (but only before bedtime after I'd told him about what I did at work), but this year he's not remembering as much. Very annoying.

    If you write other school themed posts, do come and link up to my #schooldays linky. It goes live every Sunday on Bubbablue and me

  9. I enjoyed reading this. Funny how you can't cut the fruit fast enough! Poor little poppet, must be tiring going to school all those hours! #SharingtheBlogLove


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