It has been a pretty tumultuous time for Little A. Besides the arrival of his brother Louis, grandparents have been in and out, Mum can’t lift or carry him, and ten days ago, Alec started nursery school.
He has had a pretty good start but it is definitely an adjustment. And for us as parents, it also feels like a whole new phase of our lives. Parent-teacher meetings etc really make you feel like a grown-up!
We are lucky in Sweden that Alec going to nursery school doesn’t mean I have to start packing snacks and lunches etc. They have fabulous hot cooked meals (with really great vegetarian options for Little A) and snacks. We don’t even have to send along diapers. But we did have to do a little prep…
First of all, we had to label all of Alec’s clothes. I blanked out and forgot that my friend Emma had recommended these great labels when she shared her favourite things, so I just bought a fabric marker from Polarn O. Pyret and went at it.
We also had to leave some things for nap time – a teddy bear (Alec doesn’t use a specific lovey, he is happy with several of his stuffed animals, so we sent along this striped Jelly Cat bear), a pacifier, a pillow and pillow case. The nursery school has blankets and mattresses that the children use. I just sent along a regular white pillow case, but I think I am going to sew a couple of more unique pillow cases for Alec to bring to nursery school so they are easier to recognize.
We also had to leave some emergency clothes changes in case of spills or other accidents. I put two little outfits into a big freezer bag and labeled it “Extra Clothes for Alec”. We also bought an extra pair of Alec’s favourite rain pants from Polarn O. Pyret (I wrote about them here) to leave at nursery school so we don’t have to worry about forgetting them over the weekend. I might get him another pair of rain boots as well.
Besides extra clothes etc, we also prepped a little guide to Alec’s baby signs. His teachers were super interested in baby signing and immediately asked us to teach them some basic signs. In the end I just prepped a guide to some of the signs that Alec frequently uses himself. I added pictures demonstrating how the sign is done, and also explained any variations that Alec has developed on his own. This should help the staff to understand what Alec is trying to say since he still uses a lot of signs. (More about how we baby sign in an upcoming post!)
And lastly, I made a sign to help me document his first day of nursery school in photos. I plan to do the same for each school year as long as he will let me.