Tomorrow Liam will walk into his Montessori classroom, and a whole new era will begin! Liam's personality fits perfectly into this style of learning, so I know it will be something he loves (or perhaps grows to love). Pre-school is not overly important in my opinion. There is plenty of time for schooling, and he definitely doesn't need the socialization (we have plenty of that!). Instead I think Liam will love the challenge. He is so eager to learn! His classroom consists of 3-5 year olds, so at this young age he will have the opportunity to learn from older kids, and then eventually mentor a younger child in the years to come. I am seriously so excited for this new stage of life for him!
But let's be honest the emotions in me are running wild! And I'm nervous! It feels a bit like my first day too! Tomorrow will also be Conor & my first day as parents to a pre-schooler. We are entering a whole new world of PTA, school events, & new friends (hopefully)! It's another step in our lives as parents. By the time Finn goes to school, we will already have been doing this for years. We'll already be immersed in it. But for now, it's brand new to us all. Exciting. Terrifying. Unknown. But I simply cannot wait!
Even with all the excitement, I feel like I am mourning the gone days of Liam's babyhood. It's the end of our endless days together. For three years I have had him all to myself, every morning. Liam & I are quite attached and spend nearly each moment together. I have loved this special time of "just us." While I have exposed him to as much as I could in his 3 short years, there is so much opportunity waiting for him! I will miss him like crazy and am not quite sure what I will do for those morning hours two days a week. I'm looking forward to that one-on-one time with Finn, but it will still be an adjustment. Big changes are ahead, and (surprise!) I'm not fond of change.
It's hard to leave him in someone else's care. To not be able to help him or look out for him. But Liam is independent & determined. I hope he shines at school and shows his new friends & teacher the friendly & sweet boy that he is! I hope he is nice to others and makes their lives a bit brighter. From tomorrow and onward he has many years of school ahead. I hope he finds joy in it while gaining knowledge. I have always thought that Liam will do great things for this world, so I cannot wait to watch him grow & learn.
It's a big day. A big step.
I cannot wait to see what the future holds for my first little boy!