Wednesday, January 2, 2013

1st day in school

Woke up extra early to get them to school. I needed to be in school by 7am.

Lil' one was exceptionally excited, she couldn't wait to see her friends (no mention about exchanging Moshi Monster cards - thank God!) She was such a cheerful girl, I'm so blessed!
I was happy for her. Having gone through one kid prior, this is easy peasy. The night before, I hugged her and telepathied to her my confidence in her.
Walked the girls to the school gate, the priceless photo must be taken. And so she gamely gave me a peace sign. This would be the first and probably last photo of my girl at her primary school gate. Hmm.... perhaps I should take the final one on the last day of school (Primary 6) for both girls.  
I then recalled 4 years ago, I took a photo of che-che too. Athena's 1st day at school, click here
Che-che walked to where her friends would usually gather and meet in the mornings. She had a lot to chat with them.
Whilst I brought the lil' one along with me. First gathered with some PVs and briefed on what we were suppose to do, Diana saw lil' one "Oh! She's P1 this year!" 
Lil' one has that alertness in her, eyes darting around. Pleased to say everything is very familiar to her. Brought her to the canteen. She was the first to be there. She sat down where a table was labelled with her class name and chased me away. But where was I suppose to go? It's too early for me too? Even the houseflies are not awake yet. 

Once in a while between my assistance, I pop by to see her. The canteen was then crowded with many anxious parents, she didn't understand why the big booha. Just sat down there smiling and hugging her orange bag which was next to her.

Her FT was there and I was really lucky to have a few pictures of them. Mrs F is really nice to the girls and I'm sure Aricia will enjoy her first year in school

Anxious parents.
Relax need to worry about your girls.  
And then the few hours flew by and the PVs were back in the school hall. Blur faces, anxious parents. Some parents were there to make sure that their kid knew how to get on the bus. I must praise the school on how they organise everything. It was a breeze. No crying girls, no girls lost. Ha! I can't imagine my girls taking school bus to and fro. I'd be worried sick if my girls get bullied in the bus. 
Aha! I spotted my girl. Mamarrazzi is so spot on! 

Waiting for che-che who would be dismissed at the usual time. We had our lunch in the canteen and she kept herself occupied reading a book.
Day 1 passed exceptionally well. I'm  so proud of my girl.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Getting ready

2013 came too soon. The day I've been waiting for is finally here.

This is the day my lil' one, the baby in the family, is marking a new chapter in her life. She's finally in Primary school. 宝贝上小一了!!

Since she is my second and last kid in school, I didn't have to deal with "what if she cries", "what if she's afraid". Nah! You know that second kid syndrome when you don't really bother as much as you would for the first kid? Moreover she knows the school better than her P1 peers. Hmm.... let's see - she knows where the canteen is; she knows where the ground floor toilets are (she always walk into the school and go pee-pee while waiting for che-che); she knows where the eco pond and aviary is - always running there. She knows the security guards; she knows some bus aunties. Nothing for me to worry except getting orientation right for some important places in school - she need not know where the Principal's office is though!

She's independent and I have no worries at all.

Days before, I made her practice putting on and taking off her uniform again. She seems alright with it except buttoning up her blouse neatly. She will need more practices for sure but I'm not going to spend my time making her practice again. I ironed that set of uniform and hang it up in the cupboard.

Yesterday, she took out her uniform from the wardrobe and hang her uniform outside all by herself and without me asking her to do so. She unzipped her schoolbag saying that she had to pack something else too for school. When prompted further what she needed to pack since I had already done so for her, her reply was "Moshi Monsters cards". Haha! She wanted to change her cards with her friends.

Since it's her FIRST day in a NEW SCHOOL, mamarazzi had to be there right? As what she said, "mummy you volunteer and help other mummies. Later I wait for you at the gate ok?" My heart cringed when she said that; then my mind went bonkers - "WHAT DID SHE MEAN BY THAT? SHE DON'T WANT MUMMY ANYMORE? SHE'S SHY TO BE SEEN WITH MUMMY?"

Anyway, here are the girls' bags. Orange coloured bag belongs to lil' one; Hello Kitty belongs to che-che.

Brand new shoes for the girls and un-stretched socks. All neatly placed and first school year - without any helper out too! Let's hope I survive without a helper.