Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mother's Day Out

This week, Oliver started school! Ok, it's not really school, but we're calling it school, because that's a lot easier than saying "Mother's Day Out" all the time. He even got a backpack:

He really was excited. He just didn't understand why I was taking his picture so he only half posed for me.

Look, it has my name on it!

No, the backpack doesn't hold pencils, notebooks, and a ruler. It's the toddler version, which holds diapers and a change of clothes. And if we ever get him out of diapers and into underwear again, it will hold 3 changes of clothes, for the inevitable accidents. He also got a matching lunch box, not pictured here because this week they only attended for 2 hours. Next week will be 3, and the week after will settle on 4 hours for the rest of the school year.

Here are more pictures, from our Orientation the week before, where we went for 1 hour, and I went with him. They increase the time slowly to help with separation anxiety. Of course, the week I was with him, he didn't seem to notice.

Look at all the toys I get to play with!

Singing a song with his two teachers.

Snack time!

So this is where he'll be for four hours, one morning a week. That's what the excitement's all about, but boy, are we excited. Oliver is excited to go play with all the toys. And mommy is excited to get 4 hours Oliver-free. Not that I don't love and adore my little man, and want to spend every waking minute with him. But they call it Mother's Day Out for a reason: mommy gets a break. It's designed for SAHMs (stay-at-home-moms), to give them some time off of their 24/7 job, as well as to give the kids some time to play with other kids. Yes, I wish it was for more than one day!

It is only for 2 year olds, and they told us that (despite what we call it), it is not school. It's not about the ABCs, but it is about socialization. He's learning to play well with others. So throughout the morning, he will play with toys, do craft projects, have story time, snack time, sing songs, play outside on the playground, and have lunch. They help with potty training, and teach them manners, sharing, taking turns, and things like that.

For pick-up time, they have a routine where the teachers bring the kids out in pairs, so they can hand them over to the parent, and tell them anything they need to know about their day. Oliver was in the first pair, and it was just about the cutest thing I've ever seen. Oh, how I wish I had my camera. He and another little boy march out with these big proud smiles on their faces, holding these big paintings in front of them. The whole room of waiting moms let out one big "Awwwwwww!" Oliver ran up to me and said "Use paintbrush!" and showed me his painting. Here he is putting it on the refrigerator to show Daddy when he got home. On the way to the car, he said, "Fun in school!"

Look how proud!

Look, this has my name on it too!

Overall, his first day was a big success. But there is one downside. On the day of the orientation, last week, one of the kids was very fussy. We figured it was separation anxiety. This week, his mom told one of the other moms (who told me), that when she got him home he had a 104 temperature, but she didn't realize it when they were there. Right. So he exposed us all (moms, kids, teachers). Have I mentioned that my pet peeve is moms who are selfish enough to knowingly bring sick kids to school/daycare/playgroup? Who knows if she knew or not. I would certainly know if Oliver had a fever. Anyway, the downside is that as I sit here and type this, Oliver is upstairs, coughing in his sleep. Yup. He hasn't been sick one day since we left daycare last year in Iowa, and one day in school, and now I'm pretty sure he's sick. I'm hoping that he's well enough to actually go to school next week. And music class. And My Gym. And mommy's gym. Because if he can't, it's going to be a long week without Mommy getting Out at all.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Photo Friday--Singing

As you may have noticed in the pool video, Oliver is very into singing right now. He sings a lot. Usually the ABCs or some variation on them, learned from his favorite youtube videos. But lately, he has been putting on very dramatic performances of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, as he did by the pool. One morning last weekend, we were waiting for Daddy and I was getting the camera ready for an outing. Oliver asked, as he often does, to see himself in the back of the camera. So I told him to sing and I'd take some pictures to show him. These are the result. The various expressions crack me up.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Swimming and Singing

As the end of Summer nears, we are getting every bit of swimming in while the weather is still nice. Plus, we have to use up all those swim diapers I got on sale, because we will not be using them next summer! I can only hope! On the recommendation of several friends, I found Oliver this Puddle Jumper swim vest. It is so much better than the other vest we had. It keeps him afloat without us having to hold on to him, which is great for Mr. Independent. Unfortunately, we only have a few weeks left to use it, and then the pool closes, but I think he'll still love it next year. I shot a video of him swimming last weekend, with bonus footage at the end of him singing his second favorite song, "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" (his favorite is the Alphabet song, of course). Enjoy! (If you're having problems seeing it here, you can also see it at

Friday, September 3, 2010

Photo Friday--Everyone all together now, "Awwwwwwww!"

You may remember Oliver's early love for his friend Annabelle from this video. Here are some more recent photos of them at the park. Their relationship has progressed to including kissing and hugging now, lots of it!

Gimme a kiss!

Awww, I sweet!

I feed you goldfish.

Another kiss.

Can I buy you a drink?