Until a couple weeks ago, Annabel was our BABY. She’s almost three and she’s not an infant, yes, but she’s our baby! Then we learned that the daycare we’d relied on for nearly seven years was closing. In two weeks. The obvious option was “find a new daycare,” but when we mentioned what was going on to the folks at our preschool (Eli’s school), they said, “Annabel can come here!” We told them that she’s in diapers, and they said, “No problem!” So we began a rushed week of potty training and crossed our fingers that sending a diaper-loving kid to preschool wouldn’t be a massive (and messy) disaster.
Here’s our littlest girl last Sunday afternoon, passed out in her sister’s sleeping bag, in the middle of the living room floor. (She’s not sleeping in a bedroom, in a bed, because she insisted she wasn’t tired.)
So how did the big switch go on Monday? Beautifully. Annabel was SO EXCITED to go to the big-kid school with Eli. Getting out the door in the morning was super easy, and we were lucky to get her to slow down for photos. She wanted to get to school! She loves her new Minnie Mouse lunch box, and she has her own pack-pack (backpack) too.
It’s purple. With sparkles.
Eli has been pretty excited this week as well. He’s relishing this opportunity to be THE OLDEST KID, to look out for someone smaller who really needs him. (He insisted on being photographed with Annabel. The day felt special to him too! Piper missed the photo op because she was already on the bus to school.) Feeling responsible for his little sister has made Eli the easiest boy to put to bed this week; he’s exhausted at the end of the day.
When we picked Annabel up from her first day, one of her teachers announced, “She had a great day. And no accidents!” She’s ready to be big.