When Will the Bubble Burst?

So, yesterday my big kids headed back to school. And it could not have gone any better.

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I still can’t quite believe it. We worked hard to make it as smooth a transition as possible and prepared them for the first day as best we could but I was still expecting a struggle. An outburst. A problem of some kind.

Instead, my son woke me up at 6.15 am, already dressed, informing me that he was going to make his own breakfast so he could be ready for school. I believe the words “I’m excited to be going back” may have also passed his lips during the course of the morning.

He happily ticked off every item on his routine chart – he even brushed his teeth and applied his own sunscreen without complaint. If you knew Gilbert personally, you’d understand how big of a deal that was!

I thought I had been transported to The Twilight Zone and expected to wake up at any moment to the reality of previous back to school mornings. Believe me, they have never been this good. At times, they have been downright horrible.

Matilda did get a little upset as she was anxious about who her teacher was going to be and whether any of her friends would be in her class. It turned out she was also worried about having to stand up in the hall, in front of the school, to join her new class.

But a hug and a pep talk got her through it and she was more than happy to continue to tick off tasks from her routine chart as she got ready for the day.

While I was so very thankful for how well everything was going at home I did have a nagging feeling that things would go pear-shaped when we arrived at school. Surely the back-to-school gods could not be so kind to me…

But the gods were indeed being kind this year.

Matilda found one of her friends straight away and happily went off without a second glance. I discovered the identity of her new teacher and was able to have a quick chat with her about Matilda and her needs as well. Fingers crossed she will have a good year.

Gilbert was escorted to his new classroom to see his teacher and meet the class aide. This was the best thing that could have happened to him. His anxiety was soothed and he came out of the classroom actually willing to sit with his class for lines.

As lines consists of the entire school congregating under the loud COLA (covered outdoor learning area) this is an activity which has sent him into meltdowns in the past. So much so that he was exempted from having to line up last year due to sensory overload.

So you could not have found a prouder mother when I saw him sitting with his teacher in lines, putting up his hand to respond to questions and trying his best to sit still and remain quiet.

You also could not have found a prouder mother when I saw Matilda walk off confidently with her classmates, without any look of fear or anguish, unlike in previous years.

And I felt so proud I could burst when I picked them up in the afternoon to find they had both had a great first day back. Gilbert’s first words to me were “I didn’t swear all day Mum, aren’t you proud of me?” while Matilda excitedly told me which of her friends were in her new class.

The bubble will no doubt burst at some point, I am enough of a realist to know that. But I am so thankful for this one perfect day. I am grateful that my kids truly enjoyed their first day back. And I’m so proud of how far they have come and how much progress they have made.

It truly is a Thankful Thursday.

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Linking up for the first time with Leigh from Six by the Bay for Thankful Thursday.

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18 Responses

  1. Kate says:

    That is such fantastic news! Im glad they both had a great first day of school! I hope the bubble keeps on floating 🙂

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Kate. The bubble went down a little today (understandable and expected) but I’m hopeful things will remain positive for both of them as the year goes on.

  2. Oh Kirsty I’ve almost got a tear in my eye for you and the goosebumps after reading. I’m so very happy for you that it went to well. And even if things don’t continue this way then at least you know they can do it. Hugs – Emily
    Emily @ Have a laugh on me recently posted..First day of school was one small step, one giant leap for ‘childkind’ – Wordless Wednesday

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Emily. That’s exactly what I’m holding on to – that they can do it. They probably can’t do it everyday but it is heartening to know that it is possible!

  3. Janet says:

    Good news :-). Miss 16 also reported that she had a “good day” for her first day back, as a Year 12!
    Janet recently posted..Written Acts of Kindness Award: Kathie Thomas

  4. Leigh says:

    Those days when everything goes well are worth bottling arent they!! You obviously prepared them well! Good work mumma bear! Thanks for linking up today xxxxx
    Leigh recently posted..Thankful Thursday – Choices

    • Kirsty says:

      I wish I could bottle it up – I could do with a good swig of the perfect day to help me through the many not-so-perfect ones! So glad you have brought back Thankful Thursday Leigh, it was great to link up.

  5. Min says:

    Wonderful that Day 1 went so well. 🙂 Such a relief! Mine have all finished school now but I remember it all so well.
    Min recently posted..365 Grateful – Day 130

    • Kirsty says:

      I think all parents hold their breaths on the first day back and only let them out once the day is done. I’m still holding mine in a bit but even though today wasn’t quite as perfect it still went well…

  6. Oh you just have to be grateful for each good day don’t you? It helps you get through the rest! I hope the bubble doesn’t burst too quickly. You must have done a great job preparing them for it all to go so well this time 🙂
    Lara @ This Charming Mum recently posted..Summer Lovin’: Thankful Thursday

    • Kirsty says:

      The bubble deflated a little today but he still went off well and even survived his first music class this afternoon. Thank goodness it’s a short week so he’ll get to have a rest again soon!

  7. A beautiful post! What wonderful things to be thankful for 🙂 May the bubble stay unpopped!

  8. victoria says:

    everyday miracles!! Anyway, without the downs we wouldn’t truly appreciate the ups!

    • Kirsty says:

      So very true Victoria. I know I would not have the same appreciation for everything the kids do if we had not have struggled so hard to get here in the first place!

  9. Zita says:

    What a lovely post to read! As a teacher I can assure you we are just as nervous on the first day of school as well!!

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Zita. We ended up surviving the week but the following days were not quite as perfect as the first. I hope students and teachers alike are recharging their batteries this weekend all ready for the first full week of a very long year. Thanks so much for coming by and commenting, I really appreciate it!

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