So, it’s been a little while and this is largely due to Milo starting nursery. I totally wasn’t prepared for how difficult this would be. On his second settling in day at nursery I had to leave him for 45 mins. I thought he would be fine, surely very bored at home with mummy by now, exciting new toys and lots of friends to play with, but no. He cried, and cried. And so did I, down the phone to his dad as I walked to the library to sit in the romance section and write lists (I do this when I am stressed – I have books and books of them! If anyone wants a weird publishing opportunity for a book about lists… come to me first. I will not disappoint).
And that is how it’s pretty much continued. He is only there a couple of days a week so I can get some more, much needed work done, but wow – I really didn’t expect it to be so hard.
I’ve run out of ideas of how to help him. I’ve already made him a nursery book charting his day from packing his bag, to going in the buggy, to being there (lots of pics of the playroom and garden), and coming home again. He loves it, points out Beru his bear on every page like in a Where’s Wally book, but it doesn’t seem to be helping him to love nursery.
His Nanna and I made him a special bag with his name on (don’t look at the stitching – we were rushing with a little person at our ankles) to put all his nursery bits in and hang on his very own peg.
I’ve also sewn pieces of the bag material to the nursery days of the week on his velcro calendar so he knows which days he has to go on (probably too young to understand, but at least I felt like I was doing something!).
Anyone out there with good suggestions for books to share with a one and a half year old about going to nursery? He is loving time spent reading at the moment and so this would definitely help I think.
If you need any encouragement, this is what he looked like when he came home on Monday – puffy eyes, crying on and off, stuffing food down himself as he didn’t eat anything all day. Oh dear, it is quite honestly heart-breaking.