Many mummas tonight are about to go to bed and send their first born off to school for the first time tomorrow. I know there are different back to schools days this week and the next, but wanted to get in and send out cyber hugs to you all before you begin this crazy busy, exciting and a little emotional journey.
Want to know why you are crying and feel sick to your stomach? Because you just had this child didn't you? Wasn't it just yesterday you screamed that you hated your husband for getting you pregnant while pushing out your bundle of baby? They only just started walking and learning to talk right? Well time flies when you are a mum.
The emotions you go through when sending off your child to school are similar to getting your period... Now hear me out, you will agree!
You firstly go into 'seriously child you are ticking me off, let school hurry up and come already'. This is the angry, annoyed, everything and everyone you want to stab with a fork stage. This moment has been a whole year of preparation in the making, your child is overly ready to go because they are constantly doing your head in at home. Sounds like the week before your period when you dare anyone to cross you and at the time everything is a bloody big deal HUSBAND! But then, later you kind of look back and you aren't really sure what you were so mad about? Well after a week of school that feeling goes because then you go into this stage... My baby is all grown up WAAAAAAAHHHH!
You know the day before or during your period when you cry over baby adverts or the prelude to Home and Away (come on, that bus crash has us worried whether you watch it or not) or you begin to sob uncontrollably? This may happen to you depending how together you have got yourself. I actually didn't cry until the week after. I'm weird like that! I'm not good with change and it took the emotional side of my brain a long 8 days before it all sunk in. Wow Kell you are handling this really well. Brag away there were no tears for you. You're a strong mum, you aren't a wreck like all the other mums walking out the school right now... wait, no, you decide to break down a week later with everyone actually wondering what an earth is wrong with that lady, surely we are passed that stage now. Yeah real tough! My advice. Don't hang around school with your nose up to the window. The teachers will dislike you all year for that. When the time comes to help in the classroom, put your hand up then. Go shopping or to the gym or movie and then hang with a friend until pick up time. Keep yourself busy. Getting to school an hour early won't score you any brownie points either! Just speaking from experience ;) As much as you are dying to go ask the teacher a bunch of questions, save it for information night and quickly give a thumbs up or ask if they were OK. Remember there are 20+ of you and one teacher who would like to get home before midnight.
Finally the period pain. Knots and twisting stomach similar to cramps. Well chill out, you can be nervous but just remember you aren't going to school, your child is and seeing that is certainly not going to help them. Stay calm and freak out later or hide under the stairs or lock yourself in the bathroom. Nothing chocolate and a glass of wine won't fix later! They will trust being safe with their teacher if you do.
Are you set? Of course you are! You've got this and you will rock at being school mum and all the fun adventures of making new mum friends, after school activities and school holidays that come with it. Enjoy the journey because it's here for the next thirteen plus years of your life.
Now have a cup of tea, put your feet up and relax