Today is a big day. We’ve just dropped Dylan off at pre school for the first time. I can’t believe that he’s at this stage already. It doesn’t seem all that long ago that he was faceplanting his way into the world at an antisocial hour and I was soon to be found wandering the streets of Eastbourne in a bewildered fashion due to the strictures of visiting hours.
I know it’s not proper school, but it’s still a big deal. He’ll soon be spending three days a week away from me, Kate and Xander; a new experience for all of us.
Like any parents, we’re hoping he’ll enjoy it and give a good account of himself. He’s a generally well-behaved, very clever and warm little lad so he should fit in well, but there’s always an element of doubt about new things. He can be resistant to change, so I do wonder how he’s going to react to his new routine and surroundings.
Another thing we’re hoping is that he’ll pick up a few tricks from other children. Particularly in terms of eating a wider variety of things and obtaining a less militant attitude towards toilet training. He’s been a bit lazy on both fronts. Maybe because we’ve been a bit lenient with him as he’s our first. Xander will be afforded no such luxury!
And speaking of the youngest member of the family, I’m hoping that Xander will enjoy the freedom of the living room without being reminded of the pecking order by his big brother.
They play nicely together, of course, but it’s pretty much always on Dylan’s terms so it’ll be good for both of them to have a little bit of a different daytime routine. Xander is starting to get quite a few words under his belt too, so the chance to practise them with Kate without being shouted down by Dylan proving that he knows them too will be of great benefit, I’m sure.
We recently had a visit from two of the key workers who Dylan will be spending his days with. It went well – and he managed to sneak the word ‘trapesium’ into conversation, so that was good! – so I take that as an encouraging sign, but it’s not going to stop me sitting staring at my phone for the duration of the time he’ll be there.