After years of watching from the sidelines on Olin’s first days of school or camp, today was finally Odette’s first day of school!
Let’s call this her first day of pre-preschool because it is only 3 days a week for 2 hours at a time and for some of the children (hopefully not Odette) it is not even a “separation class”, but one in which the parents stay for the duration depending on the child’s comfort with the environment. I mean, most parents didn’t even show up for this one, but sent nannies instead.
Pre-preschool or not, it was school, with real teachers and everything! And Odette got the full “both parent” treatment because any sort of school is a big deal in this family!
And she loved it. She read books with her teacher and another little girl – Odette chose Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems, a favorite of ours at home, she colored with another little girl, helped her teacher set up snack by placing a napkin at each child’s seat, and when the teacher asked a small group of the children if they liked to dance, Odette responded with an enthusiastic “I do!” and then showed the group her “moves”.
I think my favorite part, though, was during snack time. While eating her little cheese and crackers, the mother of the little girl Odette was sitting next to asked Odette what her name was and from across the room, I heard her little voice respond “Odette” and I know it seems ridiculous, but I was just so proud of her in that moment and the little person she has so way-too-quickly become.
We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside the classroom today, but we did get a few hundred before school.
Upon exiting our building, Odette received the well wishes of the many men that work in our building, all of whom she adores
Oh, and if I seem noticeably absent in these photos, I was present, but behind the camera because this little girl was all about her daddy today. I don’t blame her, I think he’s pretty great too.
A quick pause in our journey to show off her newest ballet position, the passé. Have I mentioned how much I love this little girl?
We arrived early so that we could run across the street to get our girl a croissant at Via Quadronno on her special day.
And then a few more photos outside of the school without her coat to make sure we got adequate photos of her special “first day of pre-preschool” dress.
Toward the end of her whopping one hour day today, Odette seemed really tired and so as soon as we got back home, I laid her down for a nap and she slept until it was time to pick up Olin. Since she slept right through lunch, I took Olin and Odette to Le Pain Quotidien for a snack. Sitting there today, drinking tea and eating pumpkin muffins and listening to Olin talk about all the things that happened at school and watching Odette color pictures, made me want so badly to freeze time, but also to have like a million more babies because it’s just so good. It was a really good day.