Monday, 9 September 2013

A Letter To Riley

Dear Riley

Today was a big day for both of us, it was your first day at nursery and it was the day I realised that you're not a baby anymore, we both cried today :(

I remember 3 years ago when I was filling in your baby keepsake book and getting to the page where I put in the details and a photo of your first day of school, I laughed when I saw it because it seemed so far away that I couldn't imagine it ever happening and it seems like only a second has passed and it's here.

With your birthday being in August you're one of the youngest in your school year, you've only just turned three and you seem way too little to be wearing a uniform and starting school. You woke up this morning so excited, you wanted to go straight to school as soon as you were dressed but I had to explain that it wasn't open at ten past seven in the morning lol

We set off for school and you couldn't wait to get in there but things changed pretty quickly when we walked through the door, it was very crowded and hectic as parents tried to find their child's hook to hang up their coats, we finally found your hook which has a picture of a car on it and we went through to your class room, all the children were sat on the carpet and they were very quiet, you didn't like this at all and instantly got upset and wanted me to pick you up, at this point your teacher grabbed hold of you and made it quite clear that I should just leave as staying would make things worse which I did but I felt awful afterwards as I could hear your screams from outside the building. I waited outside for a few minutes and I could hear you calming down very quickly, this made me feel a bit better but I still didn't like leaving you like that.

Three hours later I came to pick you up hoping that you had enjoyed your first morning at nursery but you were crying, I asked if you'd been ok and the teachers said that you had been fine but had got upset whenever they changed activities and then got upset when the Mums started to turn up to fetch their children. I asked you if you had enjoyed school and you said "yes" even though when I asked you what you had been doing at school you said "I've been crying all the time".

I have to say I'm not looking forward to taking you again in the morning but I have no choice, I know that it's good for you and in a couple of weeks you'll really enjoy it. You may not officially be a baby anymore but just know that you'll always be my baby, my special boy.

Love from Mummy



  1. Oh no:( the poor wee pet saying he'd been crying! No wonder you aren't looking forward to taking him tomorrow! But (I'm sure you have and will hear this a thousand times!) he will get more used to it and start to enjoy it. By the end of the week he'll probably be crying because he doesn't want to leave! Xx

    1. Thanks Sarah, I know he'll grow to love it but it's really hard seeing him upset, it's for the best though and hopefully he'll get used to it sooner rather than later :) xx

  2. Aww, this could have been written by me to my youngest last week and it's just made me well up! Upsetting isn't it. I really hope he settles in soon Emma x

    1. Aw thanks Jo, I cried writing it lol it's a big event in their life and ours as a mummy, let's hope it gets easier :) xx

  3. Awwwww this is such a lovely post, Emma.

    I almost cried reading it. I hate the thought of Tyne going off to school, so I can only imagine how you're feeling.

    And poor Riley, saying yes he'd enjoy it but he'd been crying all day! Oh bless him, I hope he finds it easier tomorrow now that he knows what to expect - and then hopefully it'll be much easier on you too!

    Just take it a day at a time *hugs*

    Sparkles & Stretchmarks - UK Based parenting blog

  4. Such a touching post!
    Best of luck to Riley! I'm sure he'll settle down soon (:

  5. Ach the poor wee soul saying he'd be crying all day :( Breaks your heart. Hopefully he'll start to enjoy it more soon!

    Thanks so much for linking up to #MMWBH xx


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