Hey there! Happy Thursday, friends.
The girls started their new preschool on Monday. I was pretty anxious leading up to their first day, but I made sure to act excited for their “big girl school”. We talked about how things would go that first day so they would have an idea what to expect in the morning. I made sure to tell them that I wouldn’t be staying long (I know from experience that it’s better to leave right away rather than to linger), but that I would be back soon. I think it helped to set that expectation right off the bat.
Driving to the school I could tell the girls were nervous. Madison kept saying, “I’m not sure I’m ready for big girl school.” And she asked to stay home several times because she wasn’t “feeling well”. I kept saying it was okay to feel a little bit scared. I reminded her that she will have sissy there and not to worry because everyone is really excited to meet them. At that moment I was reminded how incredibly lucky I am to have twins. The girls have each other to lean on and keep each other feeling safe.
When we arrived at school there were a lot of kids. Parents were busy leading their children to their classrooms. Lots of chattering and smiles. Everyone knew what they were doing and where they were going.
And the reality of it all set in.
In a way I felt like I was starting a new school. I realized that this was just one of many, many new experiences and first days for these two.
We met our teacher (who was super sweet) and the girls put their jackets and bags away. I stayed for just a few minutes to talk with the teacher and get the girls settled. Lots of hugs and a few kisses. Then more hugs. Before I left Ashlyn whispered to me, “I’m scared, mommy!” and I melted for a second. I told her that I was counting on her to keep sissy safe and to be my big girl. She perked up a bit knowing she had this responsibility and then I quickly left. I felt a bit emotional leaving as I realized my girls were growing up.
I raced to work and walked into a staff meeting a little late (whoops!) and then worked for several hours until it was time to pick up the girls. When I arrived to pick them up they were happily playing on the playground. They looked like they were having fun!
Several teachers approached me to say how well M & A did. I was told they even got up in front of the entire class to sing a song! Excuse me… My children?! So proud.
The teacher sent me a few pictures from their first day and it looked like they had a blast!
When I asked them what they thought of their new school they said, “It was fun!”
Two thumbs up for big girl school.
As many of you know, the girls don’t eat gluten or dairy (aside from yogurt and butter) so we’ll have to adjust to a new routine and meal plan at school. Our previous Montessori school provided breakfast and lunch and the girls received special gluten and dairy free meals (for an extra fee). I didn’t have to bring anything to school other than almond milk (almost everyone there drank cow’s milk) and the occasional replacement treat for birthdays and parties. It worked really well.
Things will change slightly with our new school. We’ll have to have breakfast here before heading out. I’ll have to prepare daily snacks and lunches three days per week. Even though I’m used to preparing meals for the girls, it will be a bit challenging to stick to the school’s guidelines (no nuts, almond milk, etc. and food must be okay to be kept out for a few hours). I totally understand the need for these guidelines and in a way I’m hoping this will help me be a bit more creative with their meals.
For their lunches, some of my ideas for meals include:
- rice + beans + avocado
- sunflower seed butter and jelly sandwiches (on GF bread or GF waffles)
- chicken (corn) tacos + sliced cherry tomatoes and cucumbers
- turkey chili + sliced veggies (carrot sticks, celery, tomatoes)
- GF chicken nuggets, ketchup, snap peas
- hummus sandwiches + veggies for dipping
- buttered rice noodles + peas
- yogurt + dried fruit + sunflower seed butter
I recently bought these insulated lunch bags for the girls (they loved picking out their pattern) and I just ordered these stainless steel thermoses online. I’ve read they keep food warm for several hours so hopefully they will do the trick.
I would love some meal ideas from other parents. I don’t want the girls to get bored with their food. And if you have suggestions for lunch containers, please let me know. I’d like to eliminate plastic bags and foil to cut down on waste.
Thank you for reading!