Finally, five months after their pre-school friends in the UK started, my boys have had their first day of school in Australia.
I remember sniffling at the thought of them going six months ago, and just the idea of them walking through the doors to their classroom made me teary, but having your kids attached to you permanently during the busiest months of your life can turn anyone around 🙂 Having lived in Australia since September, we haven’t really had much of a break from one another and we had all reached a point after the looong summer holiday (which happens at Christmas in Australia) where we were more than ready to say goodbye to each other for a few hours each day.
As I left them with the rest of their prep class, I was proud and not sad at all. Yes, they’re growing up but it’s exciting to think about them becoming more responsible and being able to do more things like go on bike rides, learn to swim without arm bands and being less dependent on me (although that last one still tugs at my heart a little – OK, a lot).
Where does the time go? It only feels like yesterday they were squishy newborns I could carry under each arm. And now they’re preppies in their big school hats starting school in Queensland!
I should add that I wasn’t so together when I dropped E for her first day in nursery earlier today. I had a few tears in the car – I think it was mostly relief at the fact we made it at last! Here’s to our new routine in Australia where we can all look forward to making some new friends and having new adventures.