An era ended recently and a new chapter has begun.
'Babyzoid' has started school.
Yes, I know! It seems like only yesterday I was being vomited on for the tenth time in a day, or worrying that my darling daughter had turned puce from 5 days without a number 2. Oh them were the days...
But now, here she is. Big. Grown up. No longer a baby, or a toddler - not even a pre-schooler (I'll make myself cry in a minute - my little girrrrl!) Like I haven't already - nooooo, no tears from me on the first day of "big school" (yeah, right - worst day EVER).
So what now? She is officially a schoolgirl. And doesn't she make a beautiful one (naturally)?
Of course, I needn't worry. As my daughter tells me every day, "I'm big girl now, Mummy! I can even flush the toilet! BY MYSELF!" (we have a difficult flushing mechanism...)
Oh she'll be fine, I know, and she's been so excited. But you do worry, don't you?
Will she behave?
Will she do well?
And most importantly of all at this age:
Will she make friends?
She's left a lot of friends (some really good ones) behind at playschool and naturally they will move on - be it at other schools or at playschool still, but thankfully some have started with her. Indeed she has three very good friends in her class and the class next door. It's also nice for me to have friendly faces I can chat to at drop-off/pick up and maybe take a stroll to the playground with on a nice day. After all, it's not just a transition for the children - it can be tough on the mummies too when you're part of a group one minute - then you're suddenly not and it all carries on as if you were never there.
But yes, if there's one thing my daughter can do it's make friends, so I suppose I needn't worry.
But you do, don't you....
Have any of you been through this? How did your children cope? How did you cope? How did you help your children in forming new friendships?