We're entering week four of Mother's Day Out tomorrow and I thought it would be a good time to give you all the pre, pre- school scoop!
Lots of friends had told me for nearly a year that I had to get Liv into an MDO program and that it would change my life. Honestly, I didn't need much convincing. Liv is a classic only child and I knew she'd really benefit from having time with other kids and with Willow Crowns growing daily, I was feeling spread a little thin.
She goes two days a week, for 5.5 hours each day, which seemed like a long time the first day, but it's flown ever since.
The bottom line : we both love it.
I love the time it gives me to work, I've been able to get back to Pilates a couple times a week which I'm loving, and I notice a lot of big changes in her.
She's doing a great job listening to directions most of the time, way way better than a couple of months ago. I can't know for sure if it's a product of having teachers and other kids to follow along with, or if it's a product of her age, but I'm leaning towards MDO for this one.
My little non-talker is suddenly talking a blue streak. Again, I'm sure her age is playing a role in this, but having to communicate with teachers and classmates who don't know her patented point and whine system of communication is certainly helping as well.
She loves getting ready for school in the morning:
I'm having so much fun packing her little lunches:
And I can't wait to pick her up at the end of the day:
She's wiped out when she comes home (since nosy Rosie is too interested in what's going on to nap while she's there), but has a blast playing with her little friends and I'm appreciating our time together more. I feel like our life has a lot more balance these days and I'm not working on the shop during the weekends anymore, which allows us to actually spend some good quality time when Ryan is home.
I've put a little slideshow of some of our favorite Mother's Day Out gear in case you're gearing up to send your little one soon! It's mostly cheap tees and leggings that can get ruined without breaking the bank, comfy shoes, and our fave lunchbox/sippy cup.