Ryker went to a wonderful nursery preschool  in our neighborhood. We started  the preschool since he was 18 month. Now he is at 2s’ class( twice a week), and parents work one day and drop kids off the other day.  After letting him and other kids familiar with the teacher, parents and the environment,  parents started dropping off kids in October.

Ryker is a slower-to- warm- up kid, so I waited a little bit longer to drop him off. We have been talking about this and read stories about the first day at school. This Tuesday was the day I decided to drop him off for the half of the class. I was so worried since I never left him to someone else except his daddy. I wanted to make gifts for his first day and physically showed him that mommy always with him in his heart and always comes back.

1. The Kissing hand calming bottle
This kissing hand is one of the most famous book for preparing the first day at school. The story is about Chester is a young raccoon who is nervous about go to school. His mother kisses his center palm and tells him that “whenever you feel lonely and need a little loving from home, just press your hand to your cheek and think, ‘Mommy loves you. Mommy loves you.’ Chester is comforted and goes to school.

This has became his favorite bedtime story lately, we loved to kiss each other’s hands for goodnight. I wanted him to actually see and hold the love from me if he feels alone at school, so I made this calming bottle. Materials: voss water bottle, dish soap, white glitter, 3D heart stickers, and laminated family photos. 

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Ryker loves the bottle and has been watching it again and again in the morning . I put it to his backpack and told him when he misses mommy and daddy, just look at the bottle and won’t feel alone anymore.

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2. Mommy and baby owls shirt
The other story book we love is called,” Owl Babies.” A tender tale to remind the youngest of children that Mommy always comes back. The teacher has been reading this story a lot for preparing kids first day at school alone. All the kids liked to listen the stories and to hold the stuff owl toys around in the classroom. I also bought the book and read the story to him at home.

I wanted to give Ryker something that represents mommy alway come back, so I designed and made this t-shirt for his first day. The front graphic is mommy and baby owls with letter “R” ( Ryker) and letter “M” ( mommy); the back graphic is a simple text: mommy loves Ryker.

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In the morning, he was excited to see the owls with his and my letters on the owls and also his name in the back. We read the story again before heading out the door, and he smiled and touched his shirt the whole time.

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When I told him that I will drop him off and be back for snack time, he asked a lot of questions about where I would go and why, but he didn’t cry or refused to go like before. He touched his t-shirt and said he is the baby owl. I said,” yes, mommy always co back and mommy’s love is with you every step away. I kissed his hand, and the teacher hold him to wave goodbye.  I was so worried and hold my phone the whole time. When I went back for the snack time, the teacher and other parents told me he did so well and didn’t cry at all, I was so relief and proud of my baby. Guess all the preparation paid off 🙂

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