Day 3 of school… Little Foot was all dressed for Hari Raya celebrations. And she decided that Ah-Ah the dog will be her companion for the day.
As agreed with Papa Long, today would be the day we exited from class and really let her adjust.
We left shortly after she has breakfast and was settled down on the rug with the Chinese teacher. I had to walk out fast, more so that I wouldn’t crumble and decide to stay (that’s what happened yesterday).
My heart was pounding… I know my Little Foot was a brave one, but leaving my 19-month-old firstborn with people she still didn’t quite knew. I know it would be just too much for her.
I had breakfast with Papa and my friend (her son goes to the same school too)… and we waited.
1020am. I can’t take it anymore! Dragged Papa back to the school to peep.
My heart broke into a million pieces as I stood outside the door. I didn’t need to peep… I recognised my baby pie’s voice straightaway.
She’s not a loud bawler….there was another new toddler crying and tearing the house down. In between I heard Little Foot’s cries and whimpers.
Nothing, no amount of prep talks, no amount of moral support from everyone around me can prepare me for this moment.
Baby, you were crying in there and mummy’s tears were flowing inside my heart. Mummy was desperately trying to look brave and normal.
Papa was firm. No, she has to get used to it.
I know… I know…. the theories are easy. Doing it was hard. The same baby I have carried so close to my heart day after day is crying for me.
Finally we were reunited after diaper change time and it was meals time.
I held back my tears and gave her my biggest smile. She leaped into my arms. At that moment I wanted to carry her and run to a corner and hug her, nurse her and say “It’s ok, I’m sorry, let’s forget this whole rubbish idea of school.”
Instead I carried her back into the classroom.
I wanted to feed her, she wanted to latch. So afraid mama will disappear again. So in need of comfort. So we gave up after 3 spoons of porridge and said goodbye to everyone.
Still holding back my tears, still having to sound positive and encourage her that school wasn’t so bad, still telling her “no no…” not allowed to nurse her.
Finally in the car. Yay! We survived! She finally got to the milk source. I finally dropped my plastic face.
And I silently broke down as I held her and stared at the skies.
And this is how it is to really say goodbye to babyhood.
I remind myself, for my Dec baby, I have to grit my teeth and do this now, or her learning curve at N1 would be even more uphill if she has to also deal with the adjustments to being in the system.
Nobody said it was easy. Nobody told me it would be this hard either.