Then he was a Green Turtle.
Now he's a Yellow Duckie.
These are the names of the nursery school rooms Honey Bear has progressed through since he started at 5 or 6 months old.
Now, the Yellow Duckie Room is a huge deal. Well, for P and I it is a huge deal. This room is for "older babies."
When I dropped him off Friday at about 10:30 a.m., we went to the Duckies instead of the Turtles.
They told me I didn't have to bring his diaper bag each day anymore. They would keep everything in his cubby. They displayed a choice of cute, boy-themed nappers and I picked the one with spaceships. The napper is a quilted blanket to lay on with an attached pillow. I will need to bring a cover blanket for him that will stay at "school."
No more crib at school. His napper will be placed on a low cot and that's where he'll sleep. No more bringing bottles to school. He'll have a sippy cup there. No more high chair at school. He'll sit at the very low table in one of the very small chairs to eat his lunch and his snack.
I stood listening to all the new procedures, holding him in my arms and thinking "But, but he still has puppy smell!" I had an impulse to hold him out to Miss Dimple and encourage her to sniff his head, to prove his baby-ness hasn't worn off yet.
I remembered Shark Boy coming into the Yellow Duckie room, with the same wonderful and loving teachers, and the same new procedures that would govern a part of his day.
I could not then, nor can I now, believe how very fast it comes! Honey Bear is 15 months old. He's still a baby, but more so to me than to his teachers, who see that he's capable of all these "next stage" things. And they know this learning and this routine will challenge him and help him grow.
It's entirely appropriate and he's fully ready. As I left, he was sitting at the very low table in one of the very small chairs, next to a
But! But, he still has puppy smell...