Where Has The Time Gone?

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Where Has The Time Gone?

end of year one photo

As the summer holidays are finally upon us, it draws me into a reflective mode. I can hardly believe that big man has completed Year One. It seems like yesterday that my baby had started reception. I was worried about him making friends. Not being able to read or write anything but his name. I am proud to say that he has come on in leaps and bounds and really is his own little person who is excited and intrigued by life. My worries now have turned into how I am going to take him to his friends birthday parties and what will happen when he reads the "I believe in Santa" signs at Christmas. I mean why wouldn't you!?!

I also get a little upset. Another year has passed me by so quickly. It is only a year until he leaves infants. I think a picture of the wall chart will be necessary on his last day. I am hoping that he has done some growing.

height chart at school

This year middle man starts in reception too. How has that happened? I do worry about how he will cope with 5 full days but I know deep down he will be fine.

So what have I learnt whist big man has been at school?

Firstly, it is always a good idea to buy the correct sized clothing. I can laugh about it now, but I was pretty upset when I thought that big man would start on his first day without a jumper that fitted!

child in adults jumper

There is no point in buying a whole wardrobe of school branded clothing. As much as I would love too, it costs a fortune and will just get stained in pen/mud/who knows what. Luckily you can get great quality unbranded uniform for a fraction of the cost. George at ASDA even have a 100 day guarentee on their clothing so if you do get it wrong, you can easily exchange.

There is more to life than spending hours sewing in name labels. I still have about 75 sew in tags from when big man started nursery. A sharpie pen does the trick and there is no risk of jabbing a needle into your finger.

The little person that you take in and worry about on their first day will soon adapt to their new environment. They no longer need their Mummy to help them make friends. They will develop a longing for learning which requires your best friend to become Google. I honestly don't know how my Mum coped with all the questions and no internet to find the answers. They will continue to make you prouder than you thought possible as they start on their journey to become an adult.

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  1. Barbara Handley24 July 2014 at 12:40

    My oldest grandchild starts senior school in September. I cannot believe he is eleven now as it seems like he was only born last year. He and his sisters have always had to have school uniforms complete with school badge from only one shop. It is ridiculously expensive. You can buy school uniforms from supermarkets, chain stores etc which are good value but not acceptable by some schools. I am hoping the senior school uniform will not be as expensive as I fear.

  2. Jocelyn (@ReadingRes)24 July 2014 at 18:41

    Lovely post and photos. My daughter is about to start school, and though I know she'll be fine and love it, she's still my little baby to me! Good tips there, I have bought all of her uniform from Asda and she has handy stick in labels!

  3. What a gorgeous little boy, sounds like he's doing great! I totally agree with the Asda uniform and sharpie pens x

  4. Sounds like you're doing fine. Like you, our oldest has just finished year 1 and our middle one is about to enter Foundation 2. I have no idea where the last two years have gone. (Actually, I do know - they're become a blur of sleepless nights looking after number three ...)

  5. Louise Fairweather25 July 2014 at 12:37

    lol - thankfully our third is a good sleeper. They grow up so quick!

  6. Louise Fairweather25 July 2014 at 12:37

    He has grown up so much and it is lovely to watch x

  7. Louise Fairweather25 July 2014 at 12:38

    ooo stick in labels - that saves the time of writing!

  8. Louise Fairweather25 July 2014 at 12:39

    Oh gosh that is expensive. Luckily our school is fine with supermarket clothes - will need to remortgage just to buy the school shoes!

  9. Judith Kingston26 July 2014 at 09:06

    Oh I feel a bit teary now! My eldest is still in pre-school, but before you know it I'll be on Google too, trying to keep up with all the stuff he is discovering. Good times, though. Love the oversized school jumper!! How did you end up with such a massive one??

  10. Louise Fairweather26 July 2014 at 20:46

    I'm still not sure! I think the computer confused me and I ticked 36 inches instead of 26. Ooppps

  11. I have felt the end of the school year more this year as Roo leaves to start Junior School. I hope that Big Man is looking forward to Year 2 along with Middle Man starting Reception.

  12. It sounds like he has learned so much in his first year, love the picture in the over-sized jumper. Time really does fly. My little guy starts school in April, a milestone that means he is really growing up :0( #loudnproud

  13. Louise Fairweather29 July 2014 at 10:13

    Starting Juniors seems so old doesn't it x

  14. Louise Fairweather29 July 2014 at 10:14

    He has done really well. They don't do staggered intake here anymore. Hope he loves school when he goes x

  15. justanormalmummy4 August 2014 at 18:31

    Aww he is such a happy little chappy :) I find I'm constantly torn between pride and feeling like the time is flying :( x I can kind of see why people just keep popping em out to be honest! LOL x