We are feeling all the feelings as our two eldest Little Buttons are now not so little. Amelie is sailing into Year 1 and Harper is due to start school in just a few short weeks. I’m not sure it’s quite sunk in that she’s not going to be buzzing around me 24/7 asking me “what are we doing today?”, “can I watch one more My Little Pony please?” and “can I have a little snack?” on loop.
She’s so ready for the school journey to begin and has been playing ‘schools’ with all her toys to get them ready too. She makes a very good (or bossy!) teacher at least. She even got a ‘big girl’ hair cut in preparation (which is the hairstyle I started school with – and still have!).
As we were away on holiday for her scheduled settling-in session she went and spent time with the current reception class before the term ended and it was like she’d been there all year. In fact, as the school doesn’t have a uniform it was nearly impossible to spot her amongst the bigger boys and girls.
This time last year when Amelie was approaching the start of school M&S asked us to join in their Decades of School campaign and try out their uniform. When the email popped up in our inbox this year I was a bit disappointed thinking we wouldn’t be able to take part as Tia raved about how good the uniform is. Then I remembered the PE kit was uniformed and Harper would need something to keep the kit in so we jumped at the chance to test out their uniforms again.
Whilst Harper is really excited about starting school I don’t think the realisation of having to go every Monday – Friday, and not being with all her chums from nursery, has really sunk in. Tia gave me a great tip that she did with Amelie to make her feel confident as she walked through the school gates for the first time. Pop a little paper heart in her pocket so she knows you’re with her throughout the day. If she feels nervous or afraid, she knows she can reach in her pocket and the little heart will be there as a reminder that I’m thinking of her and that all is okay.
Tia said she’s never had to iron anything from M&S and that is a BIG plus in my book. I hate ironing, and I’m rubbish at it. Also, I’m saving time by having a personalised name stamp for Harper’s clothes, as I’ll have to stamp pretty much her entire wardrobe! Stamping is a lot quicker than iron-on or sew-on labels.
We got our big girls together last week so Amelie could pass down her playground wisdom to Harper and to give them a chance to see each other before term starts. It’s going to be a big change for both of us and the girls in September.
Thank you to M&S for the lovely uniform. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
~ Laura & Tia xx ~