Stella started going to preschool. We attempted last August to send her but she was still really young and just had a hard time. We thought a few more months would do her good, and so it seems we were right.
She started at the beginning of January and has been doing great. She only goes part time. In the month that she has gone I have noticed that socially she has really grown. She no longer needs me on the playground. She loves to play with other kids and actually pretends with other kids. It is wonderful and a little sad, only a little.
Last Friday was Family Fun Day. They should have renamed it "Partial Family (or nanny) Kinda-Fun Day." It was a field day and the kids practiced all week for it. This would also explain how that week Stella started napping again.
The day of the field day the music was loud. Too loud, it was ear bleeding loud and inappropriate. Bootlicious, Single Ladies, Pina Colada, and other not-cool-for-toddler songs were played on blasting music to the point that the speakers were blown. Stella's toddler class all freaked out and started crying at the noise, the yelling to "go, go, go." The first hour I thought we weren't going to make it. Somehow the volume situation either deafened us so we didn't notice or was turned down and the kids chilled out and a good time was had by all.