This April I’m joining in with the A to Z blogging challenge. Each day (apart from Sunday) I’m going to use a different letter of the alphabet to write about Monkey; her personality, hobbies and interests.
N is for National offer day.
If you live in England and have a child born between 1/9/13 and 31/8/14 (or even know someone who does!) you will know that today is the primary school offer day.
Monkey has been counting down to this day for weeks.
I’ve been feeling sick!
I don’t know why it’s been stressing me out so much. We have lots of good schools locally. Monkey is happy, she’s bright, she’s confident. I know that she’ll do well wherever she goes. Realistically I know that she is more than ready for school.
It’s just I’m not.
Monkey will be my only child. And this just feels like the baby days are really over. I’ll never have that time again. And it makes me sad.
I’m also sad that she has to leave her amazing nursery. She’s been there since she was 8 months old. I sent them this tiny baby, they taught her so much and now I’m getting back this intelligent grown up girl. She’s already starting to read and write, her vocabulary blows my mind and she can even speak French!
She’s gotta lovely bunch of friends at nursery. They’ve been together almost their entire lives so I’m sad that they’ll all be split up.
I was trying to keep calm but then on Saturday my social media started going crazy with people who knew their places. Apparently they’d received letters with today’s date on it. Cue me stalking the postman, but nothing arrived.
Yesterday I decided to stay up until midnight to find out. I’d been reliably informed that the places go live at midnight. And they do in 99% of the country, but not here.
From 11.55 last night until 4 this morning, I was manically hitting refresh on both my emails and the council website. I was obsessively checking my junk mail. At four I decided I wasn’t going to hear so I went to bed.
I was up at seven! Today has been powered by diet coke and energy drinks. Monkey’s first question was “What school did I get?” but I still didn’t have an answer.
My email finally arrived at 8.32 although it felt so much later. It was great news though, we got our first choice. Monkey was so excited and wanted to go there straight away. She’s not impressed September is so far away! We’ve been to buy school uniform bows and had a walk past the school.
My baby girl really is growing up.