Saturday, August 25, 2012


Last week it was time to pack up some of Inara's essentials and head to preschool. In Sweden, it's common for children starting preschool to have one parent with them for the first week, so that they can get into the swing of things before being left there. She seems to have had a good time, although she got a bad cold (go figure) the second day and actually missed the last two days of the week.

I'm amazed at what an independent and outgoing little person she is. The first day she spent mostly scouting the place out, examining the contents of all cupboards, drawers and boxes. She had no issue going from room to room doing this while I sat in the main area with the teachers and the rest of the kids. She made everybody smile by laughing loud and often and got along well with the other kids. The only thing she didn't like was having to sit still for "fruit time" and singing. The other kids actually seemed a little startled by her behavior. Another thing that really hit me was how she's able to do so many things by herself now. When she's there she eats sitting on a regular (but smaller) chair at a regular table, using a fork and a regular glass. 

She's only going to be there for fifteen hours per week until (insert if) we get jobs, which seems perfect. Enough time for us to get some stuff done and enough time for her to make some friends and learn a bunch of new stuff. Since we missed a couple of days last week, we're going in with her again on Monday and Tuesday will be the big day when she'll be alone for a couple of hours for the first time. Even though I think it's a good thing, I'm pretty sure I'll cry. Just a head's up. 

I snapped this picture of Inara and Andrew heading to preschool on Wednesday:


  1. Oh Maria! This is so tender! I love it. Good luck with the parting. It is bittersweet.

    1. Thank you, definitely bitter sweet. But, I'm getting used to having some time to myself every week. Plus, I think she's really grown from it.