{The Ordinary Moments} #17 – A Milestone Day.



This past week we have had a very big thing happen in a little lady’s world- she had her first settling in session at nursery.

When I went back to work when Mads was eleven months old, we were in the fortunate position that two dear family friends and my Mum looked after her for the three days I was away.  This continued for the next fourteen months until I went on maternity leave with LL, and I can’t thank them enough for having my big girl for me.

This time around our situation has changed, in all aspects.  In regards to work, that’s a story for another time, but in terms of childcare we have had to decide on what to do with Mads and LL.  We looked at a couple of pre-schools but due to a number of different reasons we have enrolled both Mads and LL in nursery two short days a week from 9.00am – 2.30pm.  LL will start settling in sessions in January ready to start properly in February, but Mads had her first one last Thursday.

I was so nervous about taking her.  She has always been quite independent but recently she has developed a sense of fear about certain things. We chatted about it in the car, and she insisted on wearing her sunglasses which I thought was funny.  We walked in and straight away she was fine.  I thought I would have to stay a while the first time round, but within five minutes I was out the door.

I walked outside to my car, and had to hold back the tears.  I put my hands on the wheels and realised they were shaking.  I know that babies go to nursery a lot earlier than she has, but it’s a big step for me to leave her with someone other than family and friends who love her as much as I do.

She is only there two hours at a time until the end of December, but when I went to pick her up, she was sat at a little table doing some painting without a care in the world.  I walked in and she looked a mixture of embarrassed and happy to see me, and I had to drag her home because she didn’t want to leave.  I got the most gorgeous reindeer painting, which she was so incredibly proud to tell me about as soon as I walked in the door.  I honestly will treasure it forever and it’s happily got prime position on our kitchen cabinet.

I am so proud of my big girl, and although we may have a few wobbles along the way, I can tell that she will be very happy there, and will thrive.  She is growing up so fast, and although it is just nursery, it feels like I am letting her go just a little bit.  It sounds silly but it is a big step for me.  I don’t know what on earth I am going to do when LL goes in January!


  • I’m so pleased that she enjoyed nursery! It is such a big step for them and for us whatever age they are. Due to our circumstances at the time Noo started nursery full-time at 1 whereas this time with E she started 2 mornings a week when she was 2 and a half. I found both times equally hard! I never let myself feel guilty though and to be honest looking at 6 year old Noo now, I couldn’t be any more proud of the little person that she is. xxx

    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three says:

      I know I will find it even harder when LL goes, but ultimately it’s good for all of us. I can get work done which means I can switch off a little more at times when I should be playing with them! x

  • Anna-Marie says:

    That first day is always a killer. I remember Moo’s like it was yesterday!

    So pleased it went well x

    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three says:

      Thanks Anna-Marie. I am even more worried about LL! But ultimately it’s the best thing and I am sure they will both thrive. The first day is always the hardest I am sure! x

  • Carie says:

    Oh wow! Well done Mads (it’s a fabulous reindeer), and well done you – it’s really hard to leave them, even at a nursery that you love, but it sounds like they’re going to have a wonderful time. I know Kitty really enjoys her days at nursery and she loves telling me about them afterwards!

    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three says:

      Unfortunately since then it is not going so well, Mads has been crying whenever I leave her. It’s so hard! x

  • Fritha says:

    I’m so glad it went well and look at that amazing picture!! x

  • Double Trouble says:

    Congratulations on the beautiful painting, my son is also going to start in January and I am the same as you, I want to hold onto him for as long as I can and I know all children go nursery but it’s a strange thought someone else looking after him other than myself or my mum. I’m pleased for you that Mads was happy about being at nursery.

  • Ah we still have the print off they gave us of Cherry’s first day on the fridge, it showed her playing with things and smiling for them, I love it 🙂 That’s a fab reindeer! x

  • It seems so long ago since John started nursery (well it was actually a year ago now!) and he absolutely loves it. I still have his first ever painting stuck to our fridge. And seeing all the things he’s picked up at nursery, like the actions to Wind The Bobbin makes it all worth while.

  • Sounds like she took to it like a duck to water! That’s great as i know many people who have had real problems. F goes to pre-school 2 days a week and loves it, he’s now at an age where proper friendships are forming and he loves telling me about his little mates and what they got up too! Am sure mads will be the same based on her great start.
    As for Baby S he starts doing one day a week on turesday! He will be in the same building as his bro and i know them really well so am mostly just looking forward to it! x

    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three says:

      Unfortunately it didn’t stay that way- she has started getting a bit upset when she goes but I am hoping it is just a phase. Horrible having to pass them over and leave them while they are crying. x

  • Such a big moment but I definitely think I am a better more relaxed Mama when I have the chance to do my work in work time and then dedicate some special time to the boys. Pre school has been a life saver recently – I feel terribly guilty putting Ollie in all week but I have to pack the house! Lovely photos of a very special day xxx

    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three says:

      It’s bittersweet because I will miss them and they are growing up so quickly, but I need this for me. And for them. So I can be more present when we are together rather than trying to do work on the computer. It will be good for them and good for me! x

  • The first day is tough, but I’m so glad it went well – she will love it and learn so much from her new friends. My boys both went full time from 6mo as I went back to work, and loved it. With the wee girl I’m enjoying being at home with her, but also looking forward to when she can go to preschool… For both of us 🙂

    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three says:

      It’s true Sara, and thank you. I am a bit sad that they are both going, but it is only two mornings a week, and I know that I will enjoy the time to myself, even though I will be working. x

  • Kara says:

    Hugs lovely, as you know Addison started 2 weeks ago, they don’t do settling sessions at ours its right in, 9am – 4pm, Addison has done amazingly, me on the other hand I cry everytime I take her still, I feel like a part of me is missing. I know she loves it, other than the food issues so I know we have made the right choice as have you by the looks of things xxx

    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three says:

      Unfortunately it is not going quite so well now Kara, she has been a bit upset the last couple of times, but we are peservering. Firstly cause she needs to be a bit more independent for school and secondly cause I really need to do work! x

  • Jess says:

    I love the reindeer painting,I bet that is going to be saved for ever! All of my boys stuff is! Glad your Mads enjoyed nursery 🙂

  • jenny paulin says:

    awwww this takes me back to Burton’s 1st session at Ladybirds. He was fine , i wasnt and then for the next 6 weeks he didnt want to go and cried!! I am so releived to hear how well you both coped and I adore her reindeer painting it is just precious x

    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three says:

      Ha Jenny this is EXACTLY what has happened here! She has been really upset the last two sessions. x

  • It’s brilliant that she enjoyed it, from what you say about her it sounds like she will love it but there is always that worry when you are leaving them in a different situation. Even reading this makes me nervous for Lucas going to pre-school and I have another 8 months. You must have been so relieved to see her happy when you collected her, I’m sure she will thrive xx

  • Minisaurus says:

    Oh it only seems like yesterday that Kitty was doing that! You must be so proud of her x

  • It’s so so hard letting them go isn’t it? I still have wobbles when I drop E off with the childminder even though she’s been going for a couple of months now. x

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