After spending a tense morning, waiting to go pick her up, I felt better when I got there and the receptionist told me "Oh, yeah, I heard there was a new little girl in Ms. P's class. Everyone says that she's just so cute, and fitting in so well..." That gave me the warm fuzzies!
Here is the post-first-day picture of her recovering with some Annie's spiral pasta:
And here is her brother, all smiley from having mommy to himself all morning!
That said, this morning was a repeat of yesterday's scene (except it didn't freak me out so much). This time she broke down in the hallway and did that toddler thing where they go completely limp and are impossible to pick up... I handed her over to the classroom assistant, who managed to sling her like a sack of potatoes (okay, that sounds worse than it really was - she slung her in a good way) and took her into the classroom. I high-tailed it down the hall and comforted myself with the fact that she's in good hands.
Bill and I went to a parent night last night that was run by the guide and her assistant. It was perfect timing, since they talked again about how to handle separation anxiety and the fact that it often rears its ugly head even when the child is doing perfectly fine once the parent is gone. I got there a little early and talked to Ms. P about Sydney's day, and how great she was when I picked her up, and Ms. P warned me that despite that, she'd probably be upset again the next few times that I dropped her off. I really like both Ms. P and Ms. G (the assistant), which makes this so much easier. I think I'm going to knit them some socks for Christmas, just to show my appreciation! Hmm - is that the excuse I need to buy myself Knitting On The Road? I think it might be... I can't wait until a few months have passed and Sydney is settled into the new routine. As much as I talk about being okay with it, I'm really trying to talk myself into it! I know it's good for her, but there's that feral mommy instinct that makes it really hard to do anything that seems harmful or upsetting to my child.
I am making some good progress on Sue's Xmas present - I will post some pictures when I get a little further and they're more exciting. I also FINALLY got my yarn from Knit Picks. So now I can knit Hopeful, in all my free time. I also got some Ambrosia, which is an alpaca-cashmere blend, which I hope to use for Branching Out. This will be the third yarn I've tried to use for BO, so hopefully the third time's the charm!