Well, I finally did it! Oscar starting nursery was a HUGE thing for me, I registered him a year ago and I have only just changed our schedules around to assign him a day and a half a week at nursery.
In the days leading up to him properly starting I had the worst anxiety, my mental health was all over the place and it’s not until now that I’ve put my finger on exactly what it was, it was anxiety over my first born, my baba, growing up. I still feel sick and can’t eat breakfast on the mornings I drop him at nursery and he’s been there 3 weeks now, partly because he doesn’t want me to leave in the morning, he cries and grips on to my neck/arm/leg but I do know that he likes his key worker and he is fine after 10 minutes and they update me on tapestry throughout the day. I probably wouldn’t survive the day without tapestry, it’s an app that the nursery can update through the day with pictures and videos and notes about what your child is doing and their EYFS milestones too. Then you can add your own things too so the nursery can see new things they are learning at home.
There are some things we’ve been doing and that we’re going to start to do to make the transition easier, for example, because of O’s allergies it’s much easier to pack his lunches for nursery, this way we know exactly what he’s eating at all times. The other thing is organisation for daily outfits etc which is a whole other post!
Here’s what a typical lunch looks like for him:
I like to add fruit and veg that he can snack on when the other children have their snack time too, in this I like to include; apple slices, blueberries, carrot sticks, pineapple chunks and grapes.
I like to get our fruit and veg from our friends Greengrocers, it’s a much nicer feeling to be giving our money to a family run business and also we know the fruit and veg is always super fresh! If you’re based near to the Bournemouth area I would DEFINITELY recommend giving Watsons Greengrocers a visit: https://www.facebook.com/watsonsgreengrocers/
Fruit is such an easy and quick snack, especially these oranges we were kindly sent- they are easy peelers so perfect for this stage in Oscars life where we are trying to teach him to peel bananas and oranges. These Chilean Easy Peelers are about 87% water which means in the summer they’re a fun way to keep hydrated and now when we’re in autumn and Oscar has a cold and there’s only so many cups of water and juice he will drink these oranges help soothe his little throat and, again, keep him hydrated- they’re a year round hydrant! Also, low in calories, fat and a good provider of vitamins and minerals so I’m happy munching away on them too!
There we have it, a nice lunchbox for Oscar and a bit of anxiety for Mummy (which I’m confident will subside over time)
What did you do to make drop offs easier? What do you add in your childs lunch boxes? I need ideas!
This post is an entry for BritMums #ChileanEasyPeelers Challenge, sponsored by Chilean Citrus Committee