Finding Winter and Settling In

So we’ve both started settling into our new mini routine of pre-school. Slowly. Very very slowly. But we’re getting there. Little Zs emotions on finding out he’s going that particular day can vary from his bottom lip quivering to a full on crying session all the way there until I hand him over to the lovely keyworker. And on one particular day he announced he wanted to go to the loo, then locked us both into the bathroom and declared we weren’t going anywhere. I could just about unlock the door from laughing at his latest stunt. I’ve made a mental note to try to make sure he doesn’t lock himself in there solo one of these days. I think we have many more weeks of this but hopefully mine will involve taking down the bathroom door to free a small child.

Each time I’ve picked him up the keyworker has let me spy on him to see he’s laughing and happy and running around with his new friends. So the emotional penny has dropped with me and I know he’s having a good time when he’s not feeling overwhelmed. The staff make a huge fuss over what he’s been doing that day and he loves showing what he’s done. I am the proud owner of his first ever nursery picture which he has shown to anyone that’s walked through our front door and face timed anyone else that hasn’t made it to our house this week.

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And the stories about his day are always amusing. Most make no sense or stop halfway if he gets distracted by something shiny, but they are very nice to listen to. A few stories revolved around his new friend Walter last week. How they played on the slide, sang songs and drew pictures. Ahh he has a friend.

Except, when I asked the keyworker who Walter was she looked at me blankly and told me there was no Walter.

Could he have made it up? Did he actually have no friends yet? Oh no!
Then another keyworker pointed out it wasn’t a Walter he was playing with. It was a little girl called Winter. Phew. He has a friend!

Despite several attempts to correct him, he’s still insisting on calling his new friend Walter. Ah well.



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  1. Sarah MumofThree World March 10, 2014 / 6:32 am

    Lovely post. You must feel so relieved to know that he is enjoying himself. Couldn’t help laughing at the bathroom door – and Walter!
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  2. Jaime Oliver March 10, 2014 / 8:35 am

    YAY well done Z and well done you on not scaling the nursery walls to see him. I remember putting Joshua in nursery and feeling the same way. Although nothing is as precious as this picture.

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments x
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  3. Amy March 10, 2014 / 9:47 am

    Aww bless. I love when we get art work home from nursery. Though with twins its now starting to stack up and I have no idea what to do with it all.

  4. Iona@Redpeffer March 10, 2014 / 9:53 am

    It’s lovely to hear he’s enjoying nursery and I’m sure the emotions will settle down x
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  5. LauraCYMFT March 10, 2014 / 10:42 am

    Aww glad to hear he has made a friend. It’s good to see them having fun at nursery/preschool. Makes it easier if you know they are having a good time.
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  6. Charly Dove March 10, 2014 / 11:00 am

    You must have been laughing so much at the loo incident! So glad to hear little Z is starting to settle in that’s such great news. Love that he has a new friend too, that’s a great sign even if the name isn’t quite right – minor detail! Lovely post, thanks for sharing with #whatsthestory
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  7. Chrissie March 10, 2014 / 12:41 pm

    My heart sank a little when I read the no Walter part but hurrah for Winter! The more you tell us about Z, the more I think he’s such a fantastic little dude!
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  8. Katie March 10, 2014 / 1:44 pm

    Lovely, lovely post. I love his little painting. My little one is 20 months and we’re going to start looking around nurseries soon, I want to get him settled before we have another baby! I’m really nervous though because when strangers try and talk to him he hides his face! I think..hope… that’s natural! xx
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  9. Sara (@mumturnedmom) March 10, 2014 / 4:17 pm

    Glad to hear he’s settling in well, huge relief for you. Although I hope that locking you in the loo doesn’t become a regular thing 🙂 #WhatstheStory
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  10. Nina March 10, 2014 / 4:38 pm

    This made me chuckle.
    My twins go to nursery 1 morning a week and when I asked if they had a nice day today Miss M replied nac choc choc.
    Mmmm I’m sure nursery don’t give chocolate for snack time! 🙂

  11. karen Bell March 10, 2014 / 4:58 pm

    Aw, bless him. Glad he is settling in well, even if he doesn’t show mummy. Lovely picture!
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  12. TheBoyandMe March 10, 2014 / 9:17 pm

    I think Walter is an excellent name for a friend, he should continue to call her that! I can’t believe he locked you both in the bathroom, I’d love to meet him one day.

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  13. Sonia constant March 10, 2014 / 9:42 pm

    Ha this made me wonder if I’d written it. I had the exact same thoughts about Noah. He kept talking about a Daniel. I was so relieved to know he was a real person…

  14. katie March 10, 2014 / 10:03 pm

    So glad to hear he is settling in well now Tas! And so lovely that he has a little friend too 🙂 Love his first pic xxx
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  15. shahnaz March 10, 2014 / 10:42 pm

    Aaaaw bless, so nice to hear z is settling in and he has a little friend x so sweet
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  16. Rebecca March 12, 2014 / 9:08 am

    SO lovely he has made a friend and I’m sure it will help. It’s such a big step for everyone.
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  17. Nikki Thomas March 12, 2014 / 9:57 am

    Aw bless him, it is so easy to mix up names when they are little, I am always having to correct A. I’m so glad that he has settled in, I have no doubt that they save the tears for you just to make you feel that bit more guilty about leaving them. Winter is a lovely name too, really unusual.
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  18. Rocknrollerbaby March 12, 2014 / 10:25 am

    Great that you feel so confident leaving him at nursery and lovely that he has his new friend ‘Walter’! 🙂
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  19. Jennifer March 13, 2014 / 8:30 pm

    Lovely post! I’m glad that he’s settling in well. What a great picture, I’m the same with my favourite pieces of artwork that the little ones make, I keep special ones in my bedside drawer, it’s lovely to see how they’ve expressed their little personality!
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  20. Kim Carberry March 14, 2014 / 8:05 pm

    Aww bless!! Sounds like he’s settling in well…
    #PoCoLo
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  21. Sharon Smyth March 14, 2014 / 8:16 pm

    This post brought back memories! Sounds like you’ve got a great key worker 🙂
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  22. Mummy Whiskers March 14, 2014 / 10:36 pm

    It’s lovely when they make little friends, lovely post #PoCoLo

  23. Mummy Says March 16, 2014 / 3:34 am

    Aw how sweet. My two year old has a similar relationship with nursery but loves it when he is there. It is so sweet though to hear him talk about his friends. X
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  24. Bek March 18, 2014 / 1:08 pm

    I’m glad to hear that he is enjoying it, I bet that is a relief for you. It made me giggle about Walter. I know several children who do that and it cracks me up every time!
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