Monday, February 6, 2012

A not so SMOOTH(ie) transition for Mommy!!!

I feel like a complete goob for not posting in five days, but in my own defense I have had a pretty hectic (yet exciting) past five days. I am THRILLED  to announce that we have finally enrolled McKinlee into "Big Girl School" (as we like to call it instead of "daycare"). I dropped her off for her first day this morning before heading into work. She is in no way a fan of mornings, so I was not surprised at all when she refused to wake up at 7:00 this morning. I tried tickling, kissing, STANDING HER UP ON THE FLOOR (which resulted in her SCREAMING and CRYING lying with half of her body on the bed and the other half dangling on the floor). She refused to take her medicine, cried the entire way there, and wanted me to carry her in the door to the school (which is very UNLIKE her to want to hug/hold me...she is not a very affectionate child). I thought for sure she would not want me to leave her there! So I put her things in her cubby with her right by my side, spoke with her teacher for a few minutes, and then walked down the hall to the room where all of the children who had been dropped off so far were playing. Before opening the door, I turned to McKinlee and said, "This is it big girl! Time for your first day at Big Girl School!" She buried her head in my shoulder and whined. I put her down on the floor and started to open the door to the room and before I could get the door open enough to where she could fit through, she squeezed through it and ran in and immediately starting playing with the others like I had just disappeared! I was amazed! I knew that she would not have a HARD time (like some kids who scream, "NNNNNNNOOOOOOOO, Mommy...don't leave me here!!!!!"), but I never imagined she would have an EASY time with it all. I was thinking somewhere in between---silly me, huh?

Well, I got out to the car and realized that I forgot to take a picture of her playing at school on her first day, so I hurried back in. When I opened the door to the classroom, I saw her crying her eyes out. I asked the teacher if she was upset because I left (now, in the back of my mind I am wanting the teacher to say, "Yes. She ran to the door and did not want you to leave"), but instead she replied, "No, she just got hit by another child because she took his toy." WHHHHHHAAATTTT???????!!!!!!!! That killed my heart. It's kind of reverse from the way you would think I would feel. I should be excited and proud that my little girl adjusts so well to school and doesn't cling to me like annoying plastic wrap, but I am completely devastated that she didn't care at all! Needless to say, my 30-minute ride to work was occupied by tears and phone calls to my husband and momma.

This is one of the emotionally hardest things I have had to go through with McKinlee thus far. Letting go of my baby and allowing her to grow up and learn new things from someone other than myself or her family is VERY HARD! I know that it is a great move for her to be a part of a social environment, so I am content with our decision to enroll her now. The best part about the "BGS" is that it is a CHRISTIAN-BASED facility. They have bible studies every day, and everything they teach has a splash of our Lord with it. Take for example, they have a new letter every week. They print out the letter, have the kids color it however they want to, and then they go over words that start with this letter. If the letter is "A", they relate it to Noah's Ark because ark begins with an "A". They tell the story of Noah leading the animals to the ark two by two, and they sing songs about it too. It is a GREAT facility, so I could not be any more pleased with our decision!!

In the spirit of children, I'll post a FUN and HEALTHY recipe for kids (adults too!!):

Yogurt Smoothies

  • 1 banana
  • 2 8oz. containers of yogurt (any flavor, really)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 pint strawberries or blueberries or peaches...YOU PICK! I would definitely make sure to use the same flavor of yogurt, of course. But add the banana in any flavor! IT IS GREAT!
  1. Clean and wash the strawberries and make sure they are dry. Peel the banana and slice it into smaller pieces.
  2. Place the fruit into a blender.
  3. Add yogurt into the blender with the fruit. Pour in the milk.
  4. Blend it on the puree level for approximately 2 minutes or until smooth. Makes roughly 32 ounces
  1. To make this into a frozen snack, pour the mixture into a mold or cups and insert a popsicle stick.
  2. Freeze for 4-6 hours, run container under warm water and serve.
                                                       Makes 6 to 8 popsicles
Hope everyone has a GREAT


  1. I do not know what happened there at the end of this post, but it is supposed to finish off with, "Hope everyone has a GREAT Monday!" LOL! Thanks for reading, girlies!

  2. I also forgot to mention, if you like the texture of an slushie you can add ice to the mixture above. I do not recommend adding ice to the mixture if you are going to make the popsicles, but for the smoothies ice is a GREAT add-in!

  3. I think a lot of Mom's have a harder time letting their babies go than the babies themselves!! I hope it gets better for YOU! :) And by the way, add some spinach leaves in your smoothies if you want to get some veggies in. SO good for you and you can't taste them at all!!

    1. Yes! Spinach leaves are a great addition. I love veggies, but this may come in handy to pull a "mommy" trick on McKinlee. Thanks for the idea! Letting go is tough, but it is just one of those things us mommies have to do! She had a great first day btw! ;)


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