The time has come, my baby is finally off to nursery school! Ruby has been home by my side for the last two years. I feel so lucky to have had this time one on one with her, I honestly wouldn’t change a thing. It has meant I haven’t had to rush her off to care before she’s been developmentally ready (code red clinger this one), and has also been so great for my other children, getting them easily from school to sports, play dates, home to a home cooked dinner has been an absolute treat for our family after years of both of us juggling full time work as well as the commitments of a young family. Not to say we didn’t enjoy that too, we did! I did, and part of me misses my full time job, the ‘me’ time, the adult conversations, the feeling you get after a big win, a successful presentation, I really loved a lot of aspects about working in an office environment. But I also love this, so much, and honestly we have not looked back, not once.
HOWEVER, working from home. woweeeee it’s a thing. A great thing. But also a really hard thing. I only dabble, so at the start it wasn’t so bad, those two long glorious naps each day left a total of up to 5 hours I could work on freelance projects. The second year…not so easy. Shorter naps, and much more interaction required. Gone are the days where Ruby would babble away in a bouncer while I tapped away at emails and editing. All I can say is, GOD BLESS PLAYSCHOOL! ha ha! But what’s that like 25 minutes? Feels like 5! Squeezing 5 hours of work into a half an hour window…not so achievable. Which brings us here! She’s off! In just two short weeks Ruby is starting at the same Nursery School (ELC) that her brother and sister went to when they were her age. For the first 18 months of Ruby’s life she had terrible separation anxiety. Basically wouldn’t go to anyone, like ever. But a few months ago this all changed. She literally just, detached! Miss social at birthday parties, making all the friends at the park, you wouldn’t recognise my once clingy babe in arms.
The timing could not have been better. She is so ready. Having waved off and greeted her siblings day in day out for the last 24 months at the classroom door, Ruby is completely clued in to what school is all about. So last week we bustled off to Target to treat her to a few ‘school’ things of her own to get her all excited. She already has a back pack, but we’ve just hit that joyous phase of pink EVERYTHING. It all has to be pink! So that was the first thing she laid eyes on, an all pink back pack in just the right size for a two year old. And as for the rest….. WOWEE did target get this collection right or what? I feel like I should have designed this back to school collection myself. Watermelon errrthang! And pineapple, and banana. I mean how’s that oversized banana pencil case!? Super great quality too. Half of this stuff has already been snuffled by her older sister for her own stationary stash for this year. But at these amazing prices, I think I’ll just grab some more. Our favourite would have to be the Monster Lunch Box sets. Complete with watermelon drink bottles and the perfect sized lunch boxes for little snacks, I had to get one of each colour! Ruby isn’t a sandwich girl, she’s all about the bits and pieces. Cut up fruit and veg, boiled eggs, poached chicken, maybe some rice crackers, cheese, these are her daily staples. So many options to fit these in here, especially love the waste free yoghurt mover. Keeps it cool all day and heaps of room to top with berries. Ruby has used it every day this week just at home! Meanwhile, shhhhh. I so want a watermelon drink bottle for ME! Naturally could not resist a little outfit too, that watermelon tee. I die! So many cute things, the great hard wearing quality we have all come to know and love at Target, combined with these totally on trend styles, we will so be back!
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