Day two and first transit commute

Much to my relief PiElla did not get train/bus sick, unlike our carsick experiences of the day before. In fact, we had a wonderful commute in. We cuddled and chatted the whole way (“eye, yes that’s your eye. Eye, yes that’s Mama’s eye”). I felt so privileged. With busy toddler her and busy mama me, it feels like it has been more than a year since I spent a whole hour just being with PiElla, stroking her hair, looking into her eyes not having any agenda except to enjoy each other’s presence. It’s part of what I love about taking transit. It is often an opportunity to send some preciously rare unstructured, spontaneous, relaxed social time. Now I get to share that with my daughter two times a day.

School went great. I dropped her off in time for morning snack and picked her up after lunch. She had a wonderful time and wasn’t the least bit clingy. She’s taking to her new school like a duck to water, as they say (quack, quack, quack).

First day of school!

Today was PiElla’s first day in the toddler room at the Montessori based UW childcare center (just two blocks from my office). She’s very excited about “school” (a word she says with enthusiasm) and when we talked about the kids she played with today she signed for more. She’s fitting right in and the transition is off to a great start (minus getting spectacularly car sick both going and coming home – hopefully she fares better on the bus tomorrow!)