Sunday, January 11, 2009

First Day of Nursery

Today was that hallowed day that all LDS parents await so anxiously, the first day of nursery. In LDS congregations world-wide, kids can attend the nursery during Sunday School once they turn 18 months old. (Before that, their parents have to schlep them around to their own classes. Cute when they're little, less cute when they're 17 1/2 months old and make known their preference to be the one up front talking.)
So here's how it went. I dropped him off on my way to Primary, where I lead the music. Since he's the only kid between 18 months and 3 years old, there are no other kids in the nursery. So I had to leave him with a really nice lady that he didn't know and no other kids. He wasn't happy. He cried. A lot. He clung to me more than I can ever recall him clinging. I was flattered and then callously walked out.
One hour later, Kevin checked in on him. Kevin says he saw Stellan cowering in the corner in hysterics. (The nursery lady said he was fine.) Then Stellan saw Daddy and nursery time was over, despite the fact that there was really still another 40 minutes. Oh well.
Needless to say, we'll all be happier when Elsa turns 18 months in February.


Amanda said...

It took Lillian a few weeks, maybe two months before she was OK with nursery. Good luck!

Jess said...

yeah, it just needs a little adjustment, then he'll pull a Brem and not even bother to acknowledge you as you desperately try to get him to wave back at you when you are leaving. It does feel a little rough at first though.

Grampa Steward said...

Will they let Grampa in the nursery when he comes to visit?

Patrick and Leigh said...

Adapting to nursery is a process-a complex & unpredictable one...he'll being running into nursery in no time (and having his best girl in there won't hurt!) Ha! and you don't have a callous bone in your body! Oh, did I tell you I'm a nursery leader now?