Aila's is now a preschooler! She's at the same school that Tesla was at with the same lovely teacher. First few days are just a few hours with mama. Then gradually, more hours, then without mama. She was fine the first few days, then clingy when I started dropping her off, but only 1 day of crying so far (Tesla had many!).
Below is a pic of Tesla on her first day (right), and Aila on her first full day without mama (left). Notice I got Aila to wear a similar outfit? But instead of blankie, she has her sister!
I knew she was ready, and as soon as she discovered all the toys and fun activities, she was happy. And I don't recall this with Tesla, but Aila seems quite interested in Japanese, and while she can't speak much, she will talk gibberish in Japanese-like sounds. And if I bring out a Japanese book, she'll identify it as "nihongo." Having both Aila's preschool and Tesla's elementary school constantly bring Japanese into their everyday makes a huge difference.
Aila proud of her cubby:
I know this school so well, and this year, I'm joining the board. I love so much the community they've created, and since T goes to their after school program, I am and will be tied to this organization for many years to come.
And now, 2 sisters will get ready for school together:
p.s. This transition also meant no longer having awesome Sarah as our nanny. She'll still babysit, but we will miss her dearly. Here is Sarah helping Aila get ready to go to one of the short preschool days. So precious.