Yesterday was Boden's first day riding the school bus! He was so excited. He wanted to go out and wait for it long before it was time. It was a weird feeling putting my baby on a school bus - it's impossible to me that he is old enough. It's only the preschoolers on his bus and they have seat belts and a supervisor other than the driver, and they pick up/drop off at our driveway. Otherwise, I'm not sure I'd be so ok with it. We only live about 5 minutes from his school, so it's not a big deal to take him, except that I have to take the other two little ones with me and get them in and out of the car to take him into school and pick him up. and pick up is in the middle of naptime. So, we are all pretty excited about the bus! :)
He came home yesterday feeling like such a big kid. He got to sit next to one of his classmates and talk and play. The only disappointment was that he had to get off so quickly - he is one of the first stops.
Today he was all ready with his lunch packed, his backpack on, and his bus tag around his neck, standing at the end of the driveway. We saw the bus coming, prayed about his day at school, and then right as he is about to get on he says he has to go potty...like, really bad. I definitely did not want him to have an accident, so no way I can tell him to wait until he gets there. And the bus can't wait. I told the driver to go on and that I would bring him to school.
Poor Boden, he was devastated. I had no idea he was SO excited about the bus. I knew he wanted to ride it, but he was really, really upset. So upset I wasn't sure I could get him calmed down enough to go into class. He kept saying things like:
"just call the bus driver and have her come back for me"
"I can't go to school if I don't go on the bus"
I can't calm down, I NEED to ride the bus!"
I tried calming him down by talking about how he gets to ride the bus home and how he can ride the bus tomorrow. And, at least he still gets to go to preschool today and he will still see all his friends, and how fun that mama gets to take him today. He wasn't having it.
On the way to school he kinda calmed down and then he got upset again because "I can't pretend this is the school bus because it isn't yellow!", "This isn't the same road that the bus takes to school!", "my whole day is ruined now" and "but I don't wanna go through this door because when I come in the bus I go through a different door", and "but now I don't get to walk in a line with my friends!"
We did finally make it into school and I dropped my little guy with red rimmed eyes off at his class. I told the teacher what had happened, just in case he has a hard day. But, I'm hoping once he saw his friends and started playing he'll forget all about it.
I did have a hard time not laughing and smiling at some of the things he was saying (like that my van wasn't yellow so it wasn't like the bus), but I felt bad for him too. While I know that in the scheme of things, this is not a big deal, but to him, today, it was HUGE! It was so not his fault that he didn't remember to go potty - at barely 4 I'm pretty sure that's still my responsibility to remind him to go before he leaves the house. But, I think he learned a few things today. We talked about not letting something bad ruin your whole day, and how he can still have a good day even though it didn't go the way he planned. We repeated "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" several times until I finally got him to crack a smile. And I'm pretty sure I won't have to remind him to go potty before the bus comes again...