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Pre-School Introduction Sweden Age 1 inskolningTomorrow nursery.

How did we get here?

How is this little little man supposed to be at nursery?

How is the time I just spent at home supposed to be enough?

Not knowing if I want what lies ahead.


Pre-School Introduction Sweden Age 1 inskolningFirst day.

Three days of going through the loops side by side.


Taking in his surroundings.

Checking every corner and item that caught his eye.


Happy & content.

Up on the little slide. Again. Then with a ball.

Pre-School Introduction Sweden Age 1 inskolningCrash!

Up on the slide again.

Smashing glass at lunch! …There’s a reason we use plastic at home.

Asleep on his little mattress.

Twisted up in his blanket.

…That was the hardest.

Who’s going to kiss his cheek next week?

Pre-School Introduction Sweden Age 1 inskolningWho’s going to stroke his head?


Both hands full.

Made it through the day.

Falling asleep on the bike, before we’re out the gate!


Second day.

Pre-School Introduction Sweden Age 1 inskolningDiscovered the taxi!

The play kitchen.

Youngest ones are interesting.

No time for the older.

Big sister?

Not a glance!

One little one crying. Crying more.

Pre-School Introduction Sweden Age 1 inskolningMy heart is torn.

He might be ready.

I’m not!

Nap time.

Coffee and tears.


Third day.

Pre-School Introduction Sweden Age 1 inskolningBig sister & bike rides.

Back to the taxi.

Jealous for my attention.

Will a hurtled car hurt someone?

Book love.

Who cares about pasta?

Olives, olives, olives.

Pre-School Introduction Sweden Age 1 inskolningDon’t move the toy kitchen.

Nap time…


Sand pit and spades.


Fourth day.

Making it alone.

Pre-School Introduction Sweden Age 1 inskolningBye bye little one…

Not a flinch.

I walked. I listened.


Pictures to my phone, 5 times.

A content moment between tears?

In the taxi!

Introduction Sweden Age 1 inskolningEating.



We made it!


The weekend.

Let’s take it a day at a time.
My Word of the Week: ACCLIMATIZATION! 

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  1. They really do grow up way too fast don’t they? Buba starts two days at nursery now and I don’t know what it was like to just take care of one baby now. It will definitely be different. I bet your little one will learn and grow so much at nursery its so great for them and for mommies too to gain some of their other roles back like being a daughter, wife, girlfriend, friend, workers, person in their own right. lol Whatever it may be. such a beautiful post. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round! #sharewithme

    • I hope your nursery start is going well! It is strange to just suddenly be home with one… It’s a shock to suddenly have all that time to just look at them playing, without the competition for your attention. And a shock to be reminded again how little the older child is, when you see them in comparison to older kids at nursery <3

    • So true! …I definitely cried more than him!! Tear drops in my coffee.
      They do all get on well, eventually …The ride for some is easier than the ride for others <3

  2. This is a beautiful post, Steph. Perfectly capturing that first week, and it sounds like it all went well. But why would they use glasses?! Hope he continues to love it x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  3. What a lovely poem to mark such a big milestone. My youngest starts nursery next week. I am nervous but he is very excited #familyfriday

    • September is definitely strange new ground for mothers, nursery, pre-school, school, high-school, college, university… What are we going to do with ourselves!! 🙂

  4. Sounds like a success to me. I hope he continues to enjoy it. Agree with Sara. It probably is more painful for us than them. Another milestone to enjoy and cross off the list.

  5. Such a big step, but it is probably bigger for you than him. Both my boys started nursery when they were six months, and to be honest, it didn’t seem to phase them at all! A small part of me wished they’d missed me more, but mostly I was just happy that they loved it so much 🙂 A settling in week sounds like a great idea. I love the way you wrote this x

    • Thank you lovely!
      I’m always amazed how different these little ones are. Where their development is at, and their personalities… A few months here or there can make a huge difference for how those first few weeks at nursery go.

      There’s a lot of pressure here that they all start in September – that’s when places open up at the nurseries, and unless you don’t mind which one your little one gets allocated to, that’s when you need to start.

      Yours started at 6 months… And they’re well rounded, wonderful kids… We don’t always see the forest for the trees when we’re stood in the middle of it 😉

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