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First Day of School

Well, it’s not really school, just Mother’s Day Out, but we’re calling it school.  And Cooper loves to go to ‘cool.’ He goes Tuesday and Thursday from 9 to 2.  The first day, he didn’t really understand why I wanted to take his picture before school.  I ended up chasing him around the house with the camera.  Getting into mischief, as usual.

His teacher says he does great and loves to sing and dance to the music.  He helps put things away when it’s time to go.  He seems excited when I ask him if he is ready to go back to school, so I think this is going to be a good thing.  The only thing that is not ideal is the nap situation.  Cooper usually goes down for his nap around 1:30 and sleeps for about 2-3 hours.  At school, nap-time is from 11:45 to 1:30.  So far, he has only slept for about 30 minutes each day and the evenings are pretty rough.  Looks like we’re just going to have to go to bed early after school.  I tried putting him down around 3ish on Tuesday to see if he would take another nap, but no luck.  Oh well.  We’ll get used to it.

I found out the Thursday before school started on Tuesday, that I needed to get Cooper a nap mat.  Do you know how hard it is to find a nap mat, without spending a ton of money?  I ended up making one for him and I think it turned out pretty cute.  I found some cute choo-choo (go figure) fabric at Walmart with a coordinating quilted fabric that I made into a blanket.  I bought a full size piece of batting and folded it over several times and made a cover with the fabric.  Then I took some black ribbon and sewed it into a trifold seam on the napmat, so that when folded, the velcro on the ribbon holds the mat closed.  Not bad for no pattern and little time, huh?  I did end up spending about $30 on it.  But when you look at the ones online selling for $50, I don’t think I did a bad job.

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