Today was this cute little dude's very first day of preschool! He was SO excited! Last week we went to the open house and met his teacher -- I took pictures of the room, the toys, the playground, and his teacher, and have been showing them to him every day since, and talking about it. I think it helped him know what to expect a little better. And last night he had a father's blessing from Steve -- it was tender and special. Gray gave him a huge hug afterward and said "Thank you, Daddy. I love you, Daddy." He seemed much calmer after the blessing, and was so excited for the next day. So when I dropped him off today, he just went right up to his teacher and said "Hi Miss Jill! I got a present for you! SURPRISE!" and gave her the apple in the apple cozy I made her. She said "Oh, Grayson, thank you! Can I have a hug?" And he just ran right to her and hugged her. Then he took her hand and walked right into the classroom -- only looked back at me once and said "Bye, Mom!". If you know Gray at all, you know this is a big deal. He nearly ALWAYS has a meltdown in new places/situations and in large groups. I was so proud of him. Oh, and I'm quite proud of myself for not crying, either :) I don't know if he had a hard time once he was there, but I didn't get a call from the teacher, and he was still super happy and excited when I picked him up. He went on and on about the book they read ("Monster was happy. Then Monster was sad. THEN, Monster was maaaaaaaad."), and the toys they played with, and the song they sang ("tra-la-la-la-la"). He even got to make a visor with a sticker of an iguanadon on it -- like his hair today (he thinks the spike in his hair looks like an iguanadon sail). I think it was a success! He can't wait to go back in a few days! Here's hoping the excitement lasts.