First day back at school for our princess, for that matter 3/4 of the tribe. Although this year has proven a bit trickier, more thought-out and planned the day itself was uneventful. The day started for Jenna at 5am and she was dressed and packed by 5:30am, breakfast at 6am and then the next 2 hours was a painfully long countdown until the we left for school. There was one spanner in the works, Miss 12 started her first day a high school. Not one to share the spotlight Jenna was a little puzzled why our normal 30 second drive to school (those green friendly friends out there I’m sorry, it’s just easier to drive) had to be detoured 5km and 15 mins to wave good-bye and comfort some “high school nerves.”

Miss 12 ready for high school

So the 8am drop of deadline passed, (mind you still 50mins early for school)  I tried to explain that it was not going to be met, and the nerves, brotherly love was not helping her pass the time.

This was the 6am Instagram post by my “big grade 5” princess .

But we made it to school, found her brothers classroom, then Jen’s.  Then came what I was waiting for, a nervous but ‘cool’ wave good-by gave me the cue to get out of there. The hard work paid off…. Jenna’s teacher already knew her name, triggers already aware because of a impromptu meeting days before and a ‘magic’ letter handed to school to gain extra supports. 3pm came around quickly and I got stuck at the traffic lights (2mins 15seconds late) almost , almost done…… Quick diversion to her special interest and back in track, quick chat and change clothes x2 and headed to gymnastics Jenna’s world has gone back to some kind of normality. Just to prove it, it’s 8:15pm and the first time in 6weeks I have a beverage in hand, TV show on and a sleeping princess. Routine, it’s true bliss.