We have now been in Costa Rica one week. The time has flown! We 'moved' into our new house in Puerto Viejo on a Saturday and on Monday morning we introduced Grunter and Whoop Whoop to their new school. That day we stayed a couple of hours and they were very happy. This was most surprising as Grunter had not let go of my hand in days... (it seemed). Within a minute of so of entering the school, he dropped my hand to investigate some blocks. I was shocked and so relieved.
The next day we came at 8am and stayed around 10 minutes before leaving. Grunter was fine, but W2 had a meltdown about 2 hours into the day and they called us to come get him. Thankfully, we are just down the road and can quickly return. Grunter probably would've been fine, but of course when he saw mommy it was all over!
Their second full day, they did great and attended the entire school day 8am-12pm!
They even ate their 'snack' of lentils with onions and tumeric (they have never eaten lentils for me).
Unfortunately, the 12pm time is a bit too late for their body clocks and they are waking much earlier here--the sun rises, the howler monkeys hoot and a million birds wake up right outside our windows at 5:30am.
When I put them down for a nap too late, they miss their 'sweet spot' and simply are too worked up to sleep. Yesterday was one of those days:(
When they miss a nap, it affects their nighttime sleep and everything falls apart. This morning, W2 woke up at FOUR a.m. We brought him into bed with us thinking he'd crash out, but it never happened. Grunter woke up at 5:30 and we strapped them into the Ergos and walked the beach looking for crabs and admiring the crashing waves.
By the time it was ready to go to school, W2 was a nutcase, but we went. I knew today they wouldn't make it a full day, so I've arranged to come get them at 10am and put them down for an early (hopefully very, very long) nap!
The little school is simply amazing. We are so lucky they are letting the twins attend for this month. It's so good for them to be independent and well, good for the mommies, too!
When they come inside from playing they wash their hands and feet and then put on lotion and clean clothes before it's time to go home. For the prices of preschools in Manhattan, it should include foot rubs as well! I wish we had something a little like this available--for $160 a month!
Here is a sample of the school: