So...when we ask Sophie what she did at school, she almost always answers, "I makey sad." Which means that she made a sad face. Heartbreaking, isn't it? But here's the deal...she really DID make a sad face (on a paper plate). She also made a happy face (on a paper plate that is hanging on our fridge). Is that one activity sticking out in her mind? Did she get such a great reaction the first time she said that (hugs and kisses and cupcakes) that she's just repeating the phrase every day?
I don't think she's sad at school When I drop her off, she doesn't cry anymore (although she sometimes wants to be held when we walk in the door) -- once she's on the ground, she marches to the fridge to put away her milk while I put Cowmoo in her cubby, and then she grabs my hand to walk outside to find her friends. When we pick her up, she's always laughing and playing and having a great time. The daily reports have the happy box checked every single day. (We had a couple of sad boxes at the beginning. We've not yet had fussy, but I think that is code for naughty or annoying.) All signs point to her being HAPPY at school, but still -- every day -- "What did you do at school today?" "I makey saaaaad."
Yesterday I asked her who she played with, and she quickly answered "Donavan." There's no Donavan in her class. Is this an older boy? An imaginary friend? I asked her if Miss Heather is nice, and she said, "Meees Hedda pretty." Well, that's something.