When the summer started I was worried about how Lynden was going to do with preschool starting in just a few short months. He's a pretty shy kid, which leads to a lot of clingyiness to people he does know.
Granted, we are to blame, since we don't expose him enough to new people and situations.
In June Lynden was afraid of loud noises, scared to go in water, wouldn't talk to new people (unless you played with him), not comfortable exploring new places, among some other hesitations. Alyssa, on the other hand, has no problems with trying anything.
Now, it's September and Lynden is a whole new kid.
Loud noises are not nearly as scary. He now tries to figure out what the sound might be.
Water? No problem! We go to the lake and he's itching to splash around. He loves running through the sprinkler or hose. He thinks it's funny when daddy splashed him at the pool.
He's more comfortable around new people. Like me, he's shy at first but once he's okay with his surroundings he's chatty and social. A great example was the long weekend we had a BBQ at a cousin's place, there were a lot of people we didn't know. During dinner Alyssa was getting cranky so I decided to take her home and gave Lynden the option to come with us or stay. He opted to stay, which is a big deal for him. As we were leaving Lynden was talking to a woman with a baby, who's name was also Lynden (I don't the know the exact spelling). I later heard he talked to her for quite a while.
Again, once he's comfortable with what's around him he's good to go. At the water park we take him to he's perfectly good to play on his own, which he's never really done before. (It's a nice treat for us to not have to walk around the park the whole time). The biggest one for me was when we went to the Island and had a quick bite to eat at McDonalds. Lynden actually played in the play area, which he's never done before (and hasn't since).
He's more observant, his memory is incredible, and his imagination keeps blossoming.
I know have no concerns about him starting preschool and being away from us for a few hours a week.
It's truly amazing to see how 3 short months have changed my little boy into such a big boy.