Emma’s first day of preschool went fantastically! Both kids did pretty well with getting up early (and I did, too). In fact, the morning went pretty smoothly! We arrived at Emma’s classroom and Emma hung her backpack up on her little hook and went to play like it was second nature to her. I actually had to chase her down for a hug and a kiss! To be fair, she did yell “‘Bye!” as she ran away… That counts, right?
I did fine, too. Of course it’s hard to leave your child at school for the first time, but when she’s SO ready and you have such great teachers to leave her with, it’s a LOT easier! Plus I had my little guy’s hand to hold all the way back to the van.That made everything better.
It wasn’t until we got back to the parking lot that Noah realized that Emma wasn’t coming with us… And he started bawling. Seriously – big alligator tears.
So we went to the park.I guess I just thought it might be nice to celebrate the first time in Noah’s life that he got some time alone with his Mama. Now THAT makes me tear up… I finally get some time to be with my little boy and make him the center of my world, even if it’s just for a few hours. It won’t be every time Emma’s at school of course, but he’s long overdue for some special time like that.
Fast forward to pick up time… I watch as all the other adorable children run to their moms and dads. I stand there with Noah waiting for Emma to come running… And as she comes through the door, she does run. But not to me. To the kids… I guess she just wasn’t done playing yet. I’m all for Emma enjoying school and making friends, but that moment was a little bittersweet.
After getting the kids into the van and I began to ask Emma about her day.
Me: “Did you have fun today?!”
Emma: “Yeah. It was Sebastian’s birthday. I will have one, too!”
Me: “That’s great! Did you play with the other kids?”
Me: “What did you play?”
Me: “Ok… What was your favorite thing that you did today?”
Emma: “We did a lot of stuff.”
Me: “Like what?”
Emma: “We played.” (She said this with the tone of: “Duh, Mom – what do you think we did?!”)
Me: trying not to laugh
Emma: clearly done discussing it “Can you turn the music on?”
So I did and settled for singing Hakuna Matata with my kiddos, watching Noah beam because his sister back, and seeing my little girl grow up a little.
What a wonderful day.
Here are the pictures from today!
We had a little trouble with holding the sign without blocking her face, but we got it eventually!
Hanging her backpack in her cubby!
“Showing me” her name tag…
This one was taken on my phone. I had already put my camera away so that I could comfort him.
The park seemed to make him feel better pretty quickly!
Once he had eaten enough dirt, we had to go home.
After school on our way back into the house, I snapped a few more.
Today is also Toby’s birthday! If you haven’t seen his birthday post, you can view it here. I just thought I’d mention it since I seldom post twice in one day and I don’t want anyone to miss the video I posted for Toby’s birthday!