Okay, so I’m going to skip some of the other posts that should be chronologically before this post,
because this post needs to be done pronto.
Thanks for understanding… and not judging.
After back-to-school shopping,
(where Aidan picked the most hideous Transformers backpack even though he had asked for a Batman one for the past couple of months, and being the good mommy that I am, let him get it, even though I would’ve preferred a nice LL Bean, Pottery Barn, or Eddie Bauer bookbag… run-on sentence, much?),
and School Orientations,
Aidan at R.E. Lee
and Kaia at Hazelwild…
It was time for the first day of school…
Orrrrr… so I thought!
Apparently, the “Eastquake” that we had on Tuesday had other plans for us…
so instead of starting on Wednesday…
we made it all the way to the bus stop at Grammy’s house before we realized that school wouldn’t start until TOMORROW.
It was good practice.
And it gave me the opportunity to make these signs
for the real
first day of school that I found on Pinterest.
They weren’t on quality cardstock like the ones on Pinterest, but they got the job done.
After pictures, it was time to head on over to the bus stop where we were greeted by Grandma, Grammy, and Aunt Kricky for the big day!
*Transformers backpack = shudder*
My big guy was excited…
and maybe a little nervous.
And Mommy may have felt the same way.
Then we heard that roaring engine, the same one I remembered from when I was in school.
And my smart, brave little man read the number on the side of that bus,
and knew it was his.
He walked right up those steps and never looked back.
This is where Mommy fought back the lump in her throat, because I didn’t want to upset Aidan or the girls.
He introduced himself to his bus driver, Ms. Adair.
And sat in the second row by the window to wave to us…
And the girls were sad to see him go.
And so was Mommy.
But it was only minutes until Kaia realized it was her turn to go to school.
She. was. ready.
… and waiting…
She walked right into her building and hung her backpack and snack bag on her own special hook…
… and she walked around that class like she OWNED it…
… and didn’t even stop so Mommy could get a picture of her brave girl.
She wasn’t scared.
She wasn’t nervous.
She was EXCITED.
And that made Mommy swell with pride.
I was so worried that she would not be able to handle not having her big brother or little sister with her.
She’s always had them by her side.
She doesn’t remember life without them both.
She’s been perfectly sandwiched by love… 14 months older and 14 months younger than her.
I will never underestimate my little girl again.
She can do so much more than I gave her credit for.
So I gave her a hug, and told her to have a great day at school and “to be a good friend.,” and we left.
After dropping Kaia off at school, I got to spend the rest of the day with my littlest peanut.
Rather than crying all day,
like I planned on doing,
I dealt the best way I knew how-
Addi and I went shopping.
Then we had Addi’s 3-year well visit appointment,
where she measured at 31 lbs. and 37″ tall.
She’s in the 50th percentile for weight and height- “a perfect cube”…
and completely different than her brother and sister who were always off the charts and
“perfect concrete blocks.”
All day, I thought about how Aidan and Kaia were doing at school,
what subjects they were studying,
if they were making friends…
I wanted to be a fly on the wall…
or stand behind a two-way mirror so I could watch the whole thing…
in a non-creepy, non-helicopter parent kind of way.
By the time we finished, Kaia was already back from her first day of school.
She LOVED it.
I took the girls home for lunch and rest,
then it was time to go get Aidan off of the bus.
Here it comes!
… here HE comes!
MY BABY! MY BABY IS HOME!
The first thing he said was that he got to play on the playground at recess.
… and even though he was sweating, he refused to unbutton that top button or take his shirt off and just wear the t-shirt that he had on underneath.
My son is a CLASSY Kindergartener.
At the end of the long day,
after spending most of it apart from each other for the first time,
this is how I found my kids winding down with a little t.v. after dinner…
They couldn’t be closer.
And now that we are on Day 4 of school…
I can say…
Aidan can’t tell me the names of the other kids in his class,
but he can tell me all about recess and the monkey bars.
Aidan has already worn the same shirt TWICE.
Kaia can’t stop talking about Mrs. Lee…
whenever she makes up a name for one of her dolls, it’s “Miss Lee.”
Aidan wanted to go to school on Saturday…
how long will THAT last?
Kaia had fun filling out her homework this weekend with Mommy.
It was an “All About Me” worksheet.
She says, “She wants to be a Princess when she grows up.”
And that her favorite thing about school is “the kitchen.”
Aidan thinks that the girl that he sits with on the school bus is PRETTY.
Kaia loves showing us what she’s made and learned in class.
This week they are learning about the letter “A” and she brought home an Alligator mask that she made.
It’s true what they say, “A mother is only as happy as her children.”
This Mommy is happy.