First Day of School (this is where I get kinda sappy)

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It is done, and I wept like a little baby! My little Caleb, who is a jokester while still extremely sensitive, started Kindergarten last week.

I was completely fine doing the walk down to the bus stop. I think I just didn’t let it hit me. He stepped up on the bus. I got all the necessary pictures to scrapbook. The tears welled up inside my eyes and my heart. But, I was fine.

I was completely fine walking into his school for the in-class orientation on his first day. When I arrived, he was coloring at his table like a perfect student. He sat around the circle with the teacher’s assistant while his teacher gave us the run down of the day. I would catch a glimpse of his studious behavior, and I was perfectly fine.

I was more than fine with all of these activities taking place in the classroom. His teacher announced to the boys and girls that parents were leaving and to run give us all kisses. Caleb comes over to me with crocodile TEARS and he was clearly NOT fine. I kissed his little hand and assured him that he would have the best day. Caleb’s tears dried up and he ran back to story time.

I was all good and fine UNTIL I got in the van to leave the school. That’s when it hit me: another one of our babies is now a Kindergarten student. I was so emotional and just wept! I was clearly NOT fine!!!

As much as I was excited for Caleb and our older son, T, to start school this Fall, I already miss them a LOT! Of course, I don’t miss the yelling at them for fighting with each other, the nagging on them to pick up after themselves or the grumbling about them constantly wanting to be entertained.

As their mother, there is so much to miss about them. Our sweet conversations, the proud moments when they master something with determination, the most beautiful faces and eyes to see when I look up (after I was nagging I’m sure). I love seeing that every single day (when they aren’t fighting, of course ;)!

While I may not see them in the act of mastering a new subject, I know they will be OK. Knowing that in my heart makes me proud despite the sadness of knowing they are growing up. It is life and we will all be totally fine.

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One other thing I will add is one of the bright parts of my day (before I lost it). This sweet little girl who was in maybe 2nd grade, walked past me and said “I really like your dress!” I just smiled and thanked her – I got validation from a little princess that my dress was cute ;) With a house full of boys, you don’t always get a dress compliment. Little girls are so sweet!!

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Caleb First Day
Andon waiting for the bus too – Caleb’s first bus ride – T’s first day pic starting 5th grade!

Caleb 1st Day 2
Caleb sitting in the reading circle – US – My little student!

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by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on September 04, 2009

65 Comments

  • Jules - September 04, 2009 @ 1:45 pm
    1

    What a handsome little guy! My oldest is only four but will be going to preschool four mornings this year which will be a big change! In one year, I’ll be in your shoes! :(

  • Amy - September 04, 2009 @ 1:46 pm
    2

    Our school year, so far, has started out smooth. No hickups or bumps in the road.

  • Jessica Turner - September 04, 2009 @ 1:59 pm
    3

    I have been really emotional – not so much about Elias, but about his teachers. We have been clashing and just not loving each other (to say the least). We are having a little meeting this afternoon that I am praying will get us off to a better start. Thankfully, they love Elias.

  • Bridgett - September 04, 2009 @ 2:10 pm
    4

    My youngest son started his first day of Kindgergarten and I did not get to share it with him. I thought I would be doing the happy dance with all of my freedom but that is not the case. I am very blessed to have friends to take videos and pictures so I can watch the excitement of getting on the big yellow bus for the first time. I am with you Andrea!! I was not fine either!

  • Sarah - September 04, 2009 @ 2:14 pm
    5

    I lost it when i dropped my sixth grader off for his first day of middle school. He was determined to walk in without me, but I could see him walking with a worried and lost look on his face. It was the hardest thing in the world to force myself to drive away and wait the hours to find out how his day had gone. When he came home, he told me that middle school was the best. :)

  • Kasey - September 04, 2009 @ 2:47 pm
    6

    I don’t have anyone starting school, but I have to confess that I am getting a little emotional about all the stories I am hearing! I have felt a tear come more than once.

  • Jenny from Mommin' It Up - September 04, 2009 @ 2:55 pm
    7

    He is such a cutie!! I’m right there with ya!

  • mandy - September 04, 2009 @ 3:08 pm
    8

    My 2 oldest kids, 8 and 6 went back to school last week. As we live across the street from the school, they did not want to be walked over, but just waved and said goodbye. Since I didn’t go to the school, it wasn’t as hard to say goodbye. Next year will be harder as my baby starts kindergarten!

  • Jessica S - September 04, 2009 @ 3:19 pm
    9

    I don’t have a little one of my own yet, but I am a teacher so it is always interesting to see the ways different parents react. Also, the first day of school is always a challenge because you never know what kind of class you will get.

  • Jeff @ Upromise - September 04, 2009 @ 3:21 pm
    10

    Hey Andrea, nice to read your post and hear that you’re in the same boat. My daughter also started kindergarten yesterday. Big day for us as well. First school bus ride…a big deal and a very exciting time. I’ll be fine with this until she reaches first grade!

  • Suzy - September 04, 2009 @ 3:26 pm
    11

    My first and only went to kindergarten this year. I started to get teary when I dropped her off in the classroom, but I held it together. I saw a momma with lots of tattoos crying on her way out which made me feel tough, ha ha!

  • Connie R. - September 04, 2009 @ 3:34 pm
    12

    My youngest son is a senior in high school this year. The first day of school is the beginning of the end of high school………….yikes! I have a feeling the end of school will be more dramatic this year for me than the beginning.

  • Sheila - September 04, 2009 @ 3:34 pm
    13

    My youngest has not started school yet but my first grader sounds a lot like your sweet boy. Mine is sensitive, full of life, brilliant (OK, that’s my point of view), funny, and has the biggest, deepest dimples on both cheeks that you’ve ever seen! I love his hugs and I knew I’d miss him but was OK with it all. I dropped my third grader off and blew her kisses. I was shocked to see her blow them back. sigh.

    As I turned to walk my first grader to his class line he suddenly grabbed onto my leg with ALL his might and burst into tears. I didn’t know what to do and my heart just sank. He’s my outgoing, never met a stranger kid and he’s NEVER (not even as an infant) had separation issues. I saw him sit in his line and hold his head in his hands. My mommy heart was breaking and I knew if I didn’t leave right away I’d grab him up and take him home.

    As soon as I left the school the tears came. I thought about both kids ALL day and the day seemed to inch by second by second. It was all I could do but wait and pray that they would both have a good day.

    While I waited I made a Welcome Home sign on the door, planned a party for their first day, had shaving cream ready for them to play with, and made a special sweet treat just for them.

    To my great surprise both of my children were ALL smiles when I picked them up in the carpool line. I gave them each a HUGE hug and told them how much I missed them. My son asked me if I cried because I missed him and when I said yes, his dimples could have been seen for miles.

  • Tracey - September 04, 2009 @ 3:42 pm
    14

    My little one isn’t in school yet so I’ve got one more year before he begins a 2-3 day per week preschool program. I’m sure the first day will be difficult for both of us.

  • Barb - September 04, 2009 @ 4:01 pm
    15

    Ah, you made me tear up!

  • Susan Hackney - September 04, 2009 @ 4:02 pm
    16

    My youngest son started Middle School and my oldest son started High School. I am having a hard time with both of those milestones. Plus my beautiful daughter is in 8th grade and is 13, which is a hard age. So far the school year itself is going fine. I just hope it stays this way.

  • Lisa - September 04, 2009 @ 4:02 pm
    17

    The start of school for us means not seeing the kids as much as we did in the summer because now we only get them on weekends, so it’s heart breaking in it’s own way. Hopefully soon though!

  • charlene canfield - September 04, 2009 @ 4:03 pm
    18

    Well, my son started August 17th and we both feel like he has been back forever. He has had some problems but nothing I consider big.. I had to put him in private school as he was not getting what he needed. So “you do what you have to do” it is a big change for him. He is now in a class size of 9 and that is 5th & 6th grades. But they are very strict. “Christian school” He told me today.. I can’t even wear my Harry Potter shirt. Boy time flys. Your kids are handsome.

  • Rhonda - September 04, 2009 @ 4:34 pm
    19

    My oldest son started middle school this year. It felt like the first day od kindergarden all over again. Next yearmy youngest will start and I am already dreading having to let him go.

  • Angel S. - September 04, 2009 @ 4:45 pm
    20

    With summer football practices we have had a crazy summer. I can’t believe school starts next week. Um, I am an unorganized mess, but if I win I will send myself an encouragement card!

  • Sandra Dee - September 04, 2009 @ 4:48 pm
    21

    Hi Andrea,

    I just wanted to express how much I enjoy reading your posts about your experiences as a Mom. I cannot wait to become a Mom and reading your stories gives me a glimpse into the wonderful world of Motherhood. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through you! :)

  • Kandi - September 04, 2009 @ 4:56 pm
    22

    I didn’t cry too much. It didn’t really hit me until I was back in the van and driving home. I only shed a few tears though because I needed to be all smiles Mommy by the time I got home to my 2 smaller ones. I didn’t want them to think Mommy was upset about Audrey starting school.

  • campbellkids - September 04, 2009 @ 4:59 pm
    23

    wonderful moment in your son’s life!

    my advice is this~share a small token with your child to be placed in his pocket/in his pencil box/in his backpack~this way when a “I miss mommy” moment arrives a touch of home is near and dear! for my oldest, we taped a family snapshot to the inside of his pencil box. for my middle son, he chose to carry a piece of my favorite t-shirt tucked away in his pocket. my youngest begins Pre-K next week and I am certain his momento will be unique as well!
    take the time for you and celebrate the joys of motherhood! time flies!

  • Kristy H - September 04, 2009 @ 5:50 pm
    24

    My oldest started 5th grade, and my youngest started 1st. So all week I was thinking about how this was the first time I would have the WHOLE day to myself! The 1st day came, I dropped my son off at his class, (well, he waved to me from about 10ft away,l ol), and then we got to my daughters class….and it hit me that my babies aren’t babies anymore, they are school aged kids, and that every year they get older they get closer to being adults! As I started to turn, my daughter yelled, “Love you mom! I’ll miss you all day!” Thats when the tears came, and I walked to my car watching the other moms try to hide their own tears, thankfully I had sunglasses on so it kept them hidden for a minute or two!
    I know deep down, my kids will always be my “babies” and that every year I will get weepy on the first day, because as much as they need me now for things, I need them too, to make my life whole and they do it everyday!

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  • Janeen - September 04, 2009 @ 6:24 pm
    25

    Back to school has been hectic! I have a freshman and a 2nd grader. It has been really fun, but eventful :D We are trying to get a system started to help the flow in the mornings. Your pics are really cute! I can agree with you on the dress compliment. I have all boys as well and they just don’t understand those compliment things.

  • Christine Smith - September 04, 2009 @ 6:29 pm
    26

    I am an email subcriber and a Facebooker too! I homeschool my younger kids, so things have gone well so far. The hardest part for me was to have myoldest daughter get on the bus at 6:45 in the morning….that is so early!

    Christine

  • Amy Chown - September 04, 2009 @ 8:25 pm
    27

    I have 3 kids, one a senior in high school, one a 6 th grader in middle school, and one a 1st grader in elementary school. The schools all start at different times of the day (7:30, 8:30 and 9:30). It does have some advantages getting one at a time out the door. I find that I am not sad on the first day the kids go back to school, and in fact, I actually am happy to get them back into a routine. I tend to feel sad when they graduate from a school… like a milestone has been reached and then it hist me that they are moving on and growing up.

  • Nancy - September 04, 2009 @ 8:27 pm
    28

    I am a teacher and I love back-to-school time! School is an exciting place! There’s always so much to do and learn. To me the true “new year” is back-to-school time! Everyone, have a fabulous school year!

  • Charla - September 04, 2009 @ 8:50 pm
    29

    My oldest started 2nd grade and my youngest is in pre-kindergarten. I still can’t believe 2nd grade!! Time is flying. So far so good this year. =)

  • Amanda from Faith, Food and Family - September 04, 2009 @ 8:59 pm
    30

    Well, I’m a bit more used to it as mine are in 1st and 3rd grade and then one at home. However, I didn’t want to send them to school at all. I’d rather keep them here! So it was a bit difficult for me to get used to them being back at school. I also realized it won’t be long (either next year or year after that) that our youngest will start K. Then it will just be empty in here till they get home for the day. I just can’t imagine not having at least one of them here. And that can definitely bring a tear to my eye!
    God bless,
    Amanda

  • Mindy - September 04, 2009 @ 9:56 pm
    31

    Andrea–my 3 year old started pre-school last week. (He only goes 3 days a week for a few hours) He was excited & did just great. I, on the other hand, had a meltdown (of course once I was out of his sight–don’t want him to see momma upset to leave him!). The toughest thing for me was that for the first time, it hit me that he’s just “another kid”. Even though I know his teachers LOVE kids….they don’t know & love MY baby like I do. BUT, I know it’s an awesome program & will be great for him. (your boys are adorable btw!)

  • Annie N - September 04, 2009 @ 9:56 pm
    32

    My youngest started kindergarten this year as my oldest began second grade. I spent the weekend cuddling my “babies,” telling them they have grown too big. I alternated that with explaining to my youngest that the school has a sign that you must be taller than in order to go to kindergarten. So, she would be out of luck. She didn’t believe me. They got on the bus together. I was comforted by the fact that they were together. My tears didn’t well up until lunchtime, when I realized I was making lunch for one.

  • Marianne - September 04, 2009 @ 10:00 pm
    33

    I like sappy. ;-)

    The pictures are great; your boys are wonderful. And I love how Andon is so serious in watching everything.

    It’s been that duality here at my house as well – relief that they’re back in their school routine coupled with a big dose of missing them and wondering where the heck the time has gone.

    *sigh*

    It’s ok to cry, girl!! I still well up when it hits me.

    ;-)

  • Aprl - September 04, 2009 @ 10:57 pm
    34

    I must admit I totally lost it on Monday when my oldest got on the bus to go to Kindergarten. I too held it together through the walk to the bus stop, waiting for the bus pictures, getting on the bus pictures and even the bus driving away picture for the scrapbook. However, as soon as that bus drove off I lost it. My 2 year old kept saying “why you sad Mom?” I could not even answer him. My husband had come home for lunch for the big day to see our daughter off and I know he was thinking “my wife has lost it, I’m glad I’m going back to work”. I cried for a while and finally got it together but not completely until she got off that bus smiling from ear to ear and said “Mom, I had the best day ever”.

  • Jen - September 04, 2009 @ 11:08 pm
    35

    Boo hoo hoo! I feel for you. My 3 year old twins are starting preschool next week. I’m very sad about it. One of the girls doesn’t want to go, and the other said, “It will be ok, I’ll take care of you”. That made me tear up, too.

  • Jennifer - September 05, 2009 @ 12:46 am
    36

    I did ok this year. My stepson is in 1st grade this year. He did ok..no tears. He was really excited to go back, I think he was bored toward the end of the summer!

  • Bettina - September 05, 2009 @ 9:38 am
    37

    My oldest son started high school last week. He actually wanted me to walk him to school the first day. We found out he was supposed to go to the cafeteria, so I walked him in and left him there. I was okay until I walked out of the building and then the tears came. My baby is no longer my baby. I want my children to grow up normally and hit the milestones like they are supposed to, but it just happens way too fast.

  • Khara - September 05, 2009 @ 9:40 am
    38

    Hi There, You’re little guy is so handsome!
    My two oldest kids were all geared up to start school this week when we got a phone call… Turns out the upper elementary school my daughter is due to attend this year for 4th grade is full of MOLD!
    Now my son who is in 2nd grade at the primary elementary school cries every day when getting on the bus about how unfair it is that she gets to stay home. She cries every day about how unfair it is that he gets to go to school!
    Meanwhile my 3 year old son is just happy to still have someone home with him during the day :) .
    School is slated to start at the earliest next Wed. Lets cross our fingers!

  • Kids Football Shirt - September 05, 2009 @ 10:04 am
    39

    I thought I would be doing the happy dance with all of my freedom but that is not the case. I am very blessed to have friends to take videos and pictures so I can watch the excitement of getting on the big yellow bus for the first time.

  • christy - September 05, 2009 @ 10:56 am
    40

    My daughter started the 2nd grade and the first day of second grade is no easier than the first day of kindergarten. She was having anxieties over learning multiplication this year so we sent a hallmark card in her lunch box the first day of school. She cried and showed the teacher but felt at ease the remainder of the day. We now send a Hallmark card or note at least once a week and se loves the suspense of when?! will she have a card. She saves each of them, this gift card would help out with a lot of cards! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Jessie C. - September 05, 2009 @ 12:42 pm
    41

    Everything works great without chaos so far this year, yet it’s just a start I know. Hopefully it keeps up like this! Happy back to school all!

  • Amy's Stocking Stuffers - September 05, 2009 @ 2:02 pm
    42

    My school year is faced from the other end — the work end, not the parenting end. In my day job I’m a librarian at a community college, and in the first two weeks of classes, I’ve had so many students wandering in and hopefully asking whether the library has their textbooks. I feel so bad for them, because for a lot of them money is very tight, but the library doesn’t stock all the textbooks because we could never have enough for each student. They have to buy them — and not only that, they have to drive to another campus to buy them! Sigh….

  • Amanda - September 05, 2009 @ 5:02 pm
    43

    My two girlies have been in school for a couple weeks now. My oldest is in 4th and my baby started kindergarten. I took her to school the first day so I could get pics. In the room I could tell she was both excited and unsure. There was definatly a point when I knew I needed to leave or she would start to cry ( and I was having trouble holding back my tears). I am so proud of her though. She just loves school. I look at my 4th grader and see that she is no longer a little girl but a young lady. I know this year will fly, so I cherish every day :)

  • Michele D - September 05, 2009 @ 9:27 pm
    44

    They just ended their 3rd week. I WAS fine, but now it is really hitting me that both of my kids are now in school full time. Sniff sniff. They have great teachers and are loving school, but I am actually missing them.

  • Megan - September 05, 2009 @ 10:02 pm
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    Oh! The tears! Our kids are homeschooled but I had to go back to work this year while my husband stayed home. On the days when I leave to hit the gym at 5am before work and get home at 9pm when they are asleep I try not to cry-but I miss them! I try to squeeze in as much mom and kid, and mom doing school stuff on the weekends.

  • Jill - September 05, 2009 @ 11:11 pm
    46

    My son started school about two weeks ago. He is doing very well, except there is an awful lot of homework to do for a third grader. This is his first year with grades (he already got his first “A” and also lost his first reading log :)) and the in third grade the standardized testing starts. I am hoping for the best and trying to keep him organized with the homework so that it gets done, but also am letting him take responsibility and consequences if it does not get done. There has only been one day so far with tears and they were his and they were over homework. We got past that hurdle and are hoping for a great school year!

  • ShootingStarsMag - September 06, 2009 @ 1:31 am
    47

    Aw, such cute photos. I’m glad it was eventually fine. I don’t have kids of my own, but I always hated going back to school and would want to just hang out with my mom. It’s always sad, but it starts to be normal and fun. :)

  • Heather - September 06, 2009 @ 1:48 am
    48

    My baby started Kindergarten last week too. She is my only child, so I had a pretty rough time. I cried on and off for weeks before. That day though I was fine. I drove to the school, dropped her off, took pictures, and got in my car. I pulled away and within five seconds I was crying my eyes out like a baby. I actually had to pull off the side of the road, because I couldn’t see to drive. I was fine after she came home that day and didn’t cry until now, as I relive it again.

  • Danielle - September 06, 2009 @ 3:02 am
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    Our school district’s year does not start until Tuesday, but as homeschoolers, we have school year round. So far, it has been smooth, but who knows what tomorrow will bring.

  • Mindy Holt - September 06, 2009 @ 9:47 am
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    SO far this year had started out great. It looks like 2nd grade is going to be an awesome year. Walking my DD to school is my favorite time of the day!

  • Diane L. - September 06, 2009 @ 11:02 am
    51

    I sent my baby off to college last week. It seems like its only the blink of an eye and your kindergartener is suddenly all grown up. I was okay through the college orientation program and helping her move into the dorm. Tthe tears came when I arrived home late that night to our dark and empty house and the realization that I am now an empty nester. But there’s also a sense of relief and thanksgiving that after all the challenges over the years, my kids have turned into truly wonderful adults!

  • Kathy - September 06, 2009 @ 1:01 pm
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    This may sound strange, but the firsts are never over! My oldest just graduated from college and started her FIRST full-time job. It feels good to see her finally start reaping the rewards of all her hard work, but it still made me choke up! The anxiety is similar to school, too. My second is about to start a new term part-time at Cinti State. She is very nervous,and of course, as a Mom I want to take away that
    fear, but can’t. I am a very lucky Mom!!

  • Bela - September 06, 2009 @ 1:19 pm
    53

    Our first day went well – my daughter started 8th grade and my son started 3rd grade. Now next year, her starting high school – that will be my tearful story! =)

  • Carrie - September 06, 2009 @ 2:18 pm
    54

    My oldest is starting middle school this year… I cannot believe it since it literally seems like days ago I was walking him to kindergarten every morning. I remember the safety guard at the corner where we crossed the street saying to me “he must be in kindergarten” with a big smile on her face… I said “yes how did you know” she said “because he’s holding your hand… after this year he probably won’t” Made my mommy heart so sad… not only was I taking my oldest off to start kindergarten but now she was springing it on me that after this year he would no longer hold his mamas hand… it was a rough rough day!!

    Fwiw he continued to hold my hand on the way to school in first grade too… Now though at 11 he wouldn’t dream of touching his mother in public for any reason:(

    When I took my middle daughter to school for the first day I did not cry at the school. Her teacher gave us these little “care packages” to open when we got home. There were several little things in there accompanied by a poem that explained what each one was for. It was SOOOO sad… I wish I could find it right now lol… I’d share it again. I was pregnant at the time and maybe a little over emotional but I literally cried until lunch time despite my dh trying to fix things by taking me to breakfast… While at the restaurant alone with my dh I sobbed and said “I can’t believe you thought eggs would fix this” uggh… so sad, yet so funny!

    I can’t remember who said it but she said “it kills you to watch them grow up, but it’d kill you faster if they didn’t” Hang in there mama!

  • Heather - September 06, 2009 @ 2:21 pm
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    My son is almost 10 months. I can’t believe how time flies. I’m sure I’ll be sending him off to kindergarden way too soon. Caleb looks like a sweet boy! Enjoy this season of life!

  • jennifer - September 06, 2009 @ 3:15 pm
    56

    My daughter just started kindergarten this year too! I thought I would love the “free time” that I would gain, however, when it came down to it, I was the one crying like a baby, and my daughter was the one telling me that “it would be okay!” How funny.

  • Suzanne smith - September 06, 2009 @ 3:20 pm
    57

    They should have a card for mom’s who’s kids are starting the 1st day of school so they can be cheered up!!

  • Kathy - September 06, 2009 @ 3:45 pm
    58

    My youngest daughter went off to college this year and it was hard to hold the tears back. Hard to let go after all these years. Now I send her stuff in the mail and this would help alot.

  • jeccica simpson - September 06, 2009 @ 6:57 pm
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    My oldest daughter is (9) starting 4th grade, and my other daughter is (7) going into 2nd grade, with there little brand new baby brother 1 mos old. There were such troopers!! No need for mom, they didnt even look back, as I sat in my car,
    and watched as the went into school,
    all grown up!! I still have my newborn son to look forward to school days again!

  • Andrea T. - September 06, 2009 @ 8:03 pm
    60

    My DD started preschool two weeks ago. I was so emotional the days leading up to it. I got teary buying her crayons for school, yes, I know silly! :) I had no idea it would be this hard to have her gone for 3 hours, 3 days a week.

    Her 1st day was only an hour so I only got teary walking in the hall to her class to meet her teacher. I was so emotional the next day as I knew the following day she would be dropped off for 3 hours.

    I was fine as we were driving with Hubby to take her to school. Then Hubby reached back and held her hand the whole drive there. The tears started welling up :( As we waited in the carpool to drop her off, Hubby looked so sad which didn’t help me at all! As she was walking into the school holding her teacher’s hand, she turned around and yelled to us “Bye” in such a nervous tone and that was it…I lost it! Hubby and I were so chocked up that we couldn’t say bye back to her, we just waved. The next 3 hours seemed to drag on FOREVER! Waiting in the carpool lane to pick her up, Hubby looked at me and said I looked like a kid on Christmas with the big smile on my face and excitement in my eyes. Thankfully DD LOVES school and asks to go everyday so that helps!

  • Amanda M. - September 07, 2009 @ 12:27 am
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    well my son doesnt attend school yet but my nephew lives with me and the school year is off to a good start all he has complained about so far is the lunch room food so he started to pack a lunch!! If thats his only complain this year we are doing good!

  • Suzy - September 07, 2009 @ 1:21 am
    62

    My little guy is only a year old, so no school yet. But reading everyones stores definately makes me a little misty eyed. This first year has gone by so fast and I know that he will be starting school before I know it.

  • Julie D - September 08, 2009 @ 3:40 am
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    This gets tricky. My kids are 25, 22, 21, 18, 17 and 3 months. I have grandkids older than my baby… way older… I haven’t had to do a transition to school in MANY years… I am dreading the next transition so much that I am thinking of home schooling. I am savoring every single second with our new bundle of joy. I was a mess when all my kids started…

  • MISSY - September 08, 2009 @ 12:14 pm
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    My son is 6. He had his grandma last year, but now he has someone totally different! It has been hard, but he is doing fine. First grade is so tough now….. he is reading and writing all the time.

  • Lori - September 11, 2009 @ 1:00 pm
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    T wore the same shirt my grandson wore on his first day to kindergarten. Blake is doing great, much to our delight!

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