I can not believe it. I have noone home with me. My older daughter started Pre-K and my little one is in the Pre-K inbetweens (basically between 2 and 3). I am so incredibly proud of them. They truly fill up my heart everyday, even on the days I want to pull out all my hair!
Over this past summer they have become the best of friends, and are really forming an incredible sisterly bond. It is unbelievable to really watch. When I had two under two my days were filled with feeding, diapers, changing, clothing, washing and sleeping. The girls played of course but I was consumed, like most parents with their needs. Now that they are getting a little older and their needs are slightly less demanding, it is amazing to sit back and watch their bond and friendship form.
I sit there and imagine the days that they get married and have children, and how they will always have each other. I have really been blessed. I know I am jumping ahead here, I mean seriously Pre-K and Prek2! So we have a long road of amazing milestones ahead, but we really had a very special summer together.
My older daughter did wonderfully on the first day of school. She was most excited about her brand new shoes and her homework folder. Ah, innocence, you can't beat it.
My little one is only going three days a week, so today was her first day. She did great until she realized I was leaving her and she stood there whimpering a little with some tears in her eyes. Thankfully she has such a loving, caring teacher that gave her a great big hug and changed her mind about Mommy leaving.
I always have taken my Mom's philosophy when I leave them in someone else's care. Just go. Give them a kiss and get out. When my Mom left me at college we got my room all ready and when it was time for her to go she gave me a hug, a kiss and the sign of the cross (we are Catholics, so we kind of do that every time we leave someone for a somewhat extended time), and she said bye love you. That was it, and she was gone. Although it was like having the band-aid ripped off it was much better on me, so I always try to remember that when I am leaving my girls. Just rip the band-aid.
How did your first day of school go? If your children aren't back yet, how are your preparations going?