Note: Alice and Tom were supposed to have the same first day of school — but Tom has an illness, and therefore hasn’t started yet. I’m not leaving him out, I promise! Hopefully his big day will be Monday.
Oh my goodness, y’all!
Alice started preschool yesterday, and I still can’t quite believe it.
She was so excited yesterday morning.
She was jumping up and down and happy.
And then I told her we needed to get dressed for school…
And she really didn’t want to do that.
She didn’t want a new diaper! She didn’t want to get dressed!
She kept saying, “Not yet. In a minute.”
But for Alice yesterday, a minute meant forever.
So I pulled out the big guns — her new sparkly princess-y pink lunchbox.
It was all packed and ready to go and she was THRILLED!
Got ready in a snap!
I took her outside and took some “First Day of School” pictures and then we were off.
She ran to the car, and jumped right in.
When we got to her school she yelled, “There’s my school! Big girl school!”
And she was so excited to hold my hand and walk inside.
And then I handed her to her teacher and she cried.
Big, sobbing, elephant tears!
I told her I loved her and then ran around the corner to cry myself.
(In front of all the new parents, because that’s how I like to meet people.)
I peeked in at her after a minute, and she had her little hands covering her little face crying. Still.
A minute after that, her teacher was holding her and comforting her, and I never heard her cry after that.
(And then I drove home and cried all the way. I can’t help it!)
My friend, who is a teacher at the school and helped out with Alice’s class after I left, sent me this halfway through the day…
And when I picked her up, she wasn’t even looking for me. She was playing with the other kids!
And when she saw me, she broke out into a full run and said, “Mommy!!”
Happiest moment ever.
(And then I started to walk away with her and she said, “My lunchbox and bag!” Alice already knows how school works better than me.)
I asked her how her day went, and she said it was fun and she played with new friends and necklaces and babies.
Sounds awesome, right?
She was starving when she got home and ate what she hadn’t eaten of her school lunch once we got home.
And I just kept looking at her like she’d been gone a month.
I am so proud of my brave girl.
I knew she would do well, because she loves everything school is already.
But to see my little girl have such big smiles on her first day, and to tell me how fun it was — well, it was the best.
I know she’s going to have a great year, and I’m so thankful.