We had a relaxing Labor Day weekend at the cottage, and then came back ready to start the next chapter in our parenting journey: Lucy going to Kindergarten!
Yes, this happy little baby is now FIVE! This was September of 2015.
Flash forward five years, and our baby is growing up . . . and we have allll the feelings about it!
Her board was filled out and ready to go.
It poured all morning long (because what else would you expect this year??), but Matty held the big golf umbrella over us while the girls stood on the porch for pictures.
Lucy has to wear a mask in and out of school, but doesn’t have to wear it in her classroom. #thankgoodness
She was nervous getting ready in the morning . . . and then the tears started as we walked her to her classroom door. Is there anything more heartbreaking than your sweet little girl crying in a mask. The answer is no. My mama heart was breaking, but my teacher heart knew the best thing to do for her is drop and dash. We hugged her, kissed her, told her we loved her, and reminded her of the special after school snack we would have . . . and then walked away. UGH.
I couldn’t focus on anything the entire day. Penelope must have been feeling out of sorts as well because I found her napping here later in the morning. She’s never crawled up on Lucy’s chair before! #dogshavefeelingstoo
Nemo waited faithfully in Lucy’s carseat all day long.
She came out with a big smile on her face after school!
After school Lucy enjoyed an M&M and brownie parfait, played with friends, ate dinner, and called it an early night. Kindergarten is hard!
Lucy’s first words when she woke up on day two were, “I don’t want to go to school again,” and she cried so hard at her classroom door at drop off that the teacher had to come outside and take her in. I know she settles down after a few minutes, but I’m hoping that she’ll get used to her new routine soon.
I’m SO THANKFUL that she knew five other kids going into Kindergarten with her because that has been a saving grace.
Do we still think putting her in a face to face class was the best decision for Lucy? Heck Yes!
Does it break our hearts to see her crying and stressed out? Absolutely.
Are we going to bribe her with a new stuffy if she goes to school without crying the rest of the week? You betcha!
Please say a prayer that Lucy starts viewing school as a place to learn and have fun rather than a place that takes her away from mommy and daddy for 6.5 hours. And she’ll tell anyone who’ll listen that she stays at school for SIX AND A HALF HOURS! Lucy likes to know that Matty and I went through the same things she’s going through. She asked if if we went to Kindergarten for 6.5 hours as well. I told her I went for 7 hours (I only did half days!) and Matty told her he went for 9 hours! A little white lie never hurt anyone, right?!
Here’s a little walk down memory lane for you. Lucy on her first day of Stay and Play all the way through Kindergarten. Before you know it I’ll be adding her senior pictures to the mix! #holdme
Have a great weekend!