Thursday, September 6, 2012

1st day of school

Wendy was SO excited for her 1st day of school today. She knew what to expect this time around and couldn't contain herself. Two or three times, as I was helping her get ready for bed last night, she clasped her hands together and told me, "Oh mom, I'm just SO excited for school tomorrow!" 

I always remember loving having something new to wear on the 1st day, so I went out into the garage, pulled out the 5T & up girl clothes tub of hand-me-downs, and pulled out a cute little skirt that would be new... to her. I wrapped it up and left it out for her to find in the morning. 

She was so excited she let me put her hair in pig tails without crying. (She usually cries when I barely touch her hair - that cute bob has spoiled her in the head hardening department. My mom used to brush my tangles out... to this day my scalp feels no pain). She even told me, "Mom, you'll be so proud of me. I'm gonna stand so still and I won't even cry when you put my hair in piggies."

She looked so cute in her little outfit, with her back-pack on. She was beaming. She ran right into class. It was her friend, Amelia's, first time ever in school. Amelia's mom was struggling just like I did last year. She asked Wendy to take care of Amelia. Wendy grabbed her hand and took her straight to the toy box. I was so proud. At the end of the day, I asked her, "How was Amelia? Was she sad today?" "No mom. She was fine. I took care of her and she had a lot of fun." I closed my eyes and gave myself a silent, parenting success "YES!"

I didn't know if I was going to let her stay for the extended day portion of class, AKA "mommie's time out" (Can I just tell you that I HATE that name!? The brochure for it has pictures of ladies napping, reading, getting massages. It makes me feel so guilty, to the point I want to pull her out early every day.) Extended day-ers eat lunch and stay there a little longer. I decided against it (even though I couldn't get a refund) but when I walked into her new class and saw the big gift bags with each extended day kid's name on them I felt guilty. She told me she wanted to stay for lunch, so I knew I was the only one that had a problem with it. So at 12pm I brought her a kid's meal from Chick Fil-A (I used to LOVE it when my mom would un-expectedly show up in my class with a happy meal for me) and asked her if she wanted to come home and eat it with me or stay. Of course she wanted to stay. Harper was going to stay. 

*Harvey wanted in on the 1st day of school picture... he even says "CHEEEEESE!" now :)

When I went back to bring her home she blurted out, "School was GREAT today, mom!" She said it again on the way home. She kept hugging me and kissing me and playing with my hair. I couldn't tell if it was because she was so happy from a wonderful day at school or if she actually missed me, but I loved it.

On the way home, she sounded so old. I couldn't remember if she always spoke this way, or if she had picked up some things from the other kids at school in just one day. She was saying things like, "Mom, three questions: one, can I have a granola bar when we get home? Two, can I watch a show when I'm eating my granola bar? Three, can you text my friends' moms and see if they can come to the park after Chubby's nap?" Wow.

Then we went and signed her up for ballet/tap class. How did this happen? (These are the type of days when I have moments of intense age awareness. I forget that I'm in this phase of my life. I feel like my mom). I'm gonna be all sorts of messed up when she starts kindergarten next year. I don't even want to think about it.


jenn (+ will) said...

i lovedlovedloved reading this heather! ohhh wendy is so cute and so big. it's so great that she loves school! and i just love that photo of harvey too!!!!! i miss you guys!

Shannon said...

Wendy is so adorable. It's kind of weird when they all of a sudden are a big kid. And I totally know what you mean about feeling like your mom. :) I just can't believe this is where we are. It all seemed so far away when they were born, you know, 5 minutes ago. Hope Wendy has a great school year!

Christy said...

So darling! You're a great mama! You should be proud. Wendy is amazing, just like her mom. And that is kind of a crappy flyer. I cant' believe they would do that. But still take advantage. IF she loves it, do it. There are lots of kids who hate it. Be so grateful she doesn't. :) I can't believe the conversations too. She IS getting old. :)

Melany said...

love that pic of harvey and wendy! love wendy's piggies (penny won't let me touch her hair hardly either). and harvey in those overalls oh my goodness holy cute! love those skip hop toddler backpacks, penny has the kitty cat one. penny loves school, too. she just walked right in, grabbed a book and sat down in the reading corner. isn't it great when they adjust?? love all the pics!