we caught the flu bug at our house this weekend. i thought i’d go back to a time when the weather was warm and we were doing exciting things, but i was failing at blogging.
gracie’s first day of preschool was a big event we had been looking forward to since we registered her in february. we both had butterflies for her first day. she snuggled maddie extra long that morning and gave me a checklist of things to do for her once she was at school. i’m fairly certain that she questions my parenting skills.
i drove her to school, promising the whole way that i’d stay if she needed me to, or if she became sad or nervous her teacher could call me and i’d be there in a couple minutes. but this big girl surprised me. she walked right in with her best friend (and cousin) owen (or o-man, as she calls him) and sat right down at her desk. i nervously chatted while watching gracie interact with the other kids. there wasn’t an ounce of hesitation…no looks up to see where i was. maybe it was the glittered nailpolish she insisted would make her brave.
i said a quick goodbye to my baby; i tried to give her another kiss but missed her face as she scurried off to line up. i stood outside the class watching for any sign of needing me…and as hard as it was for me to see, she didn’t need me.
i walked out to my car, both proud and a little heartbroken. i cried the whole way home after calling matthew, who was still in portland working. it was a big milestone in her life and she nailed it.
maddie and i promptly went home and opened a box of fudgesicles. she was sad about gracie being gone, but the chocolate made up for it a little bit. especially since i didn’t think twice about giving her a second one when she asked.
it’s been the same since her first day…lots of excitement and running off before i even get a kiss.
||maddie wasn't sure what was going on, but she's always up for pictures||
||gracie belle and her best buddy, o-man||
||she had no complaints about her first day home alone with mom!||