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2016 | 09.07

First Day of Kindergarten

As in most things motherhood, today was nothing short of bittersweet. Rising at 6:30a because she was “just too excited to sleep anymore”, Maeve climbed into bed with me. I lay there half awake snuggling this child of mine. This child that I can remember the moment I found out she was growing inside me, the moment that I held her for the first time, the moment she learned how to put on her socks, how to ride her bicyle, how to have an opinion about what she wears/eats/anything, and the moment she told me last night as we were walking into her school for open house, “I’m a little bit nervous, but mostly excited!”

This child of mine is on her way to complete independence. Okay, Okay, I know I’m getting a little ahead of myself here…but then also…I’m not. As David and I were getting ready for bed last night, I told him that I noticed him holding her a little tighter and longer at bedtime. He replied, “Yeah…next thing we know…she’ll be graduating high school.” Then we joked about all the parents whom their children have grown and they all say the same thing…”Enjoy it now because it goes too fast.” And it’s true. Some days I feel like I can barely keep my head above water. Praying that I’m making the right choices that are helping define these little people that God has blessed us with. Praying that tomorrow they’ll listen better…or better yet…that I’ll have more patience. Praying that nothing bad will ever come their way. And some days…some days I just sit and stare at them. Praying for time to slow down. Because it IS going too fast.

So as we, along with other bittersweet and nostalgic parents, crossed the street towards her school…she gave the man holding the crosswalk flag a big high five and her face lit up. And I quietly shed tears reveling in the fact that Maeve is this wonderful child with whom I get to share her life and have memorable first days with. And I couldn’t be more proud of my sweet beauty…

Hang in there parents…we’ll see them in a few hours ;)

 

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