It has been a while since I have posted on here, and for that I apologize. If you know me or have read my most recent published articles, you know that September was kind of a big deal for me and my family.
My oldest child started kindergarten on September 1st, after months of planning and prepping and IEP-ing with the school district. This was not an easy day for mama. As I watched that bus pull away I was so proud, yet I felt so vulnerable. My “heart” rode off with an anxious smile on her face, ready to embark on a new adventure.
In just a matter of days, my baby is going to become a kindergarten student. I cannot believe where the time has gone. I am still in a little bit of denial, as we still need to complete school supply and school clothes shopping. Maybe if I stick my fingers in my ears and say “la la la” loud enough, I won’t have to accept this inevitable truth.
Today on Parent.co I have shared a letter to my daughter about my thoughts and feelings on this huge milestone (for both of us). I hope you enjoy it. ♥
“To My Baby Girl, As She Begins Kindergarten”
It’s hard for me to believe, but in a few short weeks you’ll be starting kindergarten. You’ll be packing up your little Pottery Barn Kids back pack and climbing the stairs onto the yellow school bus that will take you to your next big adventure.
I will not let you see it, but I am having a hard time. Mixed with the happiness I feel for you are pangs of sadness and nostalgia for times past.
You see, daughter, you are my baby. I know, I know. Baby brother is here now to take that title, and yes, you are a big girl. But, to me, you will always be a baby. My baby.
You are my first born. Many sleep deprived nights of new motherhood were spent rocking you. The first panicked call I made to the pediatrician was about you. My first time planning a preschool play date was with your best buddy. All your firsts are my firsts as a mommy.
Now, as we prepare for the big day, I am also thinking about all the new firsts to come…
To read the rest of my letter, please visit Parent.co here.
As you probably already know from reading this blog, our daughter will be going to kindergarten in the fall. The past few months have been spent going through the process of registering her and working with the school to find her the appropriate services and placement. It is a very intense and draining process.
After one particularly emotional day, I sat down and wrote an essay about what I was feeling. I wanted the world to know what an amazing and capable and special little girl my daughter truly is. Children cannot be defined by labels and diagnoses alone. There is so much more to them.
My piece was published on Scary Mommy this past weekend. I am really proud of this one. You can read it here.
This was a very emotional piece to write. My daughter is headed off to Kindergarten this fall. As all moms (and dads) know, this is a big deal! This letter describes the mix of feelings I am experiencing. I hope you enjoy it.