Tuesday, September 2, 2008

There he goes...

Today was a big day in our house. After almost five years of being with Addison, all day, everyday, he had his first day of school.
He has been really excited for this, and to be honest, I have dreaded it since the day he was born.
My husband told me gently the other day that it is not supposed to be a sad time, it is supposed to be a really happy time. I needed that. He is so right. I was not really sad for this day to come, just a bit nostalgic, thinking about when he was first born, when it was just him and I.

He was so happy to get there, he ran out of the car to greet his friend. I was so happy to see him like that. When it was time to line up and say good bye, he had a little set back, which was really hard. He did not want to go, and hung onto me like a koala bear. It ended up being fine, and I held myself together, but cried (like a baby) on the way home.


When I went to pick him up, he ran to me and told me he had so much fun, and he didn't even think about me.
I never thought I would be happy to hear him say that, but I was. I really was.

22 comments:

sheepish one said...

awww katie!
i completely understand!
my first just started fourth grade and my middle just started kinder. i've got one last one at home to love on. soon enough, he'll be out the door and not thinking of me, either. sob!

Melanie said...

I know, I know, I know!! My oldest just started 2nd grade today and I have 2 more at home. I think the last one will be the hardest, though...

Kathleen Grace said...

He is precious! You have many years of hearing all about the things he is learning and getting all those great pieces of art they make:>) Lucky!

lucky knitter said...

Aw, that is a tough one - a bittersweet day filled with many emotions. I'm glad everyone got through it okay! It is a relief when they come home smiling.

My son is starting school tomorrow as a junior, and I really can't believe it! I do miss those pre school years, but these years are fun and special too!

a friend to knit with said...

oh! i so remember when my oldest went to kindergarden. i felt like he was leaving US! i think it was the hardest......
it always makes it so much easier knowing they are happy! :)

Michelle said...

Aww! Too sweet! I'm glad he had a great time!

Blaynexox said...

Aww he is so cute! Good job holding it together! I'm sure that he will do great in Kindergarten!!

t does wool said...

today was Diana's first day of kindergarten,too...she went in and never looked back...Nicole cried...

Tabitha said...

My oldest started afternoon 4K today. She did so good in class until she was bussed home - completely wigged out about getting on the bus. Thank goodness one of my dear friends works at the school and talked her down out of her anxiety attack!

Marcia said...

My baby (17) just had her last, first day of school year photo yesterday. She'll be graduating this year. I still remember when she went to kindergarten...seems like just the other day. My heart is with you.

Rhea Daiute... said...

Hey lady,

I feel for ya...

I could STILL cry thinking of when my little sister (whom i spent most of my late teens/early twenties babysitting) had her first day at day-care. You want them to miss you, but at the same time you DON'T want them to miss you.

But that tough first day is over for both of you. You can focus on all the good "School" things now.

This is a good thing!

APA said...

I don't know the agony or joy of my own, but your sentiments and his smiling face are tender and of those things which are beautiful moments. I'm glad he had a fun time and may the rest of the days go as well, one day at a time!

Katie Jean said...

awww. I sometimes think it's harder for the mama than it is for the kids! I just dropped Isaiah off for his first day of preschool and he couldn't care less that we were leaving!

QuiltedSimple said...

Oh how I feel for you! It is always so hard (Tyler's first day was today - and I cried because I couldn't see him get on the bus - he would have never gone if I had put him on the bus). It does get easier though. Glad he had a good day!
Kris

Sandy said...

Aw, bless his little heart. He looks adorable there, by the door. I'm so glad he had a great first day, and that you got through it so well. :)

THE BURT FAMILY said...

katie, i was in the same boat yesterday as well. i cried too. raegen had a great time though. he told me not to cry because it would make him cry. i remember being pregnant at the same time with our boys. it seems like only yesterday. best of luck!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

I know how you feel. My oldest just started preschool and it has been bittersweet!

Meagan said...

Katie,
I was thinking of you these past few days as you geared up for the big day. I am happy to hear that you all survived! A huge milestone for certain!! I remember when you told me you were pregnant with #1- Love you!

Julie said...

I can remember when my oldest started kindergarten... and now he is in 4th grade! My daughter, who went off to 2nd grade today, was sobbing on the way to the bus stop. She said she didn't want to go back because she was used to being home with me!
I'm glad Addison had a great first day-- it certainly makes it easier!

bizzymommy said...

oh katie ! i feel for you! my oldest just did the same thing! she didn't even turn back once when i dropped her off in the morning ! but that is a good thing right? it means we raised them to be strong individuals! :0) good luck w/ the year!

Yes, my name is Arizona said...

My son starts preschool tomorrow and I'm so glad, but feel sad, too. Very bittersweet. I understand how hard it is! Mothering is so rewarding, but also has those moments where you feel your heart is being wrung so tightly. Its such a strange thing and hard to put in words.

tiennie said...

Hooray for a great 1st day of school!!!