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The First Day Of Kindergarten

by Nellie

Hey guys!!

You know I have a full recap of the family building fun that happened over the past 6 days in Orlando–but I am still transitioning back into real life. I realized that I have spent a lot of my previous travel either going to family events, or conferences, or something else work related–that its been a couple years since I have stopped and focused all my energy and attention on the three men in my life exclusively. It was refreshing, 90% Social Media free and filled with some unforgettable moments that I can’t wait to share, and all of that is coming soon.

In the meantime, a few days (2) before we set off on the plane my eldest boy had his first day of Kindergarten!!

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This day was particularly tough for my emotions as a mother, as I am learning was quite the norm (unless you had done it before–then at least you have some experience with all of the feelings).

The Pre Kindergarten Mixer

His new school was gracious enough to have a Kindergarten Mixer the Friday before the official school year started. We (the parents) were to drop off the kids for 2 hours to get to know each other through fun games and dance. Leaving was mandatory (BOO).

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He was super excited about the idea of Kindergarten, so when we arrived at the school (thankful for my job who let me work from home) he was crazy happy! That was until he realized that I couldn’t stay.

He begged me to stay, just a little and I’ll be honest there was nothing else that I wanted to do. I wanted to sit with him, help him meet new people, hold his hand, be the face he could look to for reassurance–but I couldn’t and that was part of the growing process for the both of us.

When I left him (or rather when they demanded the parents leave), his face was buried in his hands and I could feel in my bones how terrified he was. I was scared too. I left him crying silently to himself, and with a ton of anxiety. I could barely concentrate on work as I was so nervous about how his 2 hours went. Thankfully when I arrived he had some new swag, he was stuffing his face with junkfood and he had made some new friends. He was smiling. I was SO relieved that he had made it through–and so had I.

The First Day

My son LOVES to get dressed up, so when he saw his new uniform shoes, tie and hat he was crazy excited.

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His drop off was pretty uneventful except my heart felt like he was going to explode with you name it: fear/anxiety/excitement/nerves as I dropped him off. The nerves from Friday was gone and he ran inside without any issue. With my heart in his book bag.

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An Adjustment Period

We still haven’t quite adjusted to getting ready for 7:25 AM kindergarten start time versus a 9AM start time for preschool. I have NOT mastered this whole notion of send lunch to school everyday…(I need some help y’all) remembering snacks, keeping all parts of the uniform together…and so much more. This kindergarten life has added a new layer of logistics to our everyday life. It’s a new fun adventure that I am so excited to be a part of!

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How was your kids’ first day back of school? Do you remember your nerves when you started kindergarten?

 

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15 comments

Allie September 2, 2014 - 5:34 am

When I saw this picture on FB I just died! He is so handsome and looks so big!! I know exactly how you feel – dealing with all the emotions. It was very hard for me and I can’t imagine how you felt when you had to leave your baby, crying into his hands!!! Parenting is too hard sometimes. Here’s to getting through this first year.
My one tip for lunch is to make it the night before…

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Janine Huldie September 2, 2014 - 7:19 am

Aww, we don’t do this officially until tomorrow and was actually just talking to Kevin about making lunches literally 5 minutes before I began to read this. I, too, need a bit better help planning things out like this the night before and so not good at stuff like this. I mean pre-school used to give the girls snack and all I had to worry about was there backpacks, but now I have a whole new layer with lunch and also a snack too to send in. Just can’t believe Emma starts tomorrow and definitely a nervous day ahead for me now. Glad your little guy did so well and he looks adorable in his uniform, too 🙂

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LaShawn September 2, 2014 - 7:20 am

I absolutely adore that hat! He looks so handsome! I always get mad at the cost of uniforms but they just look so cute dressed up!!

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FABBY September 2, 2014 - 10:25 am

OMG!, he is adorable and handsome! Many blessings in his new year of school and throughout his academic life!
FABBY

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Patty September 2, 2014 - 10:34 am

What great first day! He looks so handsome! Hugs to you Momma, I’m sure this was a tough day but you must be so proud of him.

P.S. Pinterest for lunch ideas there must be so many especially now!

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Kim September 2, 2014 - 2:37 pm

OMG – could he be any cuter?! I love his hat and tie – he looks so sharp!!
That 2 hour thing is a great idea to help make the first day easier for the kids!! I hope that you are adjusting to all the changes – it is hard to get them off so early!!

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KalleyC September 2, 2014 - 9:15 pm

Aww, when we hosted our step up party for our little girl (transition from PreK to K) I was choked up. It is amazing how fast they are growing. Your little man looks so very handsome in the pictures, and I’m glad that he was able to enjoy the first day of school.

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Leslie September 2, 2014 - 10:04 pm

That has to be the cutest boys uniform ever! So sorry to hear about all of his anxiety though. I can understand how frightening it must be for little ones to go to a new place; but it sounds like he’s doing great – and I LOVE the shades! T was anxious about her first day as well, but I think we’ve worked through all of it at this point. Now her biggest problem is getting up and out the door early enough!

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Tamara September 2, 2014 - 10:39 pm

Aw!! He is just so handsome.
Our first day of kindergarten is Friday but we had a teacher/classroom meeting today and she loved it and said she’s excited for it.
It’s all so daunting to me. I’m just hoping I survive it. I know she will.

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Britt September 2, 2014 - 10:47 pm

Oh my gosh!! Your son is so adorable! I can’t even imagine having to drop him off at school and then leave…I’m having a hard time realizing that my little guy isn’t going to be with me 24/7 in just a few months (although I’m reassured that it gets so much better!). It is so awesome that your son had such a great time at his mixer, met new friends and is so excited for school!

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kita September 2, 2014 - 11:35 pm

That hat yassss. Girl 7:45 down here the first bell rings for school they are considered late for the day. I have to be up at 5:30 to get them up, groomed, fed, and lunch packed. I was good when I had to only do one but doing two of them…get ready get ready get ready.

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Elle September 3, 2014 - 1:53 am

I can’t believe September is here already! School has started, and the weather has gotten drastically cooler (where I am, anyway).

I love those shades your sun is wearing. Very stylish!

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Kristina Walters September 3, 2014 - 12:48 pm

You son is so cute Nellie! I hope he had a great first day!

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Candace September 3, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Love seeing kids in uniform, I find it easier than picking something out everyday (I don’t have patience in the AM lol). I totally get the emotions since I went through it with PreK but the mixer was a great idea and gets the jitters gone by the 1st day. Pinterest for lunch/snack ideas and iron all uniforms Sunday so each day is grab and go. Have a great year!

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pegster September 4, 2014 - 12:28 am

Wow, you have a kid in kindergarten now, crazy right. I just love how happy and excited he looks.

Monday was probably my favorite day in social media world, seeing all the back to school pics of the kids made me so happy.

Keep calm and carry on, that’s all I can say and I know that’s not useful to you :).

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