My Baby's Going to Kindergarten

Tomorrow my first baby starts kindergarten.  I'm not exactly sure how I feel about it.  Most people in the same position as me, seem to be very sad about how grown-up our little ones are.  Honestly, I am so busying during the day breaking up fights and trying to reign in all.the.sass that I barely have time to think about how quickly time is passing.  Plus, I've finally realized that in the grand scheme of life she is actually very little still.  I'll save all the crying for when she graduates high school.

Some parents are having a tough time being away from their kids all day, as opposed to half-day as most preschools are.  Well, Emmy's pre-k 4 class was a full day, 5 days a week, so this really doesn't change much.  She does wear a uniform now, but that's really the only big change...well that and homework.

I'm not throwing a "yay the kids are going back to school party" because I still have Charlie home with me {the school we go to did away with their three year old program, so she'll be home with me for one more year}.  Yes, it is easier to get things done with one kid, but as she is knee deep in age three, she often feels like more than one kid all by herself.  Next year, will be a different story.

I know for sure I am sad about school starting, only because it means the end of the hot, lazy days of summer.  Fall is coming, quickly followed by winter, and that thought just fills me with dread.  Plus all of us being up dressed and out the door by 7:30 each morning is no where near as fun as the fact we're still lying around in our pj's at 9:00 am today.

But as far as Emmy starting kindergarten?  I'm pretty relaxed about the whole thing.  We've been in this school thing for two years now, so I know what to expect.  She will be excited every day to go to school and spend time with her friends.  I'll worry every time I drop her off that she will accidentally be given something with peanuts.  We'll have good days and bad days.  Some days i'll have everything prepped the night before, and sometimes we'll be scrambling to get it all done in the morning.  Charlie will be happy to have some alone time with me,  but will also really miss Emmy.  They've become such cute little playmates this year.  So even though everyone seems to put a lot of emotion into the words, "She's starting kindergarten?!?" It's really just another school year in my mind.  Come see me when she starts the eighth grade and I promise a lot more crying and reminiscing.  But kindergarten?  We've got this.


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