This is it. The moment I’ve been both looking forward to and dreading all at the same time. The day where I have to let go just a bit and trust that other people will keep my little girl safe. First day of school.

I’ve been quietly tearing all day as Bill and I prepare for the inevitable. We did some last minute shopping and picked out a few cute outfits for her and got her a pair of new shoes. Her schoolbag is packed with all her supplies and I added a note for her to find in her lunchbox which will hopefully make her smile. She can’t read yet so I have to get creative.

Natalie is very excited… and I mean very excited. And I’m here clenching my teeth working on a migraine.

I’m sad. I’m happy. I’m scared. I’m proud. I’m worried. I’m elated.

As a parent you always want a break during your day. The chaos can be so maddening and we can all recognize that. But now that my break is finally here I want it to go away and I want to spend my days cooking with Natalie and taking her to the park. All those afternoons are now gone. I suppose there is always the summer and the weekends… it’s not that bad. IΒ  just have to shake it off.

One of the things that Natalie is most excited about is learning to read. She can’t WAIT to read to Liam. It’s her number one mission. The day that starts to happen is the day I start doing shots of vodka at night. Be warned. πŸ™‚

How did you handle the first day of school?

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