First Day of Pre-School

Waaay back three weeks ago, my baby girl started Pre-School.

In true Girlfriend style, she was covered head to toe in some sort of non-contagious Poison something or other...

Which means she was covered in steroid cream for her first day of school.

She was super, duper adorable about the whole thing... she woke up like it was Christmas morning and was just over the moon excited and ready to go, go, go!!!

I took her to the store and she picked out her own outfit for the big day and she just absolutely looked like such a little jelly bean I couldn't even handle her.

I love that she has her own opinions and her own quirky little style.

I hope she stays this way forever.

As soon as we got to school she hopped out of the car and said, "Welp! I'm off!"

And I'm like waiit... what... more pictures and hugs and kisses!!

She literally ran up the steps and was like..."Don't cry! You still have one more kid at home!"

I'm like gee... way to be compassionate.

Even though my doll had the most wonderful first day and came home saying, "I just want to pick up my school and hold it in my hands and squeeze it forever!!!" ... by 2 pm she had a fever of 102.

Her body was fighting off whatever was infecting her and we were scared because she was shivering and sweating at the same time.

Here she is in the car on the way home from the first day of school.... trying like Hell to rally, but just look at those feverish eyes and those crazy hives. Yikes.

A few doses of an oral Steroid (which turned her into the Devil fyi) for six days and she was back in action.

I was really sad and did cry a little after I dropped Girlfriend off at school, but the truth is, this time was different.

 It wasn't like when I dropped Boyfriend off at Pre-school for 100 reasons.

This is my third year in this school, so I know the teacher, the curriculum, and the in's and out's of the program.

That alone made me feel calmer.

Girlfriend has been in and out of that school since she was 13 months old, so her comfort level set the tone for mine... and for that I am so grateful, because it was HARD to leave my baby girl at school.

But she was SO ready.

I missed the crap out of her that first day, and truthfully, I miss her, and Boyfriend EVERY time they go to school.

I'm not at the point yet where school brings out the happy dance in me.

But... I am thrilled that Girlfriend loves school so much and loves her friends, teachers, classroom... every last bit of it.

She just loves to learn and sing and read... she 100% gets that from me.

So even though I'm sad without her around... I am so happy for her that she found something that she loves so much...

On her own...

Without her brothers.

My Girl is always going along for the ride with her brothers... but Pre-school is something just for her, and even though I miss her so much when she's gone...

I am so happy for my independent little beauty.

She embraced that first day of school, and every day since... with an open mind and an open heart.

She is just so excited to have her own friends and her own school... she is ready and eager to take on everything they throw at her... and I couldn't be prouder.

Today Pre-school, tomorrow the world.


Seven Months...

Okay, my baby is officially over the hill... and headed towards his first birthday.

Cue the sobbing.

I just. cant. even. handle. it.

Boyfriend overheard me whispering to Boo that he cant ever grow up the other day and then he was all:

"Mom. Kids grow up. It's apart of life."

Well la de dah... what the heck are they teaching kids now?! In this house the baby will stay a baby!!

Our youngest is holding strong as the happiest baby ever... I have only heard him cry one single time really, really hard.

It was this past month when he was over tired and had a tooth coming in... we were making the hour trek home from my parent's house and I ended up leaning over his car seat to nurse him.

His teeth are taking their sweet time to come in and he is still only rocking two bottom ones... but I'm not rushing anything! Stay little!!

Boo loves to snuggle in bed with the big kids and myself in the mornings... he is usually nursing when they come bounding in and wake him up.

It doesn't matter what time of day it is, he is always thrilled to be near his siblings... they just love the crap outta that little guy.

Girlfriend has got her Mama's genes for sure because she insists on daily photos of her and Boo together... it's pretty freaking adorable how much she loves him.

He is still exclusively breastfed... he had a bottle of pumped milk once in June and once in August, both times while we were at a wedding.

He just recently had his first bottle ever with a little water in it.

The only way to describe his shear happiness over being handed a bottle is to say imagine someone handed you one. million. dollars.

That is his face.

He is just freaking thrilled about the luxury of being able to suck down water out of a bottle and not having to work for it.

Let's see what else... 

My doll is a feet clapper, he just claps those fatty feet together all day long.

You know what else he does??

Mushes his lips together and goes, "Mmmmmmm" when he wants to nurse... ugh, I cant with this kid... the cuteness just slays me.

I know, I'm biased, but still.

He is just so sweet.

Boo goes freaking nuts when Boyfriend's bus comes around the corner every morning... he's all flaily legs and arms.

The bus driver just freaking loves him. He is a ray of sunshine, all the time.

I just wish wish wish I could be more like that. Just be happy every minute.

Boo also does that thing when babies slap their hands up and down... but I call him my little Drummer Boy because he slaps them one at a time, not together.

He is always bop, bop, bopping something like a little drummer dude.

My Doll isn't much for food ... he prefers to nurse rather than eat ironically.

Maybe I haven't been feeding him the right stuff?? I'm not sure but he just isn't super into it.

He does like apples and bananas, but the rest of it he could pretty much take of leave.

He is obsessed with his jumper that hangs in the doorway, his brother and his sister and the cat.

You would think the cat was a UFO the way he stares at it... for lack of better wording, he is pretty much like... what da haill???

Now that Girlfriend is in Pre-School four hours a week, I suddenly have 240 minutes to myself with my teeny little guy and I have to say... we are really loving it!

I feel guilty saying that but it is the first and only time he has had me to himself since he was born... and it is so nice to be near a happy little gum drop that just wants to snuggle.

I just wish I could keep him this small forever.


He Said...

Last night, I told the kids the most innocent story of all time... and of course, they found a way to turn it into something ridiculous.


Me: Did you guys know that I used to walk to school in a walker line??
Boyfriend: You did?!
Me: Yup, I walked down the street to school everyday when I was little.


Him: Hey Mom, can you tell us that story again about when you were a street walker??


The First Day Of Kindergarten!!

Welp, we all survived.

I gave him fifty hugs and kisses, and up onto the bus he went.

I cried a bit as it drove away, and so did my little Girlfriend.

I guess it's a thing here to meet the bus at school and take pictures... and so of course, that's what I did.

First off, I was holding my camera, my cell phone, and the video camera... plus pushing a stroller and holding Girlfriend's hand... plus crying... so it was a shit show.

I pulled myself together in time to catch Boyfriend get off the bus... of course, I could not aim all of my gadgets and instead got a picture of someone else standing in front of Boyfriend getting off the bus ...butttt what are you gonna do?

I'm super happy that I went because he was of course not paying attention and missed the grown up walking the kindergartners into school.

I was thrilled to have one more job that day and be needed... I happily pointed him in the right direction, and gave him fifty more kisses and off he went.

The little detour to take pictures at school was just what I needed... it gave me something to focus on instead of crying.

He had an amazing first day and to be honest hasn't said too much about school except that he loves it and cant wait to go back.

He talks a lot about P.E. and a particular pretty girl in his class, so... he's a typical boy.

Days One and Two I got him up early and onto the couch watching TV while I got him ready for the day...

Day Three I let him come snuggle with me in bed and he got too comfortable really quick.

I was shocked and couldn't help laughing when he dropped this line on me on Day Three of Kindergarten:

"Hey Mom... I think I'm all set with school... it's not really my jam anymore. When's Graduation?"


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