My baby goes to kindergarten next week. No just one of my babies but my youngest child. My daughter who hates long car rides, who gets really tired by the early afternoon, who falls asleep anywhere and everywhere once her fatigue hits, who loves to eat at home so much that she never elects to eat out, even on her birthday, who gets shy when she first meets people but is friendly and outgoing once she makes a friend.
My daughter who won't wear the nice sandals her fashion-forward aunt sent her but instead she wears tennis shoes every day even with the prettiest of dresses. She won't walk barefoot and she wears socks ALL the time, yes…even to bed. She spends so much time trying to "flatten" the top of her hair and tame down her curls that I think I need to embrace mine more instead of drying my hair out straight so often. My baby who still loves her stuffed animals and will choose to buy one over anything else at every given opportunity.My kind-hearted girl who loves monsters and aliens because “no one else does.” She is the most pleasant girl in the world until fatigue or hunger hits; after which her voice and cranky factor increase...an unfortunate trait she inherited from her mother.
Asha loves to surprise us by making the beds, even those in which she doesn't sleep. She makes cards and pictures to greet her dad when he comes home from business trips
In preparation for kindergarten, she has been doing her "homework" which is a workbook I got for her. She loved doing homework while her brother did his last year, so she's been through a few workbooks but yesterday she finished an entire pre-K workbook that sh e's worked in all summer, so she feels confident that she's ready now for school. Except that she's "nervous" because it's such a big school. She's excited to see her brother there and she really wants to sit next to him on the bus; if only he was equally excited about that (I think he secretly likes it but he won't admit it to her!). She's thrilled to have a backpack she picked out but she is worried about being gone for so long. Preschool ended before lunch and she's never been away from home all day so this will be a first.
So much is new and different for my baby. As for me...well I'm far more relaxed, prepared and calm about it than I was two years ago when my son started school as you will see from this post http://bit.ly/18mgKE2. Bu t I'm not going to lie, the thought of BOTH kids being gone all day makes me sad. It's a long school day and they are so young. So as we prepare to go to orientation today, I'm going to hold my baby's hand and give it that squeeze she needs for confidence. I'm going to point out all the wonderful things about school and then I'm going to try not to cry.