I woke up yesterday morning a nervous wreck, because how could my baby possibly be old enough to leave me and go off to school? But alas the time came, and we pulled up to the school with zero hesitations from Miss Hallie Anne.
She was so excited to see her teachers and play with her friends she could hardly contain her elation. So much so that she awoke at the early hour of 4am to ask me if it was time for school yet.
Once we had a few more hours of sleep, had a fun owl shaped nutella breakfast treat (THANKS PINTEREST) and snapped a few photos it was time for school! Despite what the sign says, she told me on the way there she was most excited to drink from the water fountain!
When we arrived I asked Hallie if she knew where her backpack went. She looked down at all the storage bins for the backpacks found her name and said “Here this one says Hallie”, tossed her backpack in and ran inside. First off, I had no idea she could recognize her name and secondly I actually had to call her back to give us hugs and kisses. She is such a brave girl and though I was sad to see her go and felt like I was missing a limb all day, I was so proud of her!
If it weren’t for the fact that the first week of school the kids have early release, I am not sure I would have made it until it was time to pick her up! Finally the time came and I was embarrassingly the first Mom there! At first I just peeked in at her, and she was doing so good! Playing nicely and she even listened when the teachers called all the kids over for a last story before pickup, and was the first kid on the carpet!
When she saw me she beamed and that hug you guys, made the whole time apart worth it! I think it was the best hug she has ever given me. The first thing she told me was that she learned there was no running inside. Only outside. Then she told me about how she played with orange play-doh “Tia Joyce’s favorite color” and how she shared a toy dog with her friend Kylie. It was so sweet hearing her talk all about her friends and what she learned. I even got to hear the cutest rendition of “the itsy bitsy spider” from her music class. But the best anecdote I got from her day was that water fountain she was so excited to drink from “squirted me right in the face!”
I am just so thankful for the teachers and staff at Hallie’s school. She had such a great day and just can’t wait to go back Thursday!
Now enjoy some more photos of Hallie thanks to Purple Moments Photography!