Well, the day we've been talking about coming for a while now (basically since she was born), finally arrived! Mallory has been so excited about it and I honestly have too! I'm excited for her to be closer to us and for us to be able to have lunch during the week (her daycare - which we loved - was in another town so we are getting so much time back now). There are so many things to look forward to but I will say it all hit me like a ton of bricks this past weekend. We've been celebrating and doing so much fun things but when I sat down and was thinking about it all, I let myself let it all sink in that my baby was starting school! So crazy and for a little bit Saturday night, so sad! I let myself have a good cry and thought I was good but at church on Sunday morning, as we were singing "How Deep The Father's Love for Us", the tears came again. I was worshiping and thanking God for His love for us and praying for Mallory to have a great year and be a light for Him. All Sunday, I just held her close and enjoyed the extra snuggles I could get before she started school Monday.
Sunday night, Nana and Papa came over to see Mallory before she started school. Mallory had been performing gymnastics and dance routines for us most of the day Sunday so that is why she is wearing her leotard :)
Nana and Papa brought some sleepy dust to put under her pillow and she loved it! I'm so glad they came over to see her before school started!
Painting her nails was must before the first day!
Auntie let us borrow some books about Kindergarten so we read "The Night before Kindergarten" before bed.
We read, prayed together and then she fell right to sleep. We did put her to bed a lot earlier than usual and she said "I can't go to bed when it's light outside" :) but she was so exhausted that she had no problem going to sleep.
After she went to sleep, I put her lunch together. I included a little note to go in her lunchbox. I know she can't read it so I told her what it said Monday morning but she said she still liked having it in her lunch.
Monday morning - First Day - Mallory was up bright and early ready to go!!
Everybody got ready and we headed outside for the First Day photo shoot. Mallory couldn't wait to put her dress on because she's wanted to wear it since we bought and the day had finally come! I got it at Belk and love it!
My baby's First Day of Kindergarten!
Brian and I each got our picture with the Kindergartener
We headed to school and Mallory put her backpack on to head in
Holding Daddy's hand as they walked in
When we got close to her room, she looked at me and said "I'm scared." but she still walked right in and we found her seat. She found her cubbie to put her backpack and lunchbox in. We went back to her seat and opened the playdoh.
We knew that we couldn't linger with her because that is usually when she will start crying so we knew we would have to drop her off and leave pretty quickly. We got her all situated, got our kisses and I told her I would see her when I picked her up in the afternoon.
One last picture before leaving. Love that big smile!
Knowing that she was happy when we left helped me so much. I left with a smile on my face too and felt so much better leaving her. Brian was really good too but when we got back to the car, I did see a single tear roll down his cheek. He is a big softy who loves his little girl dearly.
We headed to Chiloso afterwards to drown our sorrows in breakfast tacos! Ha! We met The Ballards and The Loflands there and we were able to be with each other to help us all feel better! So thankful for sweet friends to share these moments with!
The day passed pretty quickly and then I got to take my first turn in the pickup line. This is what I've heard all about and now I was here.
I finally got my girl and we headed to Sonic to get a shake to celebrate us both making it through the day!!
She didn't say much at first and I asked a million and one questions. She said she had a good day and her favorite part was recess. She said she got to see her friend Layla at lunch and recess and that she didn't make any new friends but will tomorrow :) She got to go to the gym but didn't get to go to the library which she was really looking forward to so hopefully she will get to go soon.
We Face-timed with all of our family so she got tell everybody about her first day. She said she wanted to go back the next day so I call that success!
And on top of all that, we ended the day with the first practice of the Soccer.
It was a long, great day! Thank you to all who called, texted and sent us messages saying you were praying for us! I can't tell you how much we appreciate it and how much it helped!
Here's to Day 2!