Now. I need to share my littlest's first day of school pictures. There are interested aunties and grandmas, you know. Charlotte is one excited little girl to be finally going to school! Last week while the big kids were in school she would pathetically wander around the house asking, "Is it time? Is it time to get Tylew and Liwly?" with droopy dog eyes. Very sad. Very adorable. We did have some fun at the park and having treats that the big kids didn't get, but it just wasn't the same as having her own place to go or having her siblings around to
Finally, we jumped in the car and headed towards school. As soon as we pulled into the parking lot, she informed me that I could drop her off and she would let herself into the building. I appreciate an independent minded four year old, I really do, but I'm pretty sure there are rules against that.
We got out of the car, she explored the playground and got in line to greet her teacher. There were lots of hugs. Charlotte is a cuddle bug, but I think it was too much hugging before 9:30am, she kept standing there, stiff backed while teachers hugged her, introduced themselves and said hello. She was friendly, but the hugging was a bit much, I guess. Once in the classroom, the Kay, Mom, you can go now's started again. At least one kid's mom looked at me enviously as her son melted down at her feet.
I stuck around until circle started, and noticed the only glimmer of self doubt. The kids started singing a song she didn't know. I could see the confidence slide from her face. She begins to fuss with her hair when she is uncomfortable. While the other kids did the movements to the song, she played with her ponytail. As soon as the song was over, she grinned at me, confidence back and I quickly exited the room. At this morning's drop off she waved me away as soon as she greeted her teacher. She didn't even look back. I love that big girl!