Ssshhhhhh we’re sleeping!
And so it begins…the era of School Days. Our lives will forever be changed. Early mornings, frantic last minute searches for Perry’s favorite bow,early morning lunch-crafting (seriously, it should be called crafting because have you seen all the things those Pinterest moms do to their kids lunches!?) and the hurried shuffle from here to there…
OK, that’s a bit dramatic seeing as how Perry’s only 22 months and will only be going to “pre-school” one day a week. But seriously, these days are flying by and those frantic, homework- searching, folder signing mornings will be here before I know it!
I’ve been trying pretty hard to keep it together since Perry started school last week. (Side note: she was supposed to start the week prior but the school made a little mistake and it was a very traumatic experience for this momma and toddler.) Months ago when I signed her up I remember thinking how great this was going to be because of how much stuff I would get done. And while that’s still true, I’m not sure I was prepared for my little girl to be at school ALL day long. The house is so quiet and there is definitely be a gigantic hole in my day that she normally would fill with requests for fishies, tea parties, and basketball “games”. Instead of focusing on how much I miss her though, I’m trying to focus on how much she will learn, how she will grow and seeing the joy on her face when she gets back in my car every Tuesday. Last week for instance, she just loved it! No tears until pick up time because who wants to leave all these new friends and fun… She did a little painting for us and kept holding it up with pride and saying “momma momma”. Gosh, I love that little babe.
Part of me aches for her to stay little forever, but the other part is looking forward to watching her grow into a young lady. She’s changing right before my eyes and growing to be so independent. This motherhood thing, y’all – every decision, every milestone, every “next step” tears you in two different directions. The yearning for constant and change all at the same time.
If you need me on any given Tuesday, I’ll be thumbing through the thousand of pictures of Perry on my phone…
And of course, there were the photos from the “first day gone wrong”.
Perry Olivia | 22 months | first day of “school”… really more like MDO
I can’t begin to put into words how much she has made me grow, how much she has taught me to live more simply and love more deeply. She has truly changed my life.
Her laughter is enough to make me stop in my tracks and can halt any rough moment. The unexpected hugs and eskimo kisses send my heart into a flurry.
These past few weeks, she has clung to me like a spider monkey. To be honest, there are many moments where I just want her to sit and play independently rather than climb all over me like her own personal jungle gym while feeding me gold fish (because you know what, I don’t really like gold fish). Some days I count down until Jon will walk through the door so that he can take her from me for just 5 seconds… Then the mommy guilt creeps in. I swear I’m like bipolar momma- as soon as her attention is off of me and onto something else I miss her and want her back to myself.
Lately she has been talking up a storm and copies most everything I do. She holds her own little conversations with her baby and loves carbs (she’s my daughter after all). She hates to be dirty and wipes her hands and mouth with a napkin after almost every bite.
There is nothing better and more rewarding than being her mom. Through the frustration, full on tantrums for no reason what-so-ever, and everything in between, I still wouldn’t change a thing. I’ve always wanted to be a mom- to hold my own little babe close and love her unconditionally. I’m so blessed to have a husband who supports his girls and provides relief in the evenings… and of course brings pizza home when I just can’t pull it together enough to get dinner on the table.
Perry Olivia | 22 months
I decided it’s time to do a little BOW GIVEAWAY! All you have to do is head over and like Lattes & Lullabies on Facebook, then comment on the FB giveaway post with your favorite bow. A winner will receive 3 bows or headbands of their choice. Giveaway ends Friday, Sept. 19 at 12:00am and a winner will be chosen at random.
*If you don’t have a little babe, that’s ok. They make perfect gifts!
"Meet the Teacher" pictures obviously didn’t go as planned… nor did the outfit. She just really loves her boots and so I pick my battles.