We woke up to cooler temperatures this morning – in the 70’s. Compared to last weeks 100’s, that’s pretty cool. It kind of feels like the beginning of Fall out there. Though I know that (thankfully) there still IS some Summer left. But, for us, school starts next week.!
WOW! Can you believe it?! It feels like we just got out for Summer break and now we’re talking about getting school supplies and bus schedules! Yes, my baby is heading off to Kindergarten this year and this mamma is having a rough time with it. I know that she’s ready and truth is…I’m not. I think this first step in her educational career is a tough one. To think about school, grades, friends, homework, playground…it’s a lot for a little girl. But, she’s growing and is ready for that interaction and learning. She’s already reading a little and has a hunger for learning more.
Ella is also growing emotionally. The preschooler that I’ve known for a while, is now turning into a big girl with big thoughts. She talks about clothes and music, friends and God. She’s constantly surprising me with her depth of knowledge for the things she talks about.
She has been asking for a while to get her ears pierced, but wasn’t really quite ready…until a week ago. After actually seeing a little girl in the mall get her ears pierced, she decided that she was ready and began saving up her money to go get them done. I really thought she’d change her mind, so we waited about 2 weeks before letting her get them done. The day came and she was brave as can be, she picked out the earrings she wanted, hopped up into the chair and grabbed my hand. The first ear provoked a little frown, but it was quickly replaced with a huge, proud smile when the 2nd ear was complete.
Here she is right after. All smiles and NO tears! I was so happy and proud (and a bit surprised!)! She was so excited to have her new earrings in and was already picking out what she’d put in them once they were healed in 6-8 weeks.
She’s already told me about 100 times how much she loves her new earrings and how proud she is of herself and has been taking care of them all by herself. I think this was a huge self-confidence booster for her and proves to me just how much she is growing. So, when the first day of Kindergarten comes next week, and my baby is waving good-bye from the door with her pretty, pink, sparkly earrings, I’m going to feel a little better knowing that she is ready for this next step. I just hope that I am.