Well, it happened. I missed a birthday letter to you. Somehow your 6th birthday came and went, and here we are 5+ months later and I never got around to writing one. But, today you had another big milestone that deserves a letter.
Today you started First Grade!
As I looked back over the last year (starting at the first day of kindergarten), I am blown away at how much you have grown. Not only physically (you are SO tall!), but even in pictures, I can see how much you have matured in the last year. I went back and read my letter to you on your 5th birthday, and I laughed at myself for being weepy that you were a “big” five year old. Five seems so little now. Now, SIX seems so grown up. AND in first grade!
Kindergarten started off a little rocky for you last year. And even though you had one of your little besties in class with you, I got several texts from your teacher that you were crying during the day. Mostly on the way to lunch, which seemed so odd to me. When I would ask you about what was making you sad, your response was “I just miss you so much.” Cue the waterworks. You have always been a mama’s girl, and kindergarten was a big adjustment for both of us. But, especially after Vivi moved away, you really became more independent and confident at school.
Speaking of moving away, last year was a tough one for you with friends moving. Not one, but two, of your little best friends moved away. And more than one night I spent holding you as you cried about missing them. It broke my heart, but I was also so thankful that even at such a young age you have been blessed with such amazing friendships. And thank goodness Bailey move BACK to Greenville in April!
This past year also brought another wonderful year of ballet. I have been blown away with how much you have grown as a dancer. Last year I felt like you barely paid attention to what Ms. Katie was teaching you. But this year you have been so much more attentive and focused on following her exact movements. The recital was danced to “Landslide”, and I may or may not have cried during the entire performance.
As much as you have grown and changed this past year, some things haven’t changed. You are still a mama’s girl through and through. You still LOVE to snuggle! You still wake up with a smile on your face every morning. You still have the sweetest laugh, and think “tooting” is the most hilarious thing ever (sometimes I think you have more potty humor than even your brother!). You are still painfully shy when you meet new people. You still cry. A lot. You still give the best hugs.
Today you started first grade. We read “First Day Jitters” and we drank jitter juice. We made lists of what you were excited about and what you were nervous about. You were so excited to put on your first day outfit and carry your new lunchbox. We took first day pictures and we were off. You were so brave and happy walking into the school. I could feel your grip tighten on my hand as we walked through your classroom door. And I could feel the tighter than normal squeeze in your good bye hug, and the lingering hold on my arm. But I knew prolonging the inevitable wouldn’t do either of us any good, so I gave you a quick kiss and left you at your table. You were all smiles getting off the bus this afternoon and said you had a GREAT day!
I am so proud of the big kid that you are becoming!
Happy 1st Day of 1st Grade Lizzie*
*You decided that you wanted me to put down ‘Lizzie’ not ‘Elizabeth’ for the “preferred name” on all of the school paperwork.
Too many photos to post from the last year, so I had to put them into a slideshow!