Sunday, September 7, 2008

is it just me?

The teacher has been met, the school supplies have been brought to school, the snack is packed, the outfit has long been picked out, and Joelle can hardly wait for morning to come. Everything is ready...

...except for me!!

Up until a couple of weeks ago, I had only excitement about Joelle's upcoming start of kindergarten. But that has all changed, and now I have a wide variety of emotions about this new endeavor.

The biggest one being anxiousness. This evening I have had these knots in the pit of my stomach -- I couldn't even eat supper! -- as I think of what tomorrow is bringing.

Change. Adventure. Another step of my daughter growing up.

And I'm just not ready, plain and simple. Is it just me? Or do other mom's (and dad's) feel this way?

14 comments:

Kelly said...

Lyndsy just started preschool the other day (need to post it yet) and it left me in tears, tears, tears! She loved it though and is super excited to go back this week. It will all work out!

andrea said...

that's totally how it works! i think all this time waiting for it to happen, plays with our emotions and we have the time to think about it,makes it worse. she will love it...you will just love it too! i promise!

MamaGeek said...

It's NOT YOU. I feel this already and mine is only 2!

WAH.

Pam said...

Ashlyn doesn't go to schoo until next year and I ALREADY have those knots in my stomach and the anxiety over it all. I don't like it and I don't want her to be old enough to go to school! (sticking my fingers in m ears and saying la, la, la, la) I can't hear you tell me she has to go......

Louise said...

Nope its not just you, I remember when Noah went for his first day...I was the one holding back the tears not wanting my boy to go....now he is 10...sigh...they grow up too fast!! You will be fine, it is hard the first couple of days but once you see the enjoyment on her face it will all be worth it and you will start enjoying it too!!

Roo said...

OH YOU ARE NOT ALONE! not only do the mama's and papa's feel that way but also the AUNTIES and the SISTERS!

my nephews started school last week and i was feeling the butterflies. so hard! they love it and are having a blast.

and your little girlie will do great too! and her mama as well.

(and then you can help me through it. haha)

Anonymous said...

you'll be okay Andrea! She's going to have fun... and your house will be quieter!
Jackie

TammyIsBlessed said...

The first one is so hard!!

Watching her grow and learn this year will be amazing. She's excited (which will help make it a little bit easier) and it will be fabulous!

But you're allowed to cry!

Leeann said...

The anxiety will disappear and in it's place will be awe...
The things that kids learn and the amount of information that they can process...amazes me everyday.

Jen said...

Well, I don't have a kindergarten aged daughter just yet, but I did send her to pre-school last week for the first time and that WAS HARD! They said I had to have her bring a back pack and that just put me over the top. She looked so grown up. I don't know what I'm gonna do when she actually goes to school! AHHHH!

Margo said...

Today represents a huge shift in your lives - it's no surprise you're feeling the way you do! Your hesitancy to "let her go" just shows how much you love her and treasure your time with her. I'm sure she'll love Kindergarten, and that will give you joy as well. Blessings on both of you today!

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

If it makes you feel any better, it will be easier with the next child. I cried with Nathan (in the car), but didn't bat an eye with Grace. I was amazed that she was ready for school, and a bit nostalgic, but had none of the fears and anxiety I did with Nathan.

Xandra

Pamela said...

It is not just you! I hope the first day went well for both of you :) I still get misty eyed when I snap the back to school pics! But then again I cry at everything, lol!

Jenn said...

Definitely not just you! But I think it would be harder if they weren't so excited about it. For me, knowing E wants to be there gives me a great sense of calmness. Now if we can just make it through the first bus ride!