Ava’s First Day of Kindergarten

As a mom you are continually discovering new parts of your heart that you never knew existed.  When your baby is first born you feel a love that you have never felt before, but that is only the beginning.  You find a new happiness the first time your baby smiles, or takes their first steps.  You find a new protectiveness the first time your baby stumbles and falls.  And then a new anger the first time your child hits someone.  That first time you break down as a new parent because you are just too exhausted and feel overwhelmed you find a new strength that picks you back up and tells you that you can do it.

Today I found the part of my heart that has to let go of your hand and let you walk away for the first time. It is the part of my heart that has a complex mixture of sadness, joy and pride. I remember back when you were brand new, just a few weeks old.  It was early January.  Your dad had just gone back to work for the first time since you were born, these were our first few days alone together.  I would sit on our couch in the living room feeding you and letting you sleep on my chest throughout the day.  From our spot on the couch I could see the neighborhood kids line up for the school bus in the morning and hop off in the afternoons.  I remember watching those kids as I held my brand new baby and wondering how I would ever let you walk onto one of those buses and leave me for the day.  I couldn’t imagine letting you go out into the world like that without me there with you.  Letting someone else care for you for several hours a day.  My heart could not handle the thought of it then, and honestly, it still can’t now.

As I let go of your sweet hand for your first day of Kindergarten I feel so proud of the person that you are right now.  You hold such joy in your heart.  A joy that is sweet and pure.  You love to sing and dance and will perform for anyone that will watch you.  You have such a strong desire to learn and understand the world around you.  Fairness and equality are attributes in the world that you strive for.  My hope is that you never lose any of these traits.  Don’t let this world sink its claws into you are take these amazing parts of you that make you who you are. I promise to continue to do my part as your mom to teach you how to stay true to who you are and how to handle this crazy world that we live in.

While you are at school today my mama heart will break just a little bit.  I will lovingly think back on the days of just you and me on that couch, where nothing else in world mattered but the two of us.   You were my everything and I was yours.  I will let out a few tears of sadness at the reality that this chapter of our lives is closing.  But I will also cry a few tears of pride and happiness at the excitement of what is to come next for you.  You will change this world, I am sure of that and this is the first step in allowing you to do so.  Go be brave and strong little one.  This mama will wipe her tears, pick herself up and be ready for you with a big hug when you come home.



  1. Rachel Teodoro

    September 6, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Very bittersweet. Trust me, it goes fast! My baby is off at college now!

    1. keziah

      September 6, 2017 at 11:11 pm

      I cannot even imagine!

  2. Ana

    September 6, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    My last baby starts school next year. Even though that happens next Fall, I am just sure that I will not be ready to let him go. My daughter started school early and she has loved every bit of it. Now in 2nd grade, she has been given many special experiences by very special teachers. She has grown socially and her knowledge is expanding greatly. It was a difficult decision to let her go early but I don’t regret it.

    1. keziah

      September 6, 2017 at 11:22 pm

      She absolutely loves being there which makes it so much easier!

  3. Rose

    September 6, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    I had one in kindergarten last year (my 3rd child) and one more to go next year. Last year my daughter was excited to go but, when she looked back at me from inside I could see the tears in her eyes. When she came home she told me she was sad. The 2nd day I gave her a bracelet or necklace that she could remember me with during her time at school.

    1. keziah

      September 6, 2017 at 11:23 pm

      Oh I love that! She gave me one of those looks too, I had to blow a kiss and turn away quickly so she wouldn’t see the tears in my eyes too.

  4. Margaret Westhoff

    September 6, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Aww, what a sweet post! I cannot imagine the emotions I will feel when my little ones start kindergarten. Such a milestone!

    1. keziah

      September 6, 2017 at 11:24 pm

      I really crept up on my. I was totally fine until the day before she started, then I just couldnt seem to get it together!

  5. Denise Thomas (@seattlejune)

    September 6, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Good luck with the year! It’s such a special time in her life.

    1. keziah

      September 6, 2017 at 11:28 pm

      Thank you, she could not be more excited!

  6. Kellie

    September 7, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    This will be me next year. I always say that motherhood is the only job in which the end goal is to work ourselves out of a job! It’s hard but ultimately autonomy is SO good for our kids.

    1. keziah

      September 7, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      It is so true! And honestly I love having a little extra free time to myself, but it is still hard coming to terms with her growing up.

  7. MelissaMelis

    September 9, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    This is a sweet post for this milestone! I hope she had a great first day!

    1. keziah

      September 11, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      Ah thank you! She is loving school!

  8. Kavita Singh

    September 12, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Awww, hugs mama. My toddler will soon start school too and I am already too emotional about it. It is beautifully written.

    1. keziah

      September 12, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      Thank you so much! I still tear up each time I think about how fast she is growing up.

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