My baby turned big boy had his first day of preschool today.
Oh man, looking at this picture now I just realized I sent my poor son to school with Hello Kitty tattoos on his forearms. Hopefully he won't hold that against me some day.
But, my goodness, how did he grow so big? (He would tell you it's because he eats his vegetables, all lies, unless you count chicken nuggets as a vegetable.) I just want to scoop up every inch of his gangly self, force him into a swaddle and rock him quietly in his room again. Knowing Camden and his love for all things Mommy, he would probably enjoy that.
It's taken Camden a little bit longer to get used to being away from me than Riley did, but over the last two months he slowly became excited about school. I think watching Riley go to school each day played a large part in that. All day today at random moments he cheered, "First day of school! First day of school!". He was a little more tentative as we made our way through the crowd to the door, but he gave me a confident "Goodbye Mom!" and sweet kiss before he walked in.
I was fine all day, probably because it was insanely busy here with all the kids. I was okay as we loaded up to take him to school and as I walked him up to the classroom door with flowers for his teacher. I bounced back to the car and then made the mistake of looking at the picture I snapped of him on my cell phone to send to the family. Something about those big backpacks on such small people always gets me. Mostly happy tears for the beginning of a fun and exciting time in his life, but yes some sad tears for this last-first milestone I'll ever celebrate with my children.
I was early to pick him up, and I enjoyed watching him play on the playground with some new friends. When he saw me I was rewarded with a loud, "MOMMY!" and very big hug around my knees. He couldn't wait to show me the picture frame he made and ask me if we were still going to "Sweet Frogs". Watching him devour his brownie batter (all me) yogurt with gummy frogs and marshmallow toppings (all TG) was the perfect way to end the special day.
You are the smartest, sweetest, funniest little man I have ever known. We all love you dearly and enjoy everything about you - from your hilarious one liners to your rough and tumble nature. We can't wait to watch you grow and see all you learn this year. I love you to the moon, and back again.