Have you ever thought about having another baby, just so you could have that extra time at home with your other children?
I'm not planning on having another one (right now - who knows what the future may hold). But as my first born approaches Kindergarten, I find myself holding her hand a little more often, giving her more cuddles and loving her up with extra kisses whenever I can. I know there will be many more nerve-wracking milestones ahead, but this one? This little milestone has been keeping me up at night.
I know she'll be alright. She's independent, she's social, and she loves to learn. But it's a whole new place, a much bigger place. She'll be surrounded by many new faces, and the friends she chooses could remain in her life for a very, very long time.
I've started to prepare my girl for her first day of Kindergarten, but this last weekend before the big day, I thought it would be good (for us both) to have a special day together - just mommy and dots (my husband's nickname for her, short for daughter - which I love).
Our day began with a little breakfast, and then off to the mall where we shopped like girlfriends, pointing out "cute" tops and dresses, and trying them on and showing them off for each other. My girl couldn't help herself when one of her favourite songs came on in a store - girlfriend danced and rocked out like nobody was watching!
|But of course she drew a small crowd, my little rock star|
Shopping was followed by a delicious lunch on a sun-dreched patio. Because it was a special day, she was thrilled when I ordered her a Shirley Temple. Her grin didn't leave her face the entire time she slurped the sweet bevvy.
After lunch we headed to a nail bar where we settled in for some pedicures. I wasn't sure how she would feel about having her cuticles pushed down, and her toenails filed, but she sat back and loved every moment of it. At one point I even thought she was going to fall asleep!
|What colour did she choose? Sparkly pink of course!|
After our pedis, we walked down to the Lonsdale Quay for some smoothies by the water. We snuggled up, sipped our shakes and enjoyed the view while reminiscing on our day together.
"I love spending time with just you mommy" she said. And at that moment, my heart melted. "Me too sweetheart, me too" I said as I squeezed her a little closer.
I've taken next week off so I can be there with her for her first few days, and I know she'll love Kindergarten. I think the hardest part for me is realizing that my little baby girl - the one who made me a mama, is growing up way too quickly. I hope that she'll make the right choices, that she'll make lots of friends, and that I've taught her everything she needs to know to prepare for this milestone in her life. And I know that this is only the first step.