When Your Baby is Going to School

Looking up from under her too long bangs I see a little girl that wasn’t there two weeks ago. A girl who has grown from a toddler with cubby legs and rolls on her arms in to a little girl who runs everywhere, does everything quickly so she can get to the next thing, and asks, “why?” after every sentence because she needs to know.

She’s not a baby, she’s a big girl.

And in less than three weeks she’s going to school.

How did that happen?

I remember holding her tightly while we rocked in the big brown chair that my father bought me just after she was born, praying for relief from a demon I didn’t have a name for, but grateful for the peace her sleeping face gave me. I was certain I would never get through the pain or the loneliness.

But I did.

If I could hug her everyday, all day, I would.

She’s the reason I fought.

I remember her first steps, unsteady and wobbly, hands in front of her for balance, and the look on her face of determination and joy. She had it.

Now she marches around our living room with her backpack on, singing O’Canada, and tapping everything with a wand.

She asks every night when school starts, what her teachers name will be, who her friends will be.

She’s a bright, outgoing, spark and she loves everyone she meets. She’s ready for new friends and experiences.

There’s a readiness there and I see it. I know she’s going to do great, but I’m still worried for her.

What if?

So many of those.

But out of the corner of my eye I see she’s holding her lunch pail.

And I’m holding my breath.





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4 Responses to When Your Baby is Going to School
  1. Stefanie
    August 13, 2014 | 2:14 pm

    awww… oh and you’re welcome for O’Canada! lol!

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 14, 2014 | 1:14 pm

      THAT was all your fault!

  2. Carrie Baughcum
    August 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

    Oh my how time has flown by! How could this be? My mind is flooded with the stories you’ve shared…all those moments. She’s a big girl now! It is a hard step…this school thing. We let them go into the world. While there is still so much work for us to do to mold them into the adult they will become, there is much that is done. And school means a time for us to let go a bit and for us to hope that the little person we have helped mold will be amazing and others will see that too!! And we poor mothers have new things to worry about!! It is quite an adventure…isn’t it!!

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 14, 2014 | 1:14 pm

      I will always remember my very first picture on the blog of her flying high above my head. She was so small. You’re right, it’s an adventure, and it’s just beginning! Hang on!

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