To my darling little Jessica
Today was a big day for you – a little step into the world of independence as you went to preschool for the very first time. You looked so very grown-up in your preschool jumper. Surely it was only yesterday that you were a teeny tiny baby snuggled up to me. Now you’re a big girl and all excited about going to see the other children at preschool.
I was so proud of you as we approached the gate. You were beaming at everyone and waving to all the other children, saying “hello” to them all as though you’d been going for months. Nobody watching would have thought it was your very first day. You bypassed the cloakroom completely, rushing in to play with the toys, barely stopping still long enough for me to take off your coat and boots and give you a kiss goodbye. There was no need for me to linger. I could see instantly that you were in your element. That you were happy and had no need for me at that moment. A bittersweet moment for Mummy. I am so glad though that you have the self-confidence to take this moment in your stride. My Little Miss Independent.
The house seemed quieter this morning without you. The time passed a little more slowly. Sophie enjoyed her one-to-one time with Mummy. We missed your chatter, your singing, your questions and impulsive hugs. But I knew you would be having a wonderful time just a few minutes up the road.
You were all smiles when I came to pick you up at lunchtime. You said that you’d played with the kitchen and with Joshua and Lily and had also gone outside and seen a ladybird. When I spoke to the preschool later, they told me that there wasn’t a Joshua at the preschool (although there was a Lily). They also told me that you’d also played with Daisy Duck and Minnie Mouse dress-up figures and had been very chatty. You’d asked for Mummy when you were having a nappy change and said you wanted to cuddle Mummy. On the whole though, you’d been very happy.
I’m so glad that you enjoyed your first day at preschool. It’s a big milestone on your journey. You have endured so much just to reach this point. You are so self-confident, so loving, sociable and friendly. I pray that you will always be so. It is such a joy to see how much zest for life you have. How wonderful it is to see the world through your eyes, exciting and new, full of wonder and promise. I am so proud to be your mummy and to have had the joy of watching you grow and thrive. I wish time would slow down a little sometimes though. Whilst I love the little girl you are today more than I could ever say, I do also miss the baby and the toddler that you once were.
Well done little one for taking this first step out of Mummy’s world and into your own in your stride. I love you millions and billions.
Lots of love, Mummy xxxx
Linking in with Mum Turned Mom for this week’s The Prompt – “beginnings”