First Day Jitters

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Sometimes we’re ready for the stuff that comes our way. At other times we have to get ready. My first baby started elementary school yesterday. I had so much anxiety about it all. I was totally nervous about him fitting in, making friends and all of that.Β  Preschool was one thing but this…this is big kid school. My heart would race just thinking about it.

When we pulled up to the school parking lot, my son took a look at all of the cars in the lot and said “there’s a lot of students here”. I could tell he was getting nervous. Up until then he had nothing but excitement in his voice. He was looking forward to meeting new friends. As we walked to the lineup for his class he held my hand and stayed close. He always holds my hand but this day it was different.

jk first day lamar momOnce we entered his classroom we found his name and got his things situated. We took a few pictures and he just looked around his new classroom, attempting to get himself used to this new space.

jk first day nervous

I told him that Mommy and Daddy would be leaving soon. He wanted to know why I was leaving him. Yep, he was nervous. We re-assured him that we’d be back to get him and ready to hear all about his day. He was alright. Still anxious, but OK.

jk first day lamar sticker momI’m not crying. He thought it was a good idea to put a sticker on my eye. I thought it was a good idea to let him. πŸ™‚

It was hard for me to leave him there. When he was in daycare, I transitioned him. I was there with him every day for four weeks before I went back to work. I wanted to make sure he was comfortable with everyone and I wanted to make sure I was as well. During that time, I got to know the teachers really well. By the time I left him there, I felt like I was a part of the staff. I still keep in touch with his teachers from day care.

When he started preschool, I didn’t get a chance to do the same transition phase obviously. I guess that was my dry run for now. It was easier because it was preschool. All of the kids were the same age. It wasn’t BIG kid school.

I thought I’d be one of the moms that cries. I didn’t. I just smiled the whole time. My tears wouldn’t have helped anyone. Instead of allowing my eyes to fill, I chose to feel the fullness in my heart instead. It is indeed full.

How did the first day of school go for you?

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54 Responses to First Day Jitters
  1. Masshole Mommy
    September 3, 2014 | 7:25 am

    My boys were nervous about their first day last week. Everything went ok, like I figured!

  2. Mrs. Pancakes
    September 3, 2014 | 7:50 am

    awww…love this and how you were able to capture this. i am so scared of this day…but what a great time for the kids.

  3. Lori Gunn
    September 3, 2014 | 8:35 am

    I still remember my first day at kindergarten! At last I was able to go to the same school my big sister attended. My mom taught at a different school, so she left me with a cheery smile, hug, and a wave. My kids were enthusiastic about kindergarten and all the things they were going to learn. It was hard for me when the youngest started school, but he had a blast.

  4. Dawn
    September 3, 2014 | 10:23 am

    Yep. There’s nothing quite like that very first day of school. It is both exciting horrifying for the kids and the parents. It’s one of the BIG milestones in a child’s life.

  5. lisa
    September 3, 2014 | 10:23 am

    I’m good with first days now at 3rd and 7th grades. It’s when the twins start preschool that I will be wreck.

  6. Krissy
    September 3, 2014 | 11:10 am

    first day was a breeze for us because she spent the summer there so on the 25th the main difference was the uniforms. I’m excited to see what kindergarten has in store for my girl

  7. Pam
    September 3, 2014 | 2:41 pm

    The first day at elementary school is a big day! Preschool is very tiny in comparison! I hope the school year goes well for him! I’m sure he’ll make a lot of friends, he seems like a nice outgoing kid!

  8. Tracey
    September 3, 2014 | 5:09 pm

    I loved that you were able to capture your son’s first day! It is a nice memory to have it down in blog form!

  9. deb
    September 3, 2014 | 6:28 pm

    Awwww. Such a big day. Wishing you both a fabulous school year.

  10. Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy
    September 3, 2014 | 6:40 pm

    Fist day jitters are terrible for kids and their moms. I was a mess when my first one started kindergarten.

  11. Marina
    September 3, 2014 | 6:41 pm

    My first child’s first day of school was horrible for me. My baby was a trooper, though.

  12. Rosey
    September 3, 2014 | 7:07 pm

    My little one was excited (1st grade), my daughter bummed (10th grade), haha, that’s just an age thing. πŸ˜‰

    Your little man looks adorable.

  13. Tamara
    September 3, 2014 | 7:52 pm

    Scarlet starts kindergarten on Friday and Des starts daycare next Tuesday.
    I’m NOT ok with it! Not! They are ready, though. And once this ship sails, I think I’ll feel better. The anticipation is hard.

  14. Carly Anderson
    September 3, 2014 | 8:03 pm

    Filling your heart was definitely a better idea. πŸ™‚ My daughter started preschool last week, and she gets to ride the bus. Needless to say, I cried when she got on.

  15. Shop with Me Mama (Kim)
    September 3, 2014 | 9:06 pm

    Soo cute! My kids did well on their first day back today!!

  16. April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition
    September 4, 2014 | 3:15 am

    I remember dropping my oldest off for kindergarten. I worried about all the same things you did but she went in, sat down, and started on drawing a picture. I had to tell her that I was leaving because she was so engrossed and that’s when I realized I had no reason to worry about her. She’s in her last semester of college now!

  17. Brett
    September 4, 2014 | 7:20 am

    it’s a huge milestone in their little lives, and for sure a powerful one. it’s a step towards independence. my littlest started full day kindergarten this year and i was so sad for me, happy for her. i’ve had a kid home with me for 9 years and suddenly i’m alone!

  18. Brandy
    September 4, 2014 | 8:10 am

    My older two were wicked nervous; one transferred here this year as she just moved in with us from her Moms (my step daughter) the other is my daughter both heading to a “new to them” school this year, because my daughter is now at middle school. My younger two, the boys…. well my older of the two sons did fine, but my youngest is still having anxiety leaving me. Thankfully this is day two of dropping him without tears, just him looking a wee bit anxious but NO tears. Thank God.

  19. Krystal
    September 4, 2014 | 8:20 am

    What a sweet photo! Happy back to school everyone!

  20. Liz Mays
    September 4, 2014 | 9:37 am

    I was a big sobbing, bawling puddle of tears with both of my kids every single year all the way until the present time. I still cry when I leave them or they leave me from a visit.

  21. Christie
    September 4, 2014 | 9:55 am

    I wish I could say I didn’t cry either. But tears fell when my boy left me

  22. veronica
    September 4, 2014 | 10:34 am

    Awww. He is too cute! First day is always a bit nerving. Looks like he will be just fine

  23. Everyday Living with Chrys
    September 4, 2014 | 11:09 am

    First days of anything are always hard.

  24. Shell
    September 4, 2014 | 12:14 pm

    Tears just seem to upset the kids. My boys did great on their first days!

  25. Dina
    September 4, 2014 | 3:05 pm

    Love the first day of school! It’s hard on us all though. But for a work at home mom it sure makes it easier to think.

  26. Amanda
    September 4, 2014 | 3:22 pm

    What a handsome man! Both of my kids started school today and they were fine, but I wasn’t. My heart was so heavy πŸ™

  27. Lindsay
    September 4, 2014 | 3:50 pm

    Awww so sweet! I bet he will have a great school year πŸ™‚

  28. Leah
    September 4, 2014 | 4:33 pm

    Aww! He is so adorable. I’m glad you BOTH made it through that first day. I’m dreading the day my son has to go to big kid school too. Thankfully we have a couple years yet…but I already think about it often! LOL πŸ™‚ Good for you guys! I bet he’ll love school.

  29. Brenda
    September 4, 2014 | 4:36 pm

    Aw! That’s so cute! I love the idea of having photos for the first day! I love looking at my photos from my first day!

  30. Debbie L.
    September 4, 2014 | 5:14 pm

    The first day of school for our kids – I don’t know who was more scare them or us.

  31. Laurel Wads
    September 4, 2014 | 5:36 pm

    My kids are to young for school still but soon enough I will be in your shoes, I’m nervous already just thinking about it!

  32. Rebekah
    September 4, 2014 | 6:18 pm

    Aw I’m with yah… my son started kindergarten this week and it was hard – harder than daycare because that just seemed more controlled, I don’t know why… They will love it β™₯

  33. Barbie's Beauty Bits
    September 4, 2014 | 6:37 pm

    That was awesome that you were able to capture this, what great memories for you. The first day of school can be scary, but they’ll love it!

  34. fatima
    September 4, 2014 | 7:23 pm

    aww so cute!! I hope he had a great first day!

  35. Stefany
    September 4, 2014 | 7:31 pm

    My daughter started Kindergarten this year. I did really well with her transition. I did cry when my son started a few years ago but didn’t this time. When the baby starts school though, oh boy, I will be a mess!

  36. Karissa
    September 4, 2014 | 7:40 pm

    My daughter started 2nd grade this year. I always get a bit nervous about how her first day will go but she always does great I guess that’s just part of being a mom. Worrying about our little ones.

  37. Chrissy
    September 4, 2014 | 7:45 pm

    After reading most of the comments I must be the minority here. I was thrilled for my dude to finally start school. He was bored with us, I’m sure! haha He was the first in the door, had a nice chat with his teacher then waved us goodbye. Now we have had a few hiccups since he started a few weeks ago, but he’s getting the hang of it. πŸ™‚

  38. fancygrlnancy (Nancy Partin)
    September 4, 2014 | 9:30 pm

    My toddler started preschool this year and I cried… not in front of him, but when I left. It took less then a week to adjust for him and he is doing great. My 1st grader is doing awesome.. last year in Kindergarten it was rough and we both cried lots.

  39. Michelle
    September 5, 2014 | 12:56 am

    Awww…that must be so hard! Congratulations to you both on making that milestone. πŸ™‚

  40. Jenna @ A Savory Feast
    September 5, 2014 | 6:11 am

    I hope the transition goes well for both of you! I laughed at the picture where he put a sticker on your eye! It totally looked like you were crying at first.

  41. brita
    September 5, 2014 | 7:27 am

    Awww. This pictures are so stinkin’ cute. They grow up so fast don’t they!

  42. Jessica Doll
    September 5, 2014 | 9:58 am

    I think first day jitters are always normal at any age. The sticker on your eye made me laugh a little.

  43. Brooke @ You're In Brookelynn
    September 5, 2014 | 10:04 am

    I still get the first day jitters and I’m in college! Your little one is so cute, good luck to you both on this school year! πŸ™‚

  44. lauriel
    September 5, 2014 | 11:20 am

    Awww, congrats on your little man starting school! And congrats to you for being his smiling support. πŸ™‚

    xo,
    lauriel
    EyeForElegance.com

  45. Lauren
    September 5, 2014 | 11:23 am

    I had a twin brother so I am thankful I had a built in buddy system when I went to school! Thanks, mom!

  46. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
    September 5, 2014 | 11:38 am

    Awww bless! It looks like he had a good first day.

  47. Girl in Beta
    September 5, 2014 | 7:03 pm

    I don’t have kids, but I am really loving reading these posts from all the moms. I’m living vicariously, but I certainly can appreciate that it’s not easy, and that it’s hard watching your babies grow up.

    But looks like everyone had a great first day.

  48. Chriseten
    September 5, 2014 | 7:34 pm

    I’m surprised they let you stay at Daycare. The ones I used to work at used to kick parents out. Transitioning is such a better way. That being said, since you did it with daycare he’ll be fine for preschool. Good for you for not crying! I cried so bad with my oldest but with the next one I was fine. It is better when you don’t cry.

  49. Liv
    September 5, 2014 | 7:42 pm

    You were so brave!!! LOL at the sticker on his eye!! I love the chalk board that he was holding to mark the occasion. I would have been just as anxious. Cause it’s such a real step in their lives!!!

  50. kristin
    September 6, 2014 | 1:15 pm

    Those first days are always hard, so sweet to see how much you love your little man.

  51. YUMMommy
    September 6, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    The first day of school was rough for me and Moo. We both cried and then matters didn’t improve when found her outside in the pickup line bawling her eyes out because she had to experience the raft of the Mean Girls on her first day. Thankfully, things have greatly improved and we’re hoping they stay that way for the reminder of the school year.

  52. Debbie Denny
    September 6, 2014 | 7:15 pm

    Congrats on making it thru the day. A great accomplishment.

  53. Janice Trinh
    September 6, 2014 | 7:30 pm

    Aww. It’s always so nice when the little ones transition to school well. I hope he has a wonderful year!

  54. aleshea
    September 7, 2014 | 5:02 pm

    How exciting that he has started school. I pray it continues to go smoothly.

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