It has been a big week for us - my little girl started 'big' school.
I remember the moment the elevator door opened in the hospital six years ago. I was sitting in the wheel chair, precious wrapped pink bundle in my lap, holding tightly, the most special gift I had ever received. I was being moved from the delivery ward to our room to begin our life together.
The moment the doors opened, for some reason I was struck with the most powerful of emotions and ones that I will never forget. Tears instantly filled my eyes. I struggle to put those feelings into words. I felt instantly, the responsibility I now had, wrapped together with sheer joy and also a very real sense that this little soul was being entrusted into my care. In that second, I also had a very acute awareness of all the little babies being born, and that had ever been born, and the different ways in which they would all experience the world and be cared for (or not). And what if my precious little pink bundle had arrived into another family?? I held her tighter.
It was a moment I won't forget.
Like the first drive home from hospital, thinking about how life would now be.
Blowing candles out on her first birthday.
The first time she fell and scrapped her precious little face in the dirt.
The first time I left her with someone else.
They all feel like yesterday. Time is flying by.
Now I have a few new memories to add to our collection of moments. First day of school memories. I often wonder which moments will stick in her mind. What will the teacher say or do that will resonate with her for years to come.
I have made this little set of card pages for her journal this week, and would love you to have them too. Click on any of the images on this page, and you can download them for free from Google Drive. They are for your personal use only. I am going to encourage my daughter to draw a picture on each page to record her feelings and thoughts about the first week of big school! We will also print out some of the many photos we have taken and I will write down some little anecdotes for her to look back on in years to come.