“My Baby Is Growing Up!”

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Ok, so I am not actually a huge fan of cliches, contrary to the title of this post, but this cliche statement along with the type of emotions that it generally implies are so true for me at this moment! I just sent my “big girl” (in the pink in the picture above) to pre-school for the first time today! She’s 4, and it is the first time that I’ve sent her off to do anything on her own like this. I am absolutely thrilled that she will get such a great opportunity to learn Russian language and culture in the context of play, dance, and other fun educational activities, but at the same time, my mommy-heart is having a harder time letting her be a big-girl than I had imagined. Nobody told me that pre-school would be this hard! I was planning on feeling this way when she goes off and get’s married, but pre-school?!

Do you have a similar experience to share? What was your first “my baby is growing up” moment? I’d love to hear it!

(posted by: Ashley)

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5 Responses to ““My Baby Is Growing Up!””


  1. 1 Ana October 6, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    I understand exactly how you feel.

    I went Daycare-Scouting the other day so that Emma can have more time to spend with kids and learn Portuguese on the way, I thought we would make a nice routine and that things would work out nicely if I took her just for one a hour a day – that was 2 weeks ago and I still haven’t taken her.

    I thought I’d give her some time and take her until she started walking, funny thing, she started walking a week ago haha, I still don’t think I’M READY… :s

  2. 2 Shilo October 7, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    She’s precious!

  3. 3 Kimmy G. October 8, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Awwwww, I get it. I have emotional issues when I hear things like this from friends close to me about their kids. It is a big step and you never think much of it until it comes then WHAMM, you are saying goodbye and hoping they have a good part of their day. I am sure it is an adjustment period for a while, but you should be proud as you raised her thus far and she has good morals and knows right from wrong and is well adjusted and listens and goes potty on her own and eats on her own and probably gets herself dressed and you did all this thus far as her mom. Yea Go you!!!!!! Now she gets to sport all her skills at pre-school and learn even more. I really do hope you have a happy heart at least a little bit amongst the bits of saddness due to the fact that your child is growing up. If you have other kids now you get to spend some quality one on one time with them while the other is at school and I know they will cherrish that as much as you will. SMILE 🙂

  4. 4 RebeccaC October 8, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    I SOOOO understand what you’re saying! Two weeks ago, we dropped our oldest off at a school about 2 hours away. She’ll be teaching there until Christmas.

    Sarah is 16 and will be 17 in a couple of months and except for the occasional visit to the grandparents’ houses and summer camps, she’s never been away from home. This three-month separation has been an adjustment…for me. Sarah’s fine! I’m doing ok with it, but I’m still pulling out too many plates at mealtime and then sighing. Sigh.

    One thing’s for sure: Sarah not being here makes me pray for her a lot more often! Every time I think about her — which is pretty often — I lift her up in prayer. God is faithful!!!

  5. 5 Julie October 21, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Honestly, I am not looking forward to that day (coming up in a few months), but I AM proud that our little guy is growing in God’s image and that he’ll be able to learn more about life, relationships and our host culture!


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