Stilettos and Diapers: The First of the First Days.

8.26.2013

The First of the First Days.

My Cooperman,

I never thought it would be this hard to send you to school. To trust someone else to take care of you. You've spent nearly every day of your life with me and I really don't want it any other way. 

In my mind, you're still the snuggly little baby that I carried for nearly 10 months, labored 36 hours for and brought home from the hospital. Today, I have no choice but to realize that you aren't that baby anymore. That I can't open every wrapper for you, button your pants every time you get dressed or scoop you up every time you fall down. 

Your excitement the past few days has shown me just how grown up you really are. You've asked lots of questions. You've picked right up on how to open your own yogurt and wipe your own butt. I'm sure you've been able to do this for quite some time, but I finally let you be a big boy. And I'm so proud of you.
I didn't keep it together for very long after we dropped you off this morning and our eyes are glistening in every picture. You hugged us both and yelled "don't be a stranger!" as we left. Thanks for making me laugh like you always do. 


Right now, you just left lunch and are headed to math. I know it because I have your class schedule on my desk. I told daddy that I wanted to sit in the parking lot and watch you on the playground. As I said it, I realized people would probably call the police on me, so I came home instead. I am looking forward to spending some time with your brother, just like the solo time I got to spend with you. Although, he's currently napping and there's not much I wouldn't give to hear you talking my ears off right now. 

I can't wait to see how much you learn and how much you grow over this school year. You soak up information like a sponge, so I know I'm going to be completely blown away by you. You're going to make your teacher laugh and teach your friends some serious dance moves.  I don't know how I could be more proud, but I think it will happen. 

I love you, Cooper. My baby, who isn't quite a baby anymore. Go be a big boy. Mommy will be thinking of you every second. 

15 comments:

  1. Gosh! Crying my eyes out and I don't even "know" him. I cannot imagine sending my bitty baby to Kindergarten already though. Phew. Slow down time. It does seem that he was a bitty baby not that long ago though. Go Cooper, I know he will be the highlight of his teacher's year! I am sure of it!

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  2. This is so sweet, Molly! I'm sure he's the rockstar of the class already :)

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  3. How sweet, Molly!! I'm so glad I still have four years till kindergarten. Although, I cried when Millie went to MDO for the first time last week. <----sappy

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  4. Awww, I still struggle and mine are 4 & 7! Love the little chalkboard and wow 2026 seems so far away!

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  5. It's the hardest thing ever! I cried every day for a week last year when Jasper started kindergarten. Today i did good and only cried for 5 min after I dropped him off for first grade. But I did definitely do a drive by twice during recess and I'm currently watching the clock waiting till 3:30. It's SO HARD!

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  6. SO sweet. And sad. And happy. Coop is growing up!

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  7. I thought perhaps my L would be a little hesitant to leave, but it was me who was hesitant. This time does come around too fast! Best of luck to Cooper on his first year of school!

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  8. Aww! This post had me tearing up and then I read his "Don't be a stranger!" HA! Too funny! Hope his first day went well.

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  9. Sobbing like a baby and it's not even my kid! :) Beautifully written and so touching. This is how I feel every year! I have one in 5th and one that just started kindergarten. I'm hanging on to my baby at home (20 months) and praying that somehow I could freeze time or maybe I just need to keep having babies :) Cherish every minute because it ALL goes so fast.

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  10. Awww...they do grow up so fast. It is hard to adjust to not having them home and having to trust that a stranger will take care of them. I hope his first day was a blast!

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  11. What a handsome little man! Time passes way too fast with little ones. My son is about to be 7 months and they've gone by way too quickly! I can't even imagine what it will be like when he starts school. I'm sure that bridge will be here before I know it. Slow down, little ones!!! Lol

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  12. This is so precious! I love the pics. He's so funny, I love that he said don't be a stranger. What a cutie!!!

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  13. Oh so cute! I can feel your pain...we just brought our little Cruz back to daycare for the first time in 9 months and it's painful! How I wish I could spend the days with him....and not have to work. Keep a smile on that face!

    Katie

    www.yellowmangolife.blogspot.com

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  14. You made me cry at my desk! I love this & your son is the cutest!

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  15. This is just too sweet Molly! I had to drop my daughter off for the first day of Kindergarten today so I understand all these feelings. It's so hard.

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