This sweet boy of mine is officially 11 months old today!! I can't believe that in one month we will be celebrating his FIRST BIRTHDAY! Where has the time gone?
Scout, at 11 months you are a ball of energy. Even your caregivers on Sunday morning say you can't be contained!! You are standing independently and have taken a few small steps... we are waiting with baited breath for the true walking to begin. You LOVE to play and laugh, especially at your biggies who are your greatest source of entertainment. You are an eating machine and rarely will stop before every last piece of food is gone... from the whole table! You love most anything, except the hard-boiled egg yolk I gave you this morning. I couldn't help but laugh at your repeated gagging... I guess one bite was enough! You love playing with anything that is not a toy, but your freedom is more important so we have moved all of Deacon's legos for you to have free-reign of the playroom. Funny enough, you sleep incredibly well in the pack-&-play in the study so we have let that go for now. I figure, why does it matter?? You love Scarlet, baths, crawling super fast, your freedom and eating. You despise diaper changes, things being taken away from you, and being "boxed" in (the saucer, swing, etc.) You are such a JOY and we are so thankful for you and your precious life!!
In other news, Kindergarten was a raging success yesterday... for everyone! D did an awesome job getting ready and being super excited in the morning. After I had snapped a few photos, he came over to the couch and looked at me, his eyes filled with tears. "I'm just gonna miss you too much to be gone all day now," he said. Of course my eyes filled instantly and I hugged him for a moment before I grabbed my camera. I didn't want him to see how sad I was to have him leave me all day, plus I really am so excited for him so we started taking pictures again instead.
By time we got to the school he was excited, and a little disgusted that there were so many people and we had to walk far :) We got inside and stood in the kinder "holding spot" until it was time to walk to class. When they were dismissed he walked straight back, talking to other kids and parents. *joy* All three of us walked into his room where he immediately found his nametag, cubby and the play blocks sitting in front of him. We hung around for a few minutes and when other parents started leaving, we kissed him and made our exit. He ROCKED!!!
When we got to the car, I had a few tears but that was pretty much it. He was amazing and I am so thankful for his confidence and excitement for school. When he got off the bus he was all smiles and so were we. FC loved meeting him at the bus stop and he told us about several exciting things about his day- friends, how to earn prizes from the treasure box, eating lunch, working on "homework", and recess. SUCCESS on day one of my new reality.
"The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not abandon the works of your hands."- Psalm 138:8
Sunday, August 21, 2011
"Guide me in your truth and teach me, O LORD,
for you are God my Father,
and my hope is in you all day long."- Psalm 25:5
Tomorrow is Deacon's first day of Kindergarten. I have been preparing for this day in one sense or another for 5 1/2 years... How did it sneak up on me so fast??
Deacon is ridiculously excited. Probably a little bit like his Mama, he seems to be good at school and looks forward to learning, playing and spending social time with others. Unlike his Mama, he has no reservations, no expectations, just pure excitement. I LOVE IT and it's going to make it so much easier to leave him tomorrow morning. Well, somewhat easier...
I remember watching friends get ready to send their kids off to kindergarten. The kiddos seemed so big at the playgroups as I looked down at my little toddler and yet, watching them walk down the street to and from the bus, they seemed like babies. That big kid walking away will be my baby tomorrow.
Tonight we prayed over so many things- over his school, his classroom, his teacher, his classmates, their protection and health and safety. We prayed for D's confidence and strength and excitement and friends. We asked the Father to keep His hand of love and protection over him. As we finished, I kissed his head as I always do, told him how much I love him and how excited and proud of him I am. He grabbed my hand as I turned to walk away and pulled me back. Instead of me opening up his hand and kissing him (like in The Kissing Hand and A Pocket Full of Kisses), he opened up my hand and kissed mine right in the middle of my palm. "I love you, Mama," he said to me.
... A precious picture of my biggest boy in all his sweet essence. Yes, he might be silly and crazy and frustrating and a rule-follower-to-a-fault, but I pray that he is all the Lord wants him to be at this exact moment in time. He has some amazing qualities and although I would love to keep them all to myself, the time has come to share those God-given qualities with others. I just pray that as he spends so much of his time in school now that he will bless his teachers and the other students like he has blessed us. That is all I can ask...