Well, Olivia belongs to the public school system now.
She is a Kindergarten Champion!
She was up and at 'em this morning, dressed, shoes on, and her backpack around her back before I even got out of the shower. It was the longest wait until school started! She did allow me to do her hair, but complained because I was taking "such a long time." I was just happy we got through it without any tears!
As we got into the car, I asked her if she was nervous at all. She threw her arms out and exclaimed "No! I'm just SO EXCIIIIIIIIITTTTTEEED!" And she was. She marched into that school with absolutely no problem. Found her desk, allowed me to take a picture, and got to work drawing her name. She didn't even look back at me as I left.
And I'm excited for her. I would so much rather she shoo me out the door then be nervous at all.
I don't know who was more devestated by this turn of events, me or Katelyn. She'd climbed right up on the chair next to her sister, ready to go to school, too. I had to drag her away, crying and reaching and pointing for "Ya-Ya! Ya-Ya!" Which is, of course, her way of saying Olivia. I don't think she knew why we were actually leaving her big sister and play-mate in that strange place, but she definitely didn't like it. Which was exactly Olivia's reaction when it was K.J.'s turn three years ago. They just love and depend on their big friend so much. So it was super sweet and super sad. I tried to reassure her, but that didn't help at all. Once we started driving away, she totally lost it, and sobbed for "Ya-Ya!" all the way home. Poor Katee. It's gonna be a different experience just the two of us.
So, Olivia the Great is on her way. I am excited for her. I'll miss her company these few hours while she's gone, because she's just such great company, but thank heavens they give us Kindergarten to adjust to the new way things are going to be. Pictures tonight!
Good luck, Olivia!
I just love being a Mom!