The first day

Today my little girl started primary school.  She woke up and raced into my room to wake me for cuddles, and we watched the sun rise out the window.  She went up to the glass for a closer look, and told me how pretty all the orange clouds were in the sky.  We lay in bed for a few mins, and she said she would miss me.  I said I’d miss her too, so much.

She couldn’t wait to get dressed!  We put on her uniform, and I did her hair with big bows, as requested.  She looked gorgeous and so happy.  I can’t believe my baby has grown up this fast.  I took these photos before it was time to leave.

The first day 1

The first day 1a

The short trip to school seemed even shorter than usual, and we jumped out of the car into the morning heat.  30 degrees at 9am, and a cloudy day for the start of the prep year.  Sophia approached her new school full of confidence!  I’m so very lucky I have never had to worry about her when it comes to leaving her – she has never cried at any daycare or preschool drop off.  Today was no exception.  It was my own tears I had to worry about this time!  But her excitement was infectious and she gave me butterflies.  We were early, and I took some more shots at school in the garden.

The first day 2

The first day 3

The first day 4

And then Sophia’s friend Amie arrived.  I have known Amie’s mummy since we were pregnant with the girls.  They attended the same preschool and are now in the same prep class – and very pleased about that!  They are the best of friends, and it’s been absolutely wonderful to see them grow up together.

The first day 5

The first day 6

The girls raced into the classroom and were quite eager for us to leave!  Somehow I managed to fight back tears in that moment of walking away.  I left a piece of my heart behind.  But I couldn’t be more proud to be her mummy, and I’m excited for everything she’ll learn, and the friends she’ll meet, and the person she’s becoming.  It’s the most amazing thing in the world.

Happy first day, my darling Sophia!

M x

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  1. Michelle February 3, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    Mel, that is gorgeous. I love the photos and your words brought a tear to my eye. She has grown up so quickly.

  2. Lisa Jay February 3, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    Such a special day! School is the most wonderful adventure for them. So lovely she already has a friend too!

  3. Mish February 3, 2014 at 11:59 am #

    The most beautiful first day of school photos I have ever seen. So excited for beautiful Sophia and you my gorgeous friend. xxxx

  4. Jen March 12, 2014 at 5:02 am #

    I know I’ve looked at these but obviously didn’t have time to comment. Mel, I’m with Mish – these are so beautiful and I hope that, as the weeks have flown by already, you’ve had time to capture other moments. Such a special time xx

  5. Dean March 21, 2014 at 10:59 am #

    My darling girl, that was beautiful to read and she has grown up so fast and is such a precious gorgeous girl. I can imagine the emotions you would have gone through that day. It was a gorgeous blog and the photos are priceless. Such a special time for you and her . D xxxx

  6. melriddell April 22, 2014 at 3:14 am #

    Michelle, Lisa, Mish and Jen, thank you so much for your beautiful words. It feels like such a huge milestone and I’m still a little sad that she’s at school all week. I miss having her sweet face around the house as much. She is loving her school, and has made some great friends. That certainly makes it much easier for me! xxx

    My dearest Dean, how gorgeous you are for writing here and I appreciate it so much. There are a crazy amount of emotions involved, and I’m just so relieved that she’s settled in well. Lots of love, and thank you! xoxo

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