As the weekend arrives and the end of Lil G’s first week back to school closes I can’t help but feel a little emotional. Until a few days ago I was the proud mummy to a receptioner, a little boy who survived his first year at school and has coped so well with the twoing and frowing of the summer holidays. A combination of holiday clubs, Nanny & Grandad and of course time spent with Mr H and I. And look at him now.
Our gorgeous boy took his return to school in his stride, excited to see his friends, work with his new teachers and show off his new lunch box. I won’t lie he was a little more excited about showing off his new lunch box and shoes than he was anything else, I guess that’s a good thing right? Just look at his face…
So is it just me that feels a little emotional about him becoming a Year 1 student? We arrived home from our holiday on Sunday evening with just a day to get ourselves ready. As I ironed the labels into his uniform, stuck them on to book bags and bottles I felt a little tug at my side. Lil G, with his suntanned face was looking up at me, he wanted to help. He started to lay out his school uniform with his Tuesday pants and new socks to match. Bless his little heart he was so excited. This boy is growing up far too quickly.
I wasn’t worried about him walking though the gates like I was this time last year, or that he was ready for the adventure ahead. I wasn’t concerned about whether or not he would come home with his school coat or jumper, and the thought to call the school at lunch time to see how he was never crossed my mind. This boy truly is amazing and makes me so proud each day.
As we walked through the gates on his first day I couldn’t help but notice how big he looked against all the new reception children. His little face, he looked so grown up, his legs were so much longer than the little ones, his jumper and book bag seemed to fit him, his confidence was oozing out of him and I couldn’t help but smile. When did he get so big? His lovely teacher thought the same. This little fella was taking some big steps but for the first time since he started school I actually felt like he fit those footsteps.
Lil G is now a Year 1 pupil of his little infants school, with two of the most loveliest teachers we could wish for, and a budding friendship group who have already developed the strongest bond. Year one we are ready for you.