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Dear Zackery – Happy Day Before Kindergarten

I can’t believe you are getting so big. In less than 2 weeks you will be 5. Five, yes FIVE! In less than 24 hours you will be at your very first day of Kindergarten. Big boy school, not just preschool. This is real school, with classrooms and a library, a computer lab and a lunchroom. Wow, I just can’t believe it’s here. I know you are excited. I’m excited for you. I’m so proud of you and all that you have already learned. I can’t wait to see what you learn next.

I’m also a bit sad. I’m sure it’s normal. I’m sure I’ll have some tears in my eyes tomorrow. I’m also sure I’ll have a big huge smile! 🙂

I think we’re all set for tomorrow. We’ve already dropped off your school supplies, you have a brand new Cars 2 backpack, and we have everything you need for a hearty breakfast, a nutritious lunch and a yummy snack tomorrow. You’ve met your teacher, seen the classroom and been on the playground. I’m not sure how else I can prepare you (except of course with a million hugs and kisses – which I’ll try to do without causing a scene).

I love you so much little buddy. Mommy and Daddy (and Brayden) are all so proud of you. You are officially a Kindergartner now. Have fun and go learn!

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Proud Mommy Moment

Brayden went potty in the potty today!

I was totally not expecting him to actually go, but he watched big brother Zack go, and then what-do-you-know, the little guy went himself! Wow, I am PROUD!

He’s been asking to go to the potty a few times lately, but nothing happens, and I don’t expect it to – he’s only 21 months and we haven’t even started potty training yet. But today, after dinner, we were getting ready for bed and I asked him if he wanted to go pee in the big potty, he said yes and walked over to the bathroom. I stripped him down, held his hands while he stood on the step stool and aimed him at the toilet. That alone was a happy sight, and I would have been plenty pleased just leaving it at that. But no, he had to impress me even more when he actually went pee in the toilet – standing up like a big boy. OMG! Wow, I am just so proud, have I mentioned that?

Wow, my little guy went pee in the potty today…

He said “Ma Ma!”

There’s not much more thrilling than the sound of your infant son saying those 2 little words. He’s been babbling for months, and of course calling everyone and everything “da da,” but when he finally got that “mmmm” sound – it was enough to make me jump out of bed, literally!

I was enjoying a morning nap while Brayden napped in his crib at the foot of our bed (my Tuesday morning luxury). I could have slept for hours, I was that tired (more to come on that later). As most Mothers I know, I had one ear and one eye open, on alert for the first sounds of stirring that signaled nap time was over. There were some happy squeaks, a couple whimpers, and then the usual babbling. I waited a few moments to see if he would go back to sleep, but instead I hear with as much crispness as a beautiful fall day, those two most precious words… “ma ma.” In less than a split second, I was awake with a grin on my face from ear to ear. I lift my head up off my pillow, and there’s Brayden, on his tummy, looking at me from his crib with big, happy eyes. I smiled back, and he responded once again with “ma ma.”

It was a special moment that I will remember always. They weren’t his first words, but to me, they mean the world. I wasn’t there the first time my older son, Zackery, said “ma ma,” so to hear Brayden say them right to me… well, it just fills my heart up. Since then, every time he wakes up from a nap, he proudly says his newly learned word. Being his Mother, I am just as proud, and even if no one else ever hears those words, I know that he said “ma ma.”

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