Camden was so excited to go to school this morning! He got up, got dressed, put his backpack on, and came into my room at 5:50am to wake me up because he was "ready to go to school". He has been anxiously waiting for this day to arrive and he could hardly stand waiting any longer.
It didn't take long to figure out this was a battle I was not going to win, I gave up on the idea of him going back to sleep and got my duff out of bed. We made waffles and talked about what would happen when we got to school.
Camden felt confident and ready to leave mom and Jace at home to "play the Wii all day long". He was thrilled as punch to see I had made him something special to keep on his backpack.
He was all smiles and dying to get in the car to go.
Once the photo shoot at home was over we headed to to the school.
The teachers asked the children to line up outside the classroom door while they explained what would happen. It was pretty funny to see the nervous kids lined up against the wall while a swarm of parent paparazzi snapped photos.
I walked him into his classroom where he found his seat and listened as the teacher took roll.
I felt myself getting a little teary and tried to pretend I was tougher than that. But I completely lost it when the teacher said, "now you can go give your parents a hug and remind them that everything will be ok". I quickly found my way out the door before Camden could look at me and made Dan and Jace come into the classroom. But I didn't want to miss anything so I wiped the tears, put on my big ol' sunglasses and walked back into the classroom. Camden was quick to give hugs and make his way back to the rug for further instruction from his teacher.
I never anticipated getting emotional because Camden has been so excited to start school. I am just as happy for him to go out into the real world and enjoy the finer things in life like recess and chatting during class when you aren't supposed to. But it's funny how the rush of emotional overcomes you when you realize you are no longer able to keep him in your little bubble at home.
When we picked him up after school he had the same huge grin and was so happy to be big enough for school. I kept asking for details about his day and he finally said, "please stop asking me, I told you I went to school and that's what I did today".