Well at least thats how my mama-heart felt this morning, sending Madeleine off to Nursery for the very first time. It felt like she was taking the first steps towards her path to tertiary greatness (or so we hope/dream). As I took some photos of her all ready to go with her big girl backpack, her hair neatly tied in a pony and her little snacks packed ready to go; I soaked in watching how excited she was to go off to nursery, all the while trying not to think of how I've been dreading this day since the moment I first held her in my arms.
But my oh my was I so proud of how well she did.
Having never been to nursery before I was a little worried how my shy and cautious girl would go. I expected some tears (from the both of us) and whilst she did have some at the start (honesty time, I couldn't help but shed a sneaky tear or two walking away hearing my little girl screaming out for me.... ugh it ached) but according to her new teacher, she then settled into it and was happy and involved, played with the other little kids and didn't shed another tear.
We are going to ease her into it over the first week or so, and so this morning was 2 hours of playing and music. When I picked her up I was greeted with the biggest smile to cross her face, and that quickly mended my torn old worried heart. But she couldn't leave without giving Miss Donna a hug goodbye. Which solidified that we will indeed be back tomorrow!
I know that I am so fortunate to have had her these 2.5 years to myself, but today felt significant in our lives. Living in a new town with so much to learn and so many friends yet to have made, it was a little hard sending my little buddy off, but I am so proud of how well she did. I said that to her on our walk home. To which she very matter-of-factly replied "I'm really pwoud of you too mum". Oh my heart. She is ready for this step, and I'm sure in a few weeks time I will have caught up too!!