I registered my daughter for Kindergarten today. Holy shit. This can’t be happening. Where did the time go? Buttercup, I feel like just yesterday you were here: 

Almost a month old! Time was already flying! Photo: K. Stevenson

Almost a month old! Time was already flying!
Photo: K. Stevenson

And now I am picturing you like this:

This can't be far enough away! Photo courtesy of Microsoft Clipart

This can’t be far enough away!
Photo courtesy of Microsoft Clipart

Ok, so I’m jumping the gun a little bit here. But I feel like this is a huge milestone. She is the only child we’re ever going to have. We’ve gone through a lot of firsts with her, all of them “Last Firsts”. After I handed in my paperwork to the elementary school office, I sat in my car for a little while. Just sat there. I didn’t know what to do.

I went through my mental highlight reel. I pictured what I could of the day she was born. Such chaos! So early! I pictured her first gummy mouthful of baby cereal. So gross! So cute! Then pictured her crawls, walks and runs. Nothing has ever been able to keep this child down. Not an early birth, not a heart defect, not surgeries. Nothing. When I took a minute to look at it in that perspective, I realized she’s going to be ok. And I could breathe again.  She is ready for this next adventure. I know it. But am I? I’ll keep you posted.

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