I really should have taken this shaggy dog for a back to school haircut...
In a total reverse of last year, this morning Adeline was crying and I was the one who was SO THRILLED that it was preschool time. Separations have been harder this summer for Adeline, for some reason. I think it goes back to having David home for a couple of months and then him going back to work a month ago. Then Adeline did a few days of an almost full day camp and it was just TOO LONG for her and too soon after her Daddy went back to work, and she had some very rough goodbyes those days. Hopefully it's just a little phase, and we'll get through it soon. It's HARD to get up and go when Adeline is crying and asking for "just one more hug". I absolutely know that the longer I stay, the worst it is, but it's just plain hard. We had such an easy drop off time all last year. Hopefully soon Adeline will be gleefully running into school, picking someone to play with, and giving me a quick smooch and a goodbye like she did last year.
Last year I cried all the way home from dropping Adeline off at her first day of preschool. This year was more of a melancholy moment as I thought of all Adeline's friends having their first day of kindergarten today, and thinking ahead to next year when I'll be dropping my still tiny and barely five year old girl at "the big school". I KNOW she'll be ready, but I already know that I absolutely WON'T.