We had kind of an exciting morning around these parts:






By 12 PM, the school had already called me twice—once to tell me they didn’t have the right paperwork for Riley’s full day kindergarten registration and as a result I needed to come get him (I managed to convince the office manager to let him stay in his class, for the LOVE, while I rushed over to sign the paper in question), and once to tell me that Riley had bumped his head at recess. Our first school year: OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY.


50 Responses to “Well, I didn’t cry (in front of him)”

  1. Emma on September 6th, 2011 2:03 pm

    Good for you Linda. My oldest (who is 37 now with children of her own) wouldn’t even let me take her on her first day. She insisted on riding the bus with her older friend who was in 3rd grade. It broke my heart. You bet I told her about it when her 2 started kindergarten!

  2. Sheryl on September 6th, 2011 2:11 pm

    I’m not a crier at all. But the first day of school? Gets me every time. Today was the first day of high school for my girl, and I was a weepy mess when I went to bed, this morning, in the shower, and immediately after I dropped her off. Oh, and at work with my office door closed. I’ll be okay tomorrow and that will last until the first day of her sophomore year.

  3. Nolita on September 6th, 2011 2:17 pm

    Awwww…look at big boy Riley in Kindergarten! Dylan looks so chilled out in that top picture. Is his hand in his pocket? I can totally see him strolling in to K with shades on when it’s his turn – no big deal. How exciting!

  4. Lucy on September 6th, 2011 2:21 pm

    Gorgeous pics! Well done Riley, well done you!

  5. Donna on September 6th, 2011 2:40 pm

    Awwwww. . . . I can’t believe I’ve been ‘reading you’ since before there even WAS a Riley. That most adorable baby boy has turned into an adorable kindergartener. Go ahead and shed a few tears, Mom!

  6. Jessica on September 6th, 2011 2:49 pm

    Congrats! I am going to bawl like a baby when it’s Jacob’s turn. I hope Riley loves it!

  7. Amber Lena on September 6th, 2011 3:01 pm

    I love that he’s not too big to hold daddy’s hand. Awwwwwwwww

  8. Jessica on September 6th, 2011 3:30 pm

    Dylan looks big enough to go, too!

  9. whoorl on September 6th, 2011 3:45 pm

    Dude. KINDERGARTEN. How did we get here? Hope Riley had a great day.

  10. jamie on September 6th, 2011 4:56 pm

    My first started Kindergarten today too.

  11. Jenny on September 6th, 2011 5:10 pm

    Nolita said just what I was thinking re Dylan’s picture. Glad you got through it!

  12. Danell on September 6th, 2011 5:59 pm

    Cameron started today, too. I cried. And cried. Aaand cried.

  13. jill on September 6th, 2011 7:20 pm

    Linda, I have been reading you forever, since Riley ws born and I loved this post. My son is starting Kinder too. I teach in his school and am wondering how I will survive his first day….will I blubber all day in front of EVERYONE?!

  14. jill on September 6th, 2011 7:21 pm

    P.S. I see Kelso (the choices frog) onthe wall….good stuff

  15. Victoria on September 6th, 2011 7:28 pm

    I don’t know if I should cry or congratulate you or hug you or what!

  16. Kelly on September 6th, 2011 8:13 pm

    I teared up looking at those pictures! Very sweet.

  17. Sara on September 6th, 2011 8:29 pm

    AWESOME JOB MAMA!!! AND RILEY!!! congrats, wow seems impossible though, I can remember when he was itty bitty and you were sticking things up his rear to make him poop. Yeah good days.

    I want to know, how did DYLAN take his bubby being gone all day?

  18. Linda on September 6th, 2011 8:50 pm

    Sara: you know, he was totally good. He plays really well on his own these days, so he just kind of goofed around by himself a lot. He was really excited to go pick Riley up, though.

  19. Donna on September 6th, 2011 9:07 pm

    You’re killing me Smalls.
    He is so precious, and JD gets mad props for going too, most dads don’t. Dylan looks very interested, but Riley? When did this whole growing up thing happen?
    My oldest grandkid went to homecoming on Sat., the second started high school this year, those are her two oldest, (my daughter’s kids) and she still has the two girls, third grade, and 4 years old…..AND she’s due again in Feb. Just when I thought the days of new babies were over….lol.
    All four of them took the most adorable first day of school photos, and yeah, I cried. (She also got me with the homecoming pictures.)

  20. Cheryl S. on September 7th, 2011 5:59 am

    Go Riley!! I’m sure he’ll do great. And don’t worry, my daughter got clocked in the eye by another kid within in the first week (it was a total accident).

  21. Claire on September 7th, 2011 6:06 am

    I can’t believe he’s in kindergarten already! My son just started pre-K and on his second day, they called to tell me he needed stitches! he busted his lip on the playground. Sigh. Just a boy thing, I guess.

  22. Cheryl M. on September 7th, 2011 6:24 am

    You all did great!

    Today is my son’s 2nd day in kindergarten. He was fine yesterday when I dropped him off (we live too close to validate $350 a year for the bus), but today he became the “but I want to stay with you, mamma!” kid. I had him bussed to preschool for the two years he went because I was afraid he would pull that. I was hoping he was over it. :-( It was all I could do to keep it together!

  23. JMH on September 7th, 2011 8:39 am

    Love it! I teach in an elementary school and he looks like he is doing GREAT. Hang in there, I was a nervous wreck sending my oldest to middle school this year :)

  24. Halyn on September 7th, 2011 9:02 am

    Wow…been reading since before Riley was born. Can’t believe he’s a full-on kid now!

    My youngest started middle school today, cool as a cucumber. “Bye Mom!” she said, jauntily as she hopped out of the truck like it was any other day. I was halfway to work when I realized that I forgot to take a picture. :(

  25. Halyn on September 7th, 2011 9:02 am

    Damn, I need an edit function. That misplaced comma is bugging the hell out of me.

  26. Amy on September 7th, 2011 11:41 am

    We have that same carpet in my son’s 1st grade class!! I was bouncing back and forth between 1st grade and 4th….transition to all day for my little one which resulted in him crashing on the sofa at 7ish and not waking up until this morning!

    (and I can’t believe how big he is now…started reading when he was less than a year!)

  27. Erika on September 7th, 2011 12:40 pm

    I have my daughter on video tape crying because I was walking her in. She wanted to go in by herself but I couldn’t let her. Really, the school wanted us to walk them in. She was telling me to go away the whole time. “I can do it, Mama”! “Go AWAAAAYYYYY!” I wasn’t offended though. :) She’s in 3rd grade now and loves for me to come in. Go figure.

  28. Kristianna on September 7th, 2011 9:40 pm

    Wow, they’re anal! My new Kindergartener somehow missed a vaccine at his 5 yr checkup and we didn’t know until, oh, the day before school started. The best I could do was to get him in the afternoon after his first day, and the office at our school was totally cool about it. Perhaps it’s because I already have a 4th grader there… or your school is ANAL! ;) Congrats to everyone on the school year.

  29. Ericka on September 8th, 2011 10:27 am

    i just love that the whole family took him to his class. you guys got me all verklempt.

  30. Monica on September 9th, 2011 6:08 am

    Now you’ve made me cry! Why is the first day of school so hard? My son started 1st grade and I still cried. I used the excuse of “now he’s in real school” for my defense but I think this will just be an annual tradition. Drive the kid to school, walk him to his class, get teary eyed while dropping him off and talking with the teacher, burst into tears as I walk out of the classroom.

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    I fell and scraped my cheek on my first day of kindergarten. They called my mom who came and then DIDN’T TAKE ME HOME! Oy. I am still indignant. I think I was just trying to get out of school, even at that early point… :)

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