Dear Little Man,
Today is your first day at school, and you will be there all day. It's not the first time we've been separated, you've been to part-time nursery and pre-school for the last two years. It is a huge milestone though, as you embark on your future education.
Can I tell you a little secret?
I'm going to miss you so much.
I know you are noisy and demanding, constantly attention seeking, always asking, never stop talking and often make my head spin, but what will I do without you?
You will be fine, playing and learning alongside your friends. Getting your attention from your lovely new teacher. Growing up into a fine young man.
I will be sad for a while, taking my time getting used to not having you around.
You are my baby, I know if I said that to you right now you would retort
"No, I'm not a baby, I'm a big boy!"
However, you will always be my baby, you will always be the youngest, the last little one to go to school, the last one to grow up.
I hope your school years are happy. I'm sure they will be, you are always asking questions, always wanting to learn something new. I just hope you can learn to sit still for five minutes too, and listen to what you are being taught.
I have no doubts that you will make lots of friends. You only have to see another child on the street or in the shop and you are instantly speaking to them as if you've known them forever.
I will miss you being home, but it will be even more special when I come to pick you up and we can spend time together talking about your day at school and all the new things you've learnt.
I will always, always look forward to your lovely hugs, my big cuddly boy.
Love you always,
It is a difficult time for me saying goodbye to my youngest child as he leaves for school for the first time. After five children you would think it would get easier, but now I find it's even harder because I know it's the last time. There will be no more babies at home for me, they are all school children now. I will miss him so much, but it's not all doom and gloom, I know he will be fine and I'll soon be filling my days with things I'm not normally able to do (who said 'pub lunch!' tsk tsk)
Those young years are over so very quickly. I know it doesn't seem like it at first, babies are such hard work and you are tired all the time, but before you know it you are waving goodbye at the school playground. Where does the time go? I know with the Little Man things were a little slow to begin with, he was late sitting, never crawled, refused to walk and wouldn't speak. In a way, I had my baby time with him for a lot longer than most. I was a little worried, you can't help it, particularly when all your other children have reached their milestones on time. Then suddenly, just before he was two years old, everything came at once, he was walking and talking and fast catching up to his peers. Maybe I was just lucky having my baby as a baby for a little longer. Now, you wouldn't be able to tell he was so slow, in fact, even though he's only just turned four years old I'm pretty sure he will be able to do just as well as his classmates who are bound to be older than him.
Fairy is encouraging parents to make the most of those early baby cuddly years because it's the softest they'll ever be. They've produced this lovely video to show how quickly it all passes.
I'm certainly going to miss the baby years, but I'm sure I'll have many years of soft cuddles to come.
This post is in collaboration with Fairy, all thoughts and opinions are my own.