This was and is such a bittersweet milestone for me. 

It means my baby is growing up, and that makes me kind of sad.  There are days when I wish I could make time stand still and keep him three years old forever.  I've loved spending almost every single day with him, playing, reading, snuggling.  It kind of makes me sad that our schedule-free days are over for the next 9 months, but it makes me happy too.

I'm so excited for him to start this new, exciting chapter of life.  I can't wait to hear about what he spends his mornings doing at school, the friends he makes, and the things he learns.  I really am excited that he's going to gain Independence and grow so much this year.  I really can't wait!  

It's kind of shocked me, though, at where my mind has been through these past few weeks as we've been talking up school, trying to get him excited.  I remember days, weeks, dare I admit months where I couldn't let my mind think past the next day, much less to something as far away as school.  I couldn't let myself even try to picture what he might look like at this point, where he would go to school, how excited we would all be, and how much fun it would be to watch him perform in programs with his little classmates. 

And here we are.  Words can't describe how thankful I am to be able to walk him into school and kiss him goodbye, knowing I'm going to see his smiling face in a few short hours.  Not a day goes by that I don't thank God for blessing us with Derrick's life and how far He has allowed him to come.  And I pray every day for many, many more opportunities to watch my baby boy grow into the man God has intended for him to be.  

Derrick's first day of school:

Right before we dropped him off....he was being so silly and wouldn't give me a real smile.  He was SO nervous (and so was I!), but he had a good day.  :)  He refused to tell much about it, but his teachers said he did great.  He cried when we left but thankfully that only lasted a minute. 
In the car after preschool I was asking him questions about his day and all he would tell was that he ate one cookie.  I said, "Are you not going to tell me about school today?"  He replied, "No, not today.  I'll tell you Wednesday."  

It's starting already! 

Just for fun, we took these flowers to his teachers during "Meet the Teacher" time.  
(Please ignore the dirty table.  :)

It's going to be a great year, I just know it!


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