Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Harper's First Day of "School"

Today was Harper's first day of pre-pre-preschool. I call it this because it is technically called "Mother's Morning Out" which makes me laugh a little. I would say it's less of a "morning out" & more of a cleaning & coffee drinking marathon. Enjoying the little things like a toddler-free shower & making a week's worth of work calls without Mickey Mouse Clubhouse blaring in the background.

The program is more like a nursery, for kids between 12-36 months, basically to learn to interact with each other, have music class, chapel, play outside, etc. I knew it would be good for her & she would eventually love it, plus I could have some dedicated time to work. I especially like asking her if she is going to school, which responds by pronouncing it "gew!"


The teachers actually come get the kids out of the car so it is less chaotic with a bunch of kids crying, clinging to their mom's legs (or mom's clinging to their kid's legs) in the hallways each morning. At first, I thought this was pretty badass because I could drop her off without even changing out of my pajamas.

But it was tough. Much tougher than I thought. Harper cried her little eyes out, blowing me kisses as the teacher walked her to her classroom. Break my heart! I called Brandon on my way home (sobbing) to tell him how it went.
"She was bawling! They took her right out of her carseat & into the school, I didn't even get to take my seatbelt off! And she took her shoe off in the car, she didn't even have her shoe on, what if they don't put her shoe back on for her????"


I went early to pick her up so I could linger in the hallway & watch her play with her new friends. Which she was. And she was smiling! I couldn't have been happier to have her run into my arms, lips puckered up for a kiss when I came in to get her.

So, if you are debating on whether or not to send your baby (toddler) to daycare or nursery or pre-pre-preschool, we can vouch for the fact that they will do just fine! Us mamas, on the other hand, may not. We might cry & weep, and look at pictures of them in their first day of school clothes, and then look at pictures of them as newborns, and then start worrying about what it will be like when they go to real school and have to deal with other kids being mean & all the awful stuff that comes along with it. 
Then you start to wonder why the damn program isn't called "Mother's Morning Meltdown."

83 comments:

  1. I love this post! This is exactly the way I felt last week dropping my son off at 1 yr preschool. It's always harder on the mamas! She is absolutely adorbs in that outfit!

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  2. Ah! Brought tears to my eyes! Congrats and well wishes to you and Harper!

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  3. this just might be one of my favorite posts! Harper looks so grown up!

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  4. Omg, I'm so glad other mothers have these same terrifying thoughts! I literally picture kids being mean to my daughter & have to stop myself after I'm already pissed off, because I finally realize it's all made up in my head, lol. My daughter, Aurora, just started school officially yesterday. (She went a couple times 2 weeks ago when they had summer school classes so she could see what it was like.) She just turned 3, but so far my grandma has watched her so she hadn't had a lot of interaction with kids, aside from playdates and being in the church nursery Sunday mornings. When she went a few weeks ago, she cried almost every day the first week but hardly at all the second, and this week hasn't cried at all. I know she's a bit older, but it gets easier - I promise! Our school does the same thing with the drive-up & I'm still trying to figure out if I like it or not, because the goodbyes are too short, lol. And when she went a couple weeks ago, I would get there a half hour early to watch her through the little window haha. Now, I try to cram as much stuff as possible into the 3 hours I have to myself before I go pick her up. Little Miss Harper will do just fine!! Good luck!!

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  5. Stay strong!! I can only imagine sending my little guy to some sort of play group. He's only 8 months old right now but those things will be here before I know it. Love your blog. Keep us posted on how 'pre pre school' is going and use some of your free time to decorate for Fall!

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  6. That is too cute. Our daughter is the same age as Harper and we just started sending her to Nursery at church. It's only once a week for 2 hours and I'm in the same building as her and I was still a hot mess. I can't imagine what I'll be like once Ethnie goes to preschool for reals. Thanks for giving me hope. It truly is harder for Mama.
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  7. I almost cried reading this just thinking about my little dude going to school (he is the same age as Harper). So did they put her shoe back on :)

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  8. This post makes me want to cry as we will be sending our little Jack to daycare beginning October 1st. He will have just turned one. I so badly want him to have fun and not cry and to make new friends. I've never been so nervous about something in my entire life! I already have some crazy separation anxiety and miss him more than anything and it's not even here yet!

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  9. Awe! This is too cute. It sounds like a fantastic idea and a good way for you both to get "stuff done" and will be a good start for her getting ready for real school. I bet she was the cutest one there! This outfit (and backpack!!) are too cute!

    -Chelsea
    chelsandthecity.blogspot.com

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  10. Awww, this is so cute and I think I teared up a little while reading it. I am sure I would have been sobbing if were me. So glad it went well for both you and Miss Harper.
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  11. Ah! My little guy starts a similar program next week and I know it's going to be much worse for me than him. It doesn't help that I'm 12 days away from my due date with #2 and an emotional mess! Ours does the car drop off thing too, but the first day you are allowed to go in thank goodness. I'm glad she was laughing and playing when you picked her up though - I'm sure that made your mama heart happy to see!

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  12. I feel like she's such a big girl all of a sudden with her pigtails and backpack! I need to get my Harper into this program now even though I'm super nervous and I might just wait in the parking lot the whole time crying but I know she needs some outside interaction and she loves kids but wah, my momma heart is sad just thinking about it. So glad she had a great day!!!

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  13. I absolutely love her outfit! I'm glad you both got through your first day, I'm sure it will get easier from here on out ;)

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  14. Wait until Kindergarten.. my oldest starts in two weeks and I'm a wreck! :(

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  15. Mothers Morning Meltdown! Haha, Love it. Glad all went well though, and now your pumpkin is back in your arms. With both shoes on... or off. =)

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  16. I like your name better, "Mother's Meltdown Morning"! We're not even close to sending our babe to any type of school yet and this already gives me anxiety! But it's so good for them to interact with other littles, at least that's what I'll keep telling myself, haha. Harper looks beyond adorable in these pictures!! I'm sure she was the cutest kid by far! I hope it gets easier for you both :)

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  17. She is super cute! Love her little pigtails. I'm not a mama but I'm sure after a few times you'll do just fine.

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  18. Glad she had a great first day, she looked so cute! That would have totally been me freaking if they would put her shoe on or not ;) Hope you enjoyed a little quiet cleaning time!

    xx
    Megan
    http://hellonewlywedlife.blogspot.com/2013/08/weekend-recap_27.html

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  19. This post totally brought tears to my eyes! I remember the first day I brought my daughter to daycare when she was 6 months old. She still struggles leaving Daddy, but I love the feeling of picking her up at the end of the day. I don't want to think about what it will be like when she goes to kindergarten.

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  20. What a little sweetie she is! I would have felt the same way about the shoe thing! It is so hard to let go!

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  21. Hahaha Mother's morning meltdown!! Too funny! Harper looks so so cute. I don't even want to think about T starting real school. We are still 4 years away, but it will be here in no time :(

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  22. Awww... you have such a precious little girl! I'm glad she was smiling and having fun when you went to pick her up. Love your blog!

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  23. I think its so good for the kiddos to interact with other little ones! I already tear up at the thought of sending Ava to preschool next year but i know its definitely a good thing! Harps looks SO adorable pre usual! xoxo

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  24. Hardest day of my life was leaving my 4 month old at daycare- and i only work part time. Working as a mommy is super hard- but its good for those little kiddos and makes you value your time with them even more than you already do. And lets be real- we work so they can eat, have clothes, and live a good life.

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  25. It sounds like she did great once she got settled in. Way to go little girl! Is it a once a week or multiple times per week class?

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  26. Lol at your last sentence. I totally get it! It's waaaay harder on us than our kids but we are mamas and can't help it! She rocked her outfit and piggies though :)

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  27. Oh my goodness, I am all teary-eyed now! Hope you enjoyed your peaceful shower and coffee. ;)

    Marissa
    thesimpleswan.blogspot.com
    A Fashion, Beauty, & Mommy Blog

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  28. Aw, this post brought a tear to my eye. Did you ever think when you started this blog to keep your friends & family up to date on your pregnancy that you would be posting about her first day of pre-pre-preschool?! It goes by so crazy fast! I was thinking about you and Harper all day, praying that you ladies had a good morning. I bet her running into your arms was the best feeling ever! She looked absolutely adorable for her first day...so many "framers" in this post. Oh, did they put her shoe back on?! xoxo

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  29. What a cutie! I so wish I could find a Mother's Morning Out program. Lord knows I need some quiet cleaning time!

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  30. Our sweetie had to go to daycare at 4 months old thanks to work schedules, but now she only goes three days a week and stays at home with my mom one day and with daddy the other. It's great to have the ability to keep her at home a couple days so she gets good one-on-one attention, but also let her go to "school" so she can interact with others and do fun things that we just can't do at home (like go on the bye-bye-buggy!). Plus, our daycare is at our church so we know most everyone there. :) Makes it A LOT easier.

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  31. I totally teared up imagining my daughter going to pre-pre preschool! I hope to enroll her in some sort of program next year. Gosh you have the best style, your daughter is going to always be the most stylish kid in class! I just adore that backpack and want one for myself!

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  32. The cuteness of this is almost unbearable. Love her little outfit. So sorry you had a meltdown!

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  33. Aw the cuteness here is almost unbearable. She is adorable in her little outfit and moccs! Sorry that you had a melt down. It will get better!

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  34. Harper is precious, and mother's morning meltdown, indeed! I tried leaving my little guy at the church nursery and he lost his cookies. Literally. Threw up on everyone so I had to go get him. Hopefully, I'll get to experience the "running back to your arms" reunion you speak of :)

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  35. HAPPY FIRST DAY, Harper!!! Just as expected, she looks absolutely precious! Hate that it was so hard dropping her off..... after a few more weeks she'll know what's going on when you pull into the parking lot and things will go a lot smoother!! It always cracks me up when people ask me if I enjoyed my "free time" while Jackson was at school --- like I'm getting pedicures (okay, I have a few times), eating cupcakes and watching my favorite shows. No, it's more like cleaning as fast as humanely possible, laundry, running errands and doing "all the things" that take so much longer to do w/ a toddler in tow! So glad to hear that overall she had a good first day and that you got some things done too!!

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  36. She looked so cute for her first day of "school"!

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  37. Loving these pictures! She is the cutest little sweet girl! I especially loved her backpack. I give you major props Jess. I can't imagine sending Brandon to school at that age. It was hard enough when he was 4! I remember like it was yesterday... I took him in and he barely blew me a kiss goodbye in his hurry to check out the new toys and other kids! They did have a "TeaRoom" for the moms to have some tears, tea, and cookies before we left!

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  38. Oh my, I can't believe our babies are this grown up. I'M NOT READY. Glad to hear she had a good first day though. Pretty soon she'll be jumping at the chance to get there with zero tears and then your heart will really break. :( Wow, sorry to be such a Debbie Downer! No she won't! Promise!

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  39. i wish we had one of these close to home. the closest one is about 30 minutes away and that's just too much driving 2-3 days a week. my boy really needs it though! harper looks WAY too cute! so happy harper had a great first day and she did well, such a relief :)

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  40. She is absolutely precious!! What a doll baby! My peanut is 5mo old and while I'm looking forward to Mothers Day Out, I know I'll be a basket case too!!

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  41. Ugh not looking forward to my baby going to school :( One of my good friends daughter started 1st grade this past week and already has kids picking on her :'(

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  42. This couldn't have come at a more perfect time! I am literally taking my daughter to daycare for the first time next week and I'm a mess! Thank you!

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  43. What adorable photos of this big day! I hear ya on the name change!
    Keep me posted on how you like the drop off pick up. We actually discussed changing to this routine at the preschool I work at.
    Elle starts her pre-preschool class next Tuesday. Even though I will be teaching down the hall I am so excited for her yet also a little nervous and sad to let go of her.

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  44. You are so brave! I think I'm in denial about Brady even being born and out of the womb let alone being one and a half haha! They grow so fast. But I think after your post alot of us mamas will feel better about doing something like a preschool class for our babes because let's face it we need time too! By the way her outfit is my dream outfit! She looked adorable and if I was her teacher I would be just googly

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  45. Oh My Word she looks so darn cute! And I literally cracked up with "Mother's Morning Meltdown" :)

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  46. She is precious!! My niece starts next week and I'm sure my sister will have a meltdown! But it is so worth it! Especially when they come up and hug/kiss you at pick up :)

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  47. Enjoy the freedom, girl! Go do something for YOURSELF, she'll be fine!

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  48. I have to admit, I have never experienced this, even thought we have 7+ children. We have been home schooling since our eldest started Kindergarten. He will be starting the 5th grade in March. I can only imagine how that must felt. You are one brave Mama!! So glad she liked it and you survived!

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  49. She is tooooo cute!!!! I die. Glad everything went well! I'm sure those few hours will fly by. My mom used to say that she was going to go full time once we all went to school all day. My youngest sister just started college and my mom still only works 2 days a week! hahahah Good Luck!

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  50. Harper is going to LOVE it! She will learn so much from watching and interacting with other kids.. My daughter started daycare when she turned 1 and she just loves it. When I drop her off, she just runs off and plays. I'm lucky if I get a "bye mommy" before I leave. I have all the same feeling about leaving her, even now and she's almost 2, but I know it's good for her.
    Enjoy your "mornings out"!

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  51. First of all, she looked sooooooo cute! Second, this brought tears to my eyes. Seems like not long ago you were posting bump updates. This has got to be one of my favorite posts. Sweet sweet girl. :) Glad she did well! And isn't that the best feeling? Her running to you for hugs and kisses!

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  52. Great blog!
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  53. So so sweet! She is by far the best dressed little girl at pre-pre-school!! I would have been a hot mess, I can hardly leave her on Sundays in the nursery without wanting to stash a little camera in the diaper bag so I can see her play and make sure she's loving life! Thanks for the inspiration for all us mamas who will be going through this one day xoxo

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  54. I love her little outfit! I'll have to remember all this when my daughter goes off the first time. It seems like every kid cries when they're first dropped off an all smiles after a fun day playing when they get picked up!

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  55. Awww such a cute post! Give it a few times and Harper won't cry anymore when you drop her off and it will make this so much better!
    I love reading your blog! Thanks for sharing this experience with us :)
    And kuddos for that outfit!
    Sara
    Life with Baby Sophia

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  56. Love love the recounting here and had to laugh ... I felt the same when E started and still cry dropping him off. X

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  57. Harper is absolutely adorable! I love keeping up with her! I love reading about others experiences with daycare....if anything to just know that I'm not the only one who's a sobbing mess after dropping off my kiddo at school. Good lord, if I could make it to work with my full face of make-up in tact it would be a MIRACLE! Keep it up mama, it gets easier for us saps, I swear!

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  58. Oh my god she is no longer a baby or toddler. Definitely see a little girl in this post! So cute, love the outfit and backpack. Way to go Haper! (And mama!)

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  59. she is the cutest little girl! and i love what you dressed her in, she is def. going to be the girl with all of the cute outfits in school

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  60. oh and dont even get me started on how cute that backpack is!

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  61. Gosh! This is the exact recount of the way I felt when I got my daughter into school on the first day (first time ever at 3.5 years!)! Well, she is still edgy about going to school and is actually very sensitive to the environment around her. So in a way we thought it was a good decision to start her school only at 3.5 years (no pre-school, nothing! :) ) ...I cried the hell out that day and sobbed like anything on phone when I returned home after dropping her to school. In fact I have an utterly emotional note that I penned down that day coz I missed her like anything! I actually thought that all that 'Me' time I always wanted is just so undesirable now! Well all those emotions have calmed down now... although she has not! :)
    So I feel that some kids are pretty clingy about their moms and kind of very sensitive....may be their parting away from mommy can be a little delayed...
    You're really lucky that she has made friends with other kids so fast and feels okay at her pre-school....I am actually waiting for the day when my daughter will make friends on her own and perhaps be comfortable with them :)
    Harper is looking so very cute! Good luck to her and you for all the wonderful moments to come! :)

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  62. What a sweet girl! And indeed, every step they take off into the big world is really big for the parents as well (I can relate so well, my biggest gulp moment was, when she finally had napping time at daycare). The only thing I was wondering (as daycare is so, so different all over the globe): don't you get a short period of time, where the child gets to know the facility and especially the teachers? When my daughter started daycare (9 month old) we were able to take it slow, over the course of some weeks, were she stayed at first with me, than longer and longer periods alone, so she gradually got to know the people there. No crying, which was very good for this mother. Not to critize, just wondering, maybe you just didn't write about it in the blog entry. (Or it is just different in your neck of the woods. When I myself was small, there was no settling-in period at daycareas well).

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  63. how do you do it! I mean find all those cute clothes for little chick. I mean the backpack, the skinny cords...it's just too much! so cute! also mother morning meltdown made me lol.

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  64. Harper looked so cute! I especially love her backpack!! As a working mom who sends her daughter to daycare two days a week I can tell you it is not easy at first! Then when you think it is going smooth they will not want to go and you will be crying your eyes out again. However, it is the best thing for them. My daughter Finley who is 16 months loves her school! Whenever I go to pick her up she is laughing and having a blast. Best of luck:)

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  65. I love Harper's backpack! I can tell you as a working mom who sends her daughter to Daycare two days a week. It gets easier, but you will always feel that Mom guilt!! However, it is the best thing for them. Every time I go to pick my daughter Finley who is 16 months up at school she is laughing and having a grand old time. That makes me know it is the best thing for her:)Best of luck!! Harper will do great:)

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  66. By far.. the cutest child I have seen, probably ever! Well.. top five because my niece was pretty darn cute!

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  67. So sweet! She looks like such a big girl with that backpack! That's so cute you saw her smiling and playing with her new friends! I've been dropping my son off at daycare since he was 3 months old (when I had to go back to work) and it was so, so hard in the beginning, but now he gets a huge smile on his face when he sees his daycare provider and his friends at daycare and it makes me so happy and know he loves it and has fun. It's get easier mama :) good luck! It makes the time you spend with your kids so much more special :)

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  68. This is going to be me...in one week, except he is three and a half and over me. why is it so damn hard? love that backpack though!!

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  69. OMG! She could not be any cuter!! I love her entire outfit and NEED her backpack!! She is absolutely adorable!! Glad it went well! ;)

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  70. I cannot get enough of her outfit, pigtails, and backpack. So. Darn. Adorable. I got dropping her off gets easier for you both!

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  71. What a great first-day-of-school outfit!

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  72. These pictures will be so amazing to use in a collage for her high school graduation some day!!

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  73. Oh my goodness, you had me in tears for you! I have a few more months, until my little turns one. I have been debating over a mothers-day-out enrollment or not for a while. I just keep thinking..."maybe when she's two, or maybe 3..." It so much tougher on us mommies, I'm sure! This was a wonderful insight into that next journey for us. I'm so happy to read that it ended up a fun filled day for Harper! :)

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  74. Hey mama just to let you know I nominated you for The Sunshine Blog Award. You are so inspiring and I never miss a post! Check it out.

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  75. Best Dress for the first day for the 2013-2014 school year:

    Miss Harper

    She is such a doll.
    xo
    Erica
    asoonersweetheart.blogspot.com

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  76. The award for the Best Dressed for the First day of school

    Miss Harper

    She is so adorable.
    Sorry if this shows up more than once

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  77. Oh my gosh!! When I heard about this from Sarah I was like, "what?"..especially the carpool! I'm glad to hear that the babes actually like it. I might have to put Benjamin in something like this after the first of the year when he's a year old. Mama meltdown indeed. Haha

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  78. I love the "Mother's Morning Meltdown"...SO TRUE! I almost bawled my eyes out reading this thinking of my little guy at daycare. He is 5 months and we are on our 2nd week and I am really struggling. I'm hoping that he is having fun watching and interacting with the other kids since he is such a people watcher. Love your blog! You don't know how much you have helped me with being a mom! I only wish I was as creative as you are!!!

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  79. I have been following you over a year now...and have to admit, like everyone else, how cute y'all are. I have shared your blog with all my friends and I think you have a great following. Just curious, have you run into people at the store who you don't know, but maybe know you because they follow your blog. We are in Texas and I told my husband, "How weird would it be if we went to Georgia and ran into them. Would I say hi?" haha We love everything you post!

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  80. I have been following you over a year now...and have to admit, like everyone else, how cute y'all are. I have shared your blog with all my friends and I think you have a great following. Just curious, have you run into people at the store who you don't know, but maybe know you because they follow your blog. We are in Texas and I told my husband, "How weird would it be if we went to Georgia and ran into them. Would I say hi?" haha We love everything you post!

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  81. Oh My god.. I just wanted to tell you I love following your blog and you baby girl is so cute. You dress her so well. She got alot of cute outfits.:O)

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  82. I know this post is from August but I've been creeping on your blog and fell out when I saw this post. Harper is a baddass and she gets it from her mother. These pictures...I can't even...every single inch of her is to die for. The pigtails, the Gap pants (don't you love the sweat pant waistband?), the jcrew backpack(that I knew was jcrew before I clicked the link but did anyway...just to verify my brilliant ability to recognize all things jcrew...like your skinny sparkle belt - gold). I die over your daughter. You're a lucky mom. I hope you have another girl. (Sorry Brandon...I'm sure he wants a boy, even if he won't verbalize it . ;-) Keep up the blogging. And continue to share some of the bad, with all the good. The illusion of perfection is nauseating. Imperfection is endearing and relatable. You seem to have a good mix here. Cheers, mamma!

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