So I Cried…

Ava started Grade PR1 today. Her last year at pre-primary and her first year at her new school, which, if all goes according to plan will be her school for the remainder of her school career, right up to matric. The pre-primary, primary and high school, while separated, are all on the same campus and so today, my baby was a very small fish in a very large pond.

Curro 1st Day

She was very excited to start school again and we are very excited for all the great activities that this school will expose her to over the coming years. But I will not lie, I was very emotional as we walked through campus, past the matric prefects standing at the gates, greeting parents as they arrived. My baby, my incredible little miracle, is growing up way too fast.

We  have to drive past her play school on the way to her new school and I did get a massive lump in my throat knowing that she would never return there, to the lovely, small school that she has loved so much and been so happy at. The small school where she was popular and fitted in so well. I really hope her transition into “big” school will be as smooth as it was with her play school.

Drop off went fine, she was a bit shy around her teacher and got a little unsure when we said goodbye, but she went with her teacher and we were able to leave without the dreaded melt down that so many parents face.

Tomorrow and the day after and the week after that, will be the true test of how well she settles. So only time will tell. But this morning was hard. It’s STILL so surreal that I’m a mom, that I have children, that after all the years of grief and suffering throughout our infertility, I am getting to experience things that, for the longest time I stopped believing would ever be my reality.


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  • Reply Nicki

    Aw Sharon, this brought tears to my eyes. I’m so happy for you. 🙂

    January 15, 2014 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Jenny

    On the plus side of going through this now is that next year and Grade 1 is so much better when they know the environment and kids xx

    January 15, 2014 at 9:45 am
  • Reply bluebirdscrapper75

    I have had a lump in my throat today while witnessing the feeds on FB and Instagram of the little people going to school. Sheesh. It’s so hard… I’m going to be a pathetic wreck when Isabella starts ‘big school’.

    January 15, 2014 at 9:53 am
  • Reply Tash

    So happy for you Sharon being able to experience all the firsts you started believing were impossible. All the best to Ava for the yeasr ahead, sure she will be fine, not sure about mommy though, lol!

    January 15, 2014 at 10:00 am
  • Reply Ailsa Jean Loudon

    Oh poor Mummy. Hope she has a fabulous day – a friend also has a daughter starting at her new school today – she was very emotional about it yesterday! 🙂

    January 15, 2014 at 10:07 am
  • Reply Pandora

    I was also a little teary, although we already started ‘big school’ last year and everything was familiar. But my baby is going to grade 00. Where has the time gone?? They are so proud of getting bigger but we just want to keep them little a bit longer. Hope Ava loves her new school and is very happy there.

    January 15, 2014 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Gina

    Hi Sharon – its so bitter sweet!!!I gave birth to my daughter in May last year (after a long struggle) and we had to book her school fro 2016 already last year. You have spoken so highly of this school in previous posts so If you do not mind sharing, which school will Ava be attending?

    January 15, 2014 at 10:55 am
  • Reply Heather

    Glad it went well, that’s great!

    January 15, 2014 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply tertia

    Is she at a Curro school? We love Curro x

    January 15, 2014 at 9:20 pm
  • Reply jenty

    She;s going to love the school 🙂

    January 15, 2014 at 10:00 pm
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