Mellencampy
The First Steps Into a Larger World

First Day Baby Blues

Honestly, I was almost shockingly non-emotional about back-to-school this year. With all of Noah's assorted stir-crazy regressions that started almost immediately after he was set loose in my unstructured care, I was downright looking forward to getting him back to school. Besides, he's still not starting kindergarden, he's simply going back for his THIRD YEAR of preschool. 

We've been calling it pre-K all summer to soothe Noah's hurt feelings over not going to kindergarden, like many of his friends from the private school, which was a mixed-age classroom. And to distract him from the fact that he won't be going to the private school again. (Cliff Notes to That Whole Thing: both private and public options for this year were in the afternoon, so we had to pick one. We went with 1) free, 2) close, 3) where he'll be attending kindergarden anyway, and 4) 5) 6) freeeeee.) But I knew better: same old, same old

I got him a haircut and a new backpack. That was the extent of our back-to-school shopping. 

It didn't hit me until yesterday, when we stood outside waiting for the school bus. I lifted the camera to my face and looked through the viewfinder and whoa. Whoa. WHOA. 

I don't want to alarm anyone, but somebody needs to get over here and pick up their kid. And bring back that toddler I just had the other day. 

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And I think someone pulled a similar trick with the little one.

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The bus was late, very late, and Noah grew impatient while I suddenly had a belated attack of the DON'TGOILOVEYOUS.

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But then it came. And he went.

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No big deal. Same old, same old. Right? RIGHT?

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(Don't even think about it yet, you.) 

For compare/contrast purposes: the first day of school last year, and the year before.

Comments

Marianne

Omigosh... those boys! My son is 2 1/2, and the idea of sending him off in three years might kill me. And this is a kid who's been going to daycare since he was itty-bitty.

Beautiful pictures, Amy!

Brenna

My nephew is probably the only kid I know who got a professional photographer to send him off to kindergarten. I framed a tryptic for my sister and she loved it. This is not even a little overly-indulgent. It's great, nice work.

Sprite's Keeper

That first and last photo are keepers, for sure. So cute!

Sprite's Keeper

That first and last photo are keepers, for sure. So cute!

Sprite's Keeper

That first and last photo are keepers, for sure. So cute!

Heather B.

I think you should know that it physically pains me to see Noah growing up so, so quickly. You should feel bad for making my heart hurt.

Life of a Doctor's Wife

They are so cute!!! I hope Noah loves "pre-K"!

Stacy

My baby started Middle School. I could swear that it was just yesterday that we went to preschool with the Ninja Turtles lunchbox.

Great pictures.

Jen

So cute! I tell myself always that it's the haircut that makes him look older and not, well, the fact that he is older.

We had our first bus pick-up of the (free!!) school year today, complete with a late bus, as well as a kid who was dwarfed by his LL Bean back pack and who immediately climbed on the bus, lifting his arms so that aid could pick him up to put him in his seat.

Stephanie

You kids are SO damn cute. Seriously. Little Ez, please stop growing up, K? thx.

Stephanie

You kids are SO damn cute. Seriously. Little Ez, please stop growing up, K? thx.

Swistle

My oldest kid started middle school this year. MIDDLE SCHOOL. And there I was, waving frantically to his back as he got on the bus, and then choking back tears on my way back to my house. Same old, same old.

Melissa

I hate how it sneaks up on you. I was so ready for school and I sent her off with no problem. But she's getting such great notes from her teacher and I'm so proud, if I think too much about it I cry. She's getting so big (2nd grade). And the cheerleading clinic and performance - I had to fight not to cry as I videotaped. I'm so lame.

Missie

Just experienced a thunk in my heart looking at Noah's pics. What a big sweet little man you have there. Makes me yearn for the Turtle Baby days of yore...

And if you just stop feeding Ez, he will quit growing. FYI.

(wait until you send your baby boy--who's taller and stronger than you--off to his first day of high school. Just sayin.)

Megan@Blueberry Scones

Holy crap! I remember when you were just pregnant with Noah! Where did this big kid come from?

Marilyn (A Lot of Loves)

He does look awfully big now. Ezra and my daughter are the same age and I recently went through a little shock at seeing how she's totally left babyhood behind. *sob* The babies! They're all growed up.

CollegeAtThirty

So, what's John/John Cougar/Cougar Mellencamp/Mellencamp's take on blue backpacks? Good or bad parenting? Because I think they're pretty cool.

Diane

Ache.
Breathe.
Right.there.with.you.
*SIGH*
Our boys have the same backpack
*SIGH*

Jen L.

Why do they DO that to us? This growing that they do? It hurts my heart.

Jen L.

Why do they DO that to us? This growing that they do? It hurts my heart.

Jen L.

Why do they DO that to us? This growing that they do? It hurts my heart.

Kristin

, he looks so grown up.

Brandi

My oldest son turns 5 in Nov and is also on his third year of preschool. Had I known we were going to wait for kinder I would have skipped the first year of preschool (hello $). I believe it is the best thing we could have done, especially with budget cuts in CA, there is talk of kinders of 30+ kids. My son had a diagnosed speech delay at 2 but is at age level or above now...still, a part of me was relieved to wait for kinder because OMG...that is real school. This gives him one more year to be a kid! And him turning 5 means i'm 35...

Whozat

Rereading your posts from the past two years, on the first one it really struck me that, Holy Cow! Ezra (and, thus, my Peeper) wasn't even BORN then!

How can they both be so grown up

(FYI, the female toddler equivalent of the little-boy-with-new-haircut-looks-like-a-man phenomenon is pigtails. Hair down = baby. Hair up = six year old!)

leeann


Noah looks awesome and I am so glad he is ready and eager to go back to school.

But! OMG!! EZRA!!! He looks so freaking huge and totally like, a real kid now. You know? My nephew is almost the same age and he seems so much younger to me. Ezra looks shockingly with it and so totally capable. Blows my mind.

Sarah

Wow, Noah looks so much like Jason in the third-to-last picture! What darling boys, though you're right, where did the babies go?! I say it's time for one more babalah. Aren't you just dying to update Zero to Forty?

Kristen

Why does Ezra look like, I don't know, an actual person now? No baby to nomnomnom on? Ridiculous.

It's like humans grow up or something.

And Noah looks so much like Jason, it's ridiculous as well.

Jenn H

OK, you seriously had me worried with the "late bus" angle.... I was thinking you were going to say that you had him ready for the 1st day of school on the WRONG DAY. Didn't that happen once before!?!?
Thank goodness THAT wasn't a repeat. :)

Hope 1st day went well!!

Starbuck

It's really weird how one day they are your baby and the next they are a kid. I have 2 in middle school now and one in 3rd grade. She will always be a baby in my eyes, though.

kathryn

The look of utter adoration on Ezra's face is absolutely priceless.

sara

I was going to say what Kathryn did - the way Ez looks at Noah makes me sad that I can't give my guy a sibling.... god it's adorable!

tracey

:( Big guy. Somebody replaced my toddler with an eleven year old. That? Is not a nice prank.

jessiee

yup. my girl baby is 16, and my boy baby just turned 15 and started high school last week. I have pictures like that, too. It's scary.

Sunny

freaky...I remember you trying to get pregnant and now Ezra wants to get on the bus with Noah, WTF? Is this site a time portal and reading it makes time whiz by?

My baby started her senior year in high school and it's freaking me out. Not because of how old she is, but because REAL decisions are forced upon them now. How the hell can they expect her to know what she wants to do for a living when she can't even decide what head-band to wear or pick up her damn room? Kids, can't live with em, can't throw them out of the car while flying down I-29 because they are so ungrateful even after you spent $380.00 in clothes for them.

JennyM

What the hell, dude? Isn't Noah still a baby? And didn't you just have Ezra? I'm totally not old enough to have been reading you this long.

Judy

I'm sorry, but Ezra is about the cutest thing that ever lived. He is SO planning to flag down the next school bus and join Nona at school.

Brianna Storch (no relation to Amalah)

I love seeing little kids with backbacks half the size of their body, filled with nothing except a pencil, a few sheets of paper, Crayola or off-brand crayons, and mouth/digestive system friendly glue.

Then makes me realize that in about 1-2 short years, but little guy will be right their with all the others.
I'm skeptical as he still has a good helping of baby fat, and little dimples on the cutest of places. No way this kid is going to school soon.

Until I see your photos and remember how they were babies once. Am I really getting that old too?

Brianna Storch (no relation to Amalah)

I love seeing little kids with backbacks half the size of their body, filled with nothing except a pencil, a few sheets of paper, Crayola or off-brand crayons, and mouth/digestive system friendly glue.

Then makes me realize that in about 1-2 short years, but little guy will be right their with all the others.
I'm skeptical as he still has a good helping of baby fat, and little dimples on the cutest of places. No way this kid is going to school soon.

Until I see your photos and remember how they were babies once. Am I really getting that old too?

Becca

Noah and I got the same backpack for back to school :) Both boys are so handsome!

Becca

Noah and I got the same backpack for back to school :) Both boys are so handsome!

Becca

Noah and I got the same backpack for back to school :) Both boys are so handsome!

Becca

Noah and I got the same backpack for back to school :) Both boys are so handsome!

Mariana Perri

Noah is looking so boyish... where on Earth did that little baby dude go????

Mary

That picture, fourth from the bottom? LOVE! I love the look on Ezra's face as he looks at Noah. I have so many of my little boys, with the younger one staring at the older one just like that. I even have one of my brother and me at the same age, and he's got that same look on his face. Love the sibling worship. And love it even more when they're adults and still best friends.

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