So I just dropped three entire children off at school, one FIFTH GRADER who is already so over it, a second grader who was like BYEEEEEEE PLZ LEAVE NO YAY, and sadly, the world's most terrified-looking kindergartner.
Ike was expecting, I think, for us to walk him into his classroom, but since the school is approximately 97% made of kindergartners (rough estimate) at this point, they instead were corralling them in the gymnasium where each child was labeled and instructed to line up by homeroom and wait.
Ike's face was like, "I'm so confused. I've made a huge mistake. Also they labeled me as Isaac."
I spent ages filling out multiple forms listing both Ike's legal name and preferred name, and was assured that would be noted in "the system." It was not. His teacher promised him a new label once they got to the classroom but of course as we left we could still hear people calling him Isaac. So anybody on the to-nickname-or-not-to-nickname fence out there, I must report that a different legal name CAN be a bit of a pain in the ass, leading to blank dumb stares in doctors' offices because who the hell is Isaac, and also your child might get labeled wrong on the first day of kindergarten and you'll be chirpily saying goodbye to a kid on the verge of tears, no buddy it's okay, it's okay, you're gonna get a new label and it's all gonna be GREAT.
(My whole "I don't get emotional about sending kids off to school anymore" facade was thoroughly cracked and I may have come home and curled up in a sad little worry ball for awhile. HE LOOKED SO SMALL AND SCARED MY BABYYYYY.)
They're all riding the bus home today and I basically begged Noah and Ezra to make sure Ike was on the bus before it leaves, like LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER. YOU'RE ALL YOU'VE GOT HERE IN THIS BIG ASS JUNGLE OF A SCHOOL.
I took approximately four dozen of the obligatory front-step first-day photos.
Did I get a single one with all three of them looking at the camera?
Or at least one where someone's "smile" wasn't slowly morphing into that of a serial killer?
No. I did not. But I did get one where EVERYBODY closed their eyes, so hey. They match.