Today was a big day.
I woke up extra early this morning.
I made a lunch.
I packed a backpack.
I slipped into the darkness of my little boy's room,
gently woke him up,
and told him
"Good Morning! Today is school day!"
Today was Hudson's first day of preschool.
He has been excited from the very first mention of preschool.
So when he woke up bright and early and realized that today was THE big day,
he was ecstatic.
Since we are still at Mom & Dad's,
our drive to preschool is much longer than it would be if we were at home.
So during our hour long drive there,
we had fun singing songs together,
and talking about school.
We picked up Will from work so that he could go with us to walk Hudson in,
and that made our little guy extra happy.
We got to see the classroom before the other kids arrived,
and while we were looking around,
Hudson met one of his teachers.
As she introduced herself,
he inched toward her,
wanting a hug.
It was so precious.
She gave him a squeeze and said, "Oh, you're a sweet one!"
We knew he would be in good hands.
We walked him down to the gym to join his fellow classmates,
and he jumped right into the fun,
running in circles with the other little ones,
and falling down
and jumping up
and running some more.
We told him goodbye.
We told him we'd be back to get him after he had lunch.
He came back to us twice,
and asked us not to go,
but the third time he hugged us, and said that he was going
to make snow angels.
I held back my tears all the way until I made it to the parking lot.
When we picked him up,
they walked him out and he said:
when he spotted us.
I was so happy to see that little guy.
So far we've heard:
"I had fun at school!"
"I made lots of friends. Boys and girls."
"There is no running in the classroom."
"Teacher said we could color later."
"I ate my lunch: turkey sandwich, some chips, grapes, and two cookies."
"I got to use glue!"
"Mama said she'd be back to get me. I wasn't worried."
All in all,
sounds like a pretty good day.
Almost three and half years ago,
I was in a hospital room,
holding my tiny little boy,
brand new and so very sweet.
Those moments feel so fresh,
and these new memories are so very bittersweet.
From first breaths to the first day of preschool,
I am so thankful to God for every single moment
of Hudson's amazing journey.