The past 2 weeks have been an absolute whirlwind!
We desperately tried to cram in the last few days of summer fun. I reached my 37th week of pregnancy, and went into early labor that evening. Our sweet boy arrived 2 days later, and we received some very unexpected news in the delivery room. Once home, we were thrown into life with 4 kids. There was no time to rest, because we had to get Dylan and Lexie ready for the school year. We had daily visitors, one last summer party with our friends, and then it was time...
We sadly said goodbye to summer break, and got ready for the first day of school. I am probably the only mom who didn't want her kids to go back. I love having them home with me!
I was so worried about being in the hospital on Dylan and Lexie's first day of school. I'm so thankful Liam cooperated, and came early! I just had to be home for such a big day!
Surprisingly, the kids were up early on the first day. I heard Lily and Lexie chatting in their room at 6 AM, even though we didn't get out of bed until 7. Dylan and Lexie were cheerful and excited!
Lexie had to start out her day with some Liam snuggles. She has become a little mommy to him!
Dylan was dressed and ready to go, complete with his new hoodie, within minutes.
Lily helped me prepare a special pancake breakfast while all this was going on!
The big kids crowded around the table to have their special first day of school breakfast.
The moment I had been dreading quickly arrived. It was time to send off my big kids to first and third grade!
Each year, this day gets harder. The kids are another year older and another year closer to being adults. I know that's the point of raising kids, but it breaks my heart to let them go! This year was even more difficult, thanks to the fact that Lexie was going to be gone all day and thanks to all the postpartum hormones coursing through my body!
The bus drove down the street toward us, and I just wanted to shoo the kids back inside. Instead, I watched as they climbed those big steps and took their seats. I clutched my newborn to my chest, held back a crying Lily who tried to get on the bus with her big brother and sister, and blinked back my tears as I waved goodbye to them.
As the bus pulled away, I turned around and let the tears flow.
Luckily, I had an adorable toddler to chase around and a precious baby to snuggle.
By the end of the afternoon, my entire house was spotless and I was ready for my babies to come home! My parents stopped by to greet them as they climbed off the bus. I think they were more excited to see their baby brother!
We had a quick back-to-school photo shoot right after they got home.
Lily did not want to be left out of that one! Not yet, baby girl! Not yet!
The kids were happy to be home! They were exhausted after their long day, but also very eager to fill us in on everything that happened.
I pray Dylan and Lexie have a great, happy, healthy, safe year! My babies are growing up too fast!!!