5:52 am: Roll over, peek at clock. Crap, alarm goes off in 8 minutes.
5:56 am: Give up and get out of bed.
6:02 am: My brother and his kids call, all very wide awake and very loud. I mumble at them for a few minutes and then tell him he has the wrong number. They called to wish Kate a happy first day but I had to tell them that she wasn't getting up until 6:30 so I would relay the message.
6:30 am: Begin the waking process with Kate. She was not pleased. It took me about 5 minutes just to get her to sit up on her cot that she sleeps on when she comes into our bedroom because she's not allowed in our bed anymore. Another 5 minutes passed before she sort of stood up.
7:10 am: Run out onto the front porch and take a few photos. Remembered at the last minute to grab the Class of 2028 t-shirt that I made for her to wear on every first day of school until she graduates for a photo op. She wants to take a picture in front of the garage for some reason.
7:27 am: We make it into the cafeteria where her class is all sitting in the designated spot. Parents are everywhere, but I am the only one it seems who came dressed in her work out clothes today. Look, ladies, I know about half of you are going to eventually start showing up in your yoga pants and hat hair, I just did it on the first day so as to set the bar where it needed to be. No need for you to all put on make-up today, for crying out loud! Why would you want me to feel so out of place?
Sometime around 7:30 we began the walk down to her classroom, parents and kids and her tiny little teacher, who kind of disappeared as we walked down the hallway. Seriously, she's so little.
"We really just did that." he said.
Yes, we sure did.
He headed straight to work from there and I walked home, adding a few extra streets to get my exercise in for the day. I didn't cry the whole way, maybe just the first quarter of a mile or so. Now I'm home, listening to the clock tick until I can go pick her up!