My Sweet Avery Bug,
This morning is different than most. I'm sitting in my quiet office, drinking my hot cup of coffee, all by myself. No tiny feet running around me. No morning snuggles on the couch. Something is missing, and it's you. I dropped you off at Kindergarten this morning. You were beaming with joy. You've been waiting all summer for this day. In fact, you were so excited that you wanted summer to go by "super fast!" While I am of course so happy that you are more than ready for school, this is one milestone that has hit me hard.
You are my baby. My last baby. When I sent your older brother off to Kindergarten four years ago, it wasn't quite as hard, because you were still home with me. This is an entirely new chapter of my life. One I'm not entirely prepared for.
I vividly remember saying to myself on Lincoln's first day of Kindergarten, "It's okay, Kami. You still have four more years with Avery at home." Four whole years. That seemed like such a long time. I just never imagined it would go by so quickly.
But here we are. And as much as I try my hardest, there is no pause button in life. Nothing can slow down time. We just have to savor each moment. Every memory. Every cuddle. Every second of your life and your childhood, I cherish.
You are such a bright light in my life. You radiate joy and happiness. You have the biggest laugh, and you give the most fierce hugs.
While this is a new chapter in both of our lives, I am so excited for this next adventure. Seeing you so happy about learning and discovering new things warms my heart.
One thing I admire most about you, is you are your own person. At just 5 years old, you know what you like, and what you don't like. And? You're not afraid to express your opinions. Please never change being YOU. That is something no one can ever take away from you. Hold strong to your heart and what makes you happy. Always believe in yourself, and if you ever get discouraged, please know I will always be there for you, supporting you and cheering you on. I will be there for you. Always.
Kindergarten is such a bittersweet time for me. I'm mixed with so many emotions. But above all, I'm happy for YOU. I'm happy to see that bright smile, that little bounce in your step, as you walked into your school this morning. I am so incredibly proud of you, Avery. Words can truly not express how proud I am of you.
Happy first day of Kindergarten, Avery. This is just the beginning of YOUR great adventure! I love you so much, my little love bug. You will forever be my baby.
Love you most,