My itty bitty chunky monkey squiggly baby is making his first little step out into the world for the first time. As you all know, I don't stay home with my kids, but I don't send them to daycare either. I have been so lucky to have my mother care for my kids over the past 3.5 years. It has been a huge blessing for all of us, especially the babies. I always feel better about being away when I actually think about the love and care they are getting at NaNa's house. Not that babies aren't getting love and care at daycare too, because I know they are, I just love that since I can't be there someone I love can be.
So, for Ezra, he has been with me or my mom for most of his life. He's had little trips to MeMe's and short stays in nursery at church on occasion but this is different. This is a situation where a stranger gets to know and love my baby independently from me. It is such a wonderful blessing though. I wrote in Jonah's first day of Preschool post about his teachers and how they have shown him so much love and my prayer is the same for Ezra. I pray that he gets to be spoiled with love from ladies that put their hearts into their jobs.
The fun things about Ezra is, though, that these ladies found out about Ezra just shortly after Jonah found out. Except for summer break they were there watching and waiting as we did for a new little brother to come along. They waited and wondered with expectation when baby brother would arrive. Then, they got to see him as an itty bitty new baby when I picked up Jonah from MMO a few times while on maternity leave. Then, they got to see him with NaNa two days a week since he was her constant companion after I went back to work. I can't wait to see how this little stinker steals their hearts or gives them heart attacks - if it's anything like here with me.
As a side note they already did a handprint craft the first day (over achievers. lol) and his little hand was so smeared, but it's so perfect because that's so him. I have hardly even dreamed of getting him to be still to do anything. He's a busy bee this one. Never a dull moment.
So, here's to a great year of learning and growing! Here's to hoping he never has a clean handprint and always colors outside the lines!