Today Allie is in fourth grade. FOURTH. It is kind of surreal. This is the first year I've ever had that "uh-oh" moment. I know, the rest of the real moms out there cried at kindergarten and first grade. Heck you probably cried the first time you put the baby in daycare.
Me? Not so much. Kindergarten was easy because Allie had transitioned from her daycare to preschool to kindergarten all within the same building.
|Look, my little girl first day of Kindergarten with no hair!|
First grade I was a little nervous. It was the first time I put Allie on the bus without knowing her teachers, friends and who the parents were. But Allie was so excited, she didn't even wave to me as she got on the bus.
(there would be a photo here if the child had noticed me as she got on the bus)
This year, for some reason, is different. I noticed the change about a week ago. Allie asked if her skin looked clearer. Ummmmm how does one answer that question? When I said yes (phew right answer) she told me she had washed her face. The conversation went:
ME: You washed your face?
ALLIE: Well, mom you know I'm going into fourth grade. Eventually I have to stop acting like a little girl.
ME: You couldn't start with brushing your teeth?
Then four days ago the girl started wearing lip gloss. Lip gloss! And started doing her hair. And I mean using shampoo without being threatened and then putting in barrettes and hair bands in her hair.
Two days ago doing the last minute
FYI this is NOT my cart, just a display
The day before school started she organized her book bag (a messenger bag, goodbye Selena Gomez back-pack), got a mirror and brush for her locker, laid out her dress and boots with gems on them all without being asked.
Once I recovered from the shock I told her it was time to take her shower. She asked if she could get up early for school and shower. Then I can blow dry and curl her hair.
I wonder if my daughter has been a victim of the body snatchers. This is not my girl. Yesterday, the first day of school, Allie got up early. She showered herself and washed her hair, face and everywhere! We blew dry her hair, tried to get a curl into it and she got herself all dolled up with peach lip gloss. It was then I realized....
Holy crap I've got a tween.