We received the confirmation that Isabelle was accepted into the pre-primary school we had applied to, for next year.
In 5 months time, my wee girl will be in Grade R — I usually am not very sentimental over these things, but the fact that my little baby girl will be in Grade R next year, and then I will blink and she will be standing in her school uniform in Grade 1, does make my breath catch a little bit in my throat.
I know the old cliche of it all passes so quickly, and not to wish your child’s baby years away. But damn, it is exactly like that.
Isabelle is still my baby – even though she is a bit of a thug, and can throw a punch like no one’s business. But she is still my baby, who cuddles up next to me, and puts her head on my shoulder as she sucks her thumbs and rubs here “doggie.”
By the time Isabelle is in Grade 1, Georgia will be in Grade 4 – which puts her in the senior phase of her school. Her uniform changes from a tracksuit to the formal school uniform. I can’t imagine her Wednesday (where they) legs in a dress, and black school shoes.
Connor will be in Grade 7, and be starting his high school career.
It is all a bit much actually. Where the hell does it all go?
It feels like a very short time ago when I was breastfeeding Connor.
It feels like a blink since I arrived home from hospital with Georgia, the surprise girl I did not expect.
It feels like this morning when I was sitting rocking Isabelle, and rocking her, because she was not sleeping and I thought that this dear beautiful girl was going to be the death of me.
I am here to warn you that all the clichés, every last kitchy one of them, every annoying little thing that strange people say, whilst you roll your eyes is true.
Except the one about you having heartburn and your child having a lot of hair.
And the one about if your baby stands early your child will have bandy legs.
That is all total bull shit, but the other stuff is mostly true … it does go by in a blink of an eye, and it does make you feel a bit lost and forlorn that they no longer need you as much.
Baby Connor – 10 December 2001
Georgia born – 20 June 2005
Isabelle born – 10 June 2009