I Totally Ruined My Son's First Day of School

Mom Moment 29

first day of schoolOh man -- something happened in my household this morning that I've been anxiously awaiting for a good couple of weeks now. Yep, you guessed it -- my kid went back to school. Sure, I love the extra time I got to spend with him this summer, but as a full-time working mom, the period between camp ending and school beginning has been more than a bit hectic, to say the least.

And that's why I practically jumped out of bed singing today all eager to get him ready for his first day of second grade and send him on his merry way.

But now that he's been at school for a few hours and I've finally reclaimed somewhat of a normal routine -- I have to admit I feel a little guilty.

You guys, my kid totally got the shaft this morning as far as back to school excitement goes.

When he started kindergarten and first grade, it was practically a national holiday up in here. I took like a gazillion pictures in every location in and around our house I could think of, from him getting out of bed to him posing on the front stoop with an adorable grin on his face to him getting on the bus, the bus pulling away -- you get the idea.

Those two days in his life were such huge milestones. Then we woke up today and it was no big deal at all -- like it was any other day of the school year. (I didn't even come close to shedding one single tear!)

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Take a look at the photo above one more time -- do you notice anything strange? Yep. His shirt is way too small. Come to think of it, he wore the same damn polo last year for his first grade pictures -- so what the hell made me think it would still fit him this year? And I didn't even bother to change it, because then I would've had to pick him out a different pair of shorts, which felt like way too much of an effort in the 10 minutes we had before the bus showed up.

No, I didn't do any back to school shopping because it's still hot as hell. I figured if I bought him new t-shirts and shorts, they'd only fit for a month or so and then he'd outgrow them. Like the shirt from last summer. (Uhh, what?)

And don't even get me started on school supplies. I sent him off with a couple of pencils and nothing else because the teacher didn't send a list this summer. No list means I'm not expected to buy anything, right? (Guess I'll know for sure when he comes home.)

Wait, it gets worse. When I looked at the school lunch menu for this week, I almost did a cartwheel -- because today was chicken tenders, which means I didn't even have to pack my little dude a sandwich. (Score!) Hope he's cool with it and wasn't too disappointed today when all the other kids wound up with little surprises in their lunches. Fail. Or maybe not? The kid does really dig chicken tenders.

(Post-first day update: He got off the bus and said, "Best first day of second grade EVER!" before running and giving me a hug. Whew. Guess this means I'm still in the running for Mom of the Year.)

Has your back to school enthusiasm changed as your kids have gotten older?


Image via Mary Fischer

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Bless your lil' heart!  At least you are honest about it.  I love the fact your son didn't even notice a thing.  He was back in school with his friends.  Yahooo!

youth... youthfulsoul

Nothing wrong with that. And the next 10 years will probably go the same way, if you're anything like me. Haha

mompam mompam

At least you took a picture. There have been years that I missed it. Once I took them the second day and pretended it was the first.

smtxc... smtxcowgirl

Your school district's website most likely had back-to-school information with school supply lists.  Didn't he have a registration for returning students that you had to attend, and/or a meet-the-teacher night a week or so before school began?  The school would have had all the information you needed then as well.  

I know I can be incredibly disorganized but I couldn't imagine not being prepared for the kids to go back to school.  I live in Texas and it's hot as hell here but we go in the morning or evening to get back-to-school clothes and supplies.  Yeah, it sucks but it's better than being unprepared.  

nonmember avatar Mara

Why are you bragging about overlooking your son?

Katha... Katharine205

We did a little back to school shopping (few pairs of pants and a couple shirts) but I agree that she'll only wear it for a month so I'll take her shopping when the weather starts to cool.  Mine is in kindergarten this year (first day of school ever!) so she didn't need much in the way of school supplies but I remember my mom always waiting until after the first day of school to make sure we got just what we actually needed, it's not like they're doing book reports the first day.

Coles... Coles_mom

Our school dint allow the parents in with the kids- so I didn't get any of the traditional first day in the classroom shots. We did go to open house, but that's a nightmare for pictures.

nonmember avatar Melissa

Ok...people being rude to her...GET OVER YOURSELF!!! It's SECOND GRADE, at least she GOT a picture! As for the clothes, I sooooo don't blame you! I mean, a couple of weeks of summer clothes that he can't wear next year? NO THANK YOU! And hahahahaha on the school supplies, it probably is online, but he won't use half of them right now anyway! I <3 the sanctimommies having a shit-fit on you though, I needed a good laugh!

nonmember avatar blh

Parents over react about the dumbest stuff. You didn't "ruin" anything. I'm glad my mom never tried to take a picture of me bc I cried like a baby every time i had to go back to school.

nonmember avatar blh

"I can't imagine senging my kid to school unprepared" Do you really think he's going to need EVERYTHING on the first day. Wtf lol. Bitchy.

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