first day of pre-k for Em! i somehow had the foresight to take today and tomorrow off of work; if i hadn’t i surely would’ve been so distracted i wouldn’t have gotten anything done anyway. my husband was able to go in late this morning too, so we all walked her to school which was great! she skipped…SKIPPED to school. she was SO excited.
i was actually really nervous about today. she’s my first little one going to school, and i just have all sorts of feelings about how i don’t want school to mess with her. i had a rough time with being teased and just feeling constantly awkward in middle school especially, but i’ve been telling myself she’s only in pre-K, the school is full of really nice people, she’s there with three of her cousins (one is even in her class) and she already knows her teacher because her son goes to the same babysitter…she’ll be fine. she loves learning and playing with other kids her age, so she’s totally ready for school; it’s just that i’m not quite there yet!
sometimes when i’m stressed, i make myself super busy so i don’t have time to think about what’s stressing me out. for instance, i decided she needed a handmade backpack last week and let her pick out the material. i figured, once again, if she will be wearing a uniform, she needs a super Em-like backpack. she chose this very cool strawberry laminated cotton by timeless treasures, with pink piping and a pink zipper.
it’s the Made by Rae toddler backpack pattern. i enlarged it to school size per Rae’s instructions, basted canvas to the laminated cotton for structure, added a split pocket in the front, a patch pocket on the inside, and fully lined it in this green wicker print by michael miller that i’ve had for ages. i sewed everything except the lining with my walking foot, which worked great.
the backpack is not a quick sew as i mentioned before, but it is SO satisfying when it’s done!
since we were out of town for the labor day weekend, i didn’t finish the backpack until monday afternoon as naptime ended (well, aside from hand sewing the lining). but on my way home…i had also decided i needed to make her a dress for her first day (she doesn’t have to wear a uniform for the first two weeks, which gives me more time to procrastinate/sew).
i stayed up until almost 2am finishing the backpack and making the dress – so worth it. i poured a lot of love into the dress and made it just for her to feel good on her first day. it’s in pink and purple, her favorite colors, with a full twirly skirt, pink buttons, pink bow, and pink trim! i had even picked up a couple H&M flower clips for her hair.
the pattern is my own design, the same one i made for her amelie dress (which she loves) but with the back tie and a few tweaks. shirring wasn’t working for me last night and i had wanted to try a tie anyway, so that helped take away some of the boxiness while keeping it comfy. i think i might make this available as a free pattern/tutorial sometime in the future, if people are interested..
the tie is bias tape, the bottom band is shot cotton, and the fabric is kona cotton…i really love how it looks on her and of course she loves the colors.
she had a great first day at school (they played dress up, had story time, took a walking tour of the school…important stuff). it was strange for me just being home with O all morning – I haven’t spent much one-on-one time with him like that for a long time, since Em is usually around! neat to have that time with him now that he’s really starting to turn into a little chatterbox. the one time i teared up was when he asked “where Em go?” this morning! argh!
when we went to pick her up and i told her he had missed her, she gave him a “big squeeze” to make him feel better. she also called him her best friend. seriously, it was a heartmelter. :)
hope all you mamas sending your little ones off to school are making it through okay!