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Lynda Loveland: 3 for 3

Posted July 11, 2012

Lynda Loveland

It’s official. My baby is a kindergartner! I’ve been looking forward to it and dreading it at the same time. Yes, it will be nice to not pay for day care, but it also means my baby is no longer a baby.

The night before school I found myself staring at her while she was sleeping. I was looking at her beautiful long lashes, the little bit of baby fat left in her cheeks and her thumb still firmly suctioned in her mouth. My sweet little baby girl.

She wants to be with me all the time. She loves to be held and to curl up on my lap, sucking her thumb. But at the same time she wants to be a big girl, carry a purse, paint her nails and go to school. If she could figure out a way to make thumb sucking cool in school, she would. That’s a look she could rock!

Not to get all sappy, but it’s the end of the baby era for me. It makes me sad because I loved being pregnant, loved having babies and loved taking care of babies. I think that’s a hard stage for women to go through and one that’s not talked about much.

I’m ready to embrace what’s ahead. I just have to wrap my head around it. It sure makes me think more about making every minute count with my kids. They’ll be teens before I know it!

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill and Lynda in the Morning. Find her here on Thursdays. Click here to see her Facebook page.


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  • jwstevens04 Jul 19, 2012 baby starts kindergarten in August too...and it's bitter-sweet...I love to see them healthy and happy but each step is just a bit of heartbreak. My son will be in 2nd grade, my baby girl will be in kindergarten, so, like you, my baby days are over and it's very difficult to adjust to.

  • snowl Jul 12, 2012

    I smiled when I read that your daughter could rock thumb sucking in school. My daughter struggled to quit the habit into elementary school, but sometimes that ol' thumb would make it's way into her mouth during class. Remarkably, none of her classmates ever teased her. The teacher told me that he would quietly walk by her desk and give her a gentle tap on the top of her head. That was the signal that reminded her to stop. I thought it was such a kind way for him to handle it...:)

  • momof3saysno Jul 12, 2012

    Agreed 1000%...My oldest is getting ready to start his 2nd year of college, my middle is starting college & the "baby" is starting High School. Yes, time goes faster than a blink, I too, Lynda loved being pregnant, having babies, taking care of babies, and now my job as mommy is changing rapidly, daily way too fast to absorb! They still need you, just in a different way..I have all boys, and I'm happy & proud to say they enjoy hanging around and being around. For that I am grateful! But treasure, treasure, treasure this time when they are not teens & young adults..because time more than flies when you are a mommy! Good Luck for an awesome transition year!!!

  • angelasullivan9 Jul 12, 2012

    I completely understand Linda I really feel like I am going to need a nerve pill this school year. My 14 year old starts High School and my baby starts Kindergarten. Where does the time go?

  • haleyandbryce Jul 12, 2012

    I have three kids as well and the oldest will be going into the 8th grade this year, the middle child entering 4th and then there is my sweet baby, 5 months old. Every milestone he reaches I cry because I know it will be the last of that milestone I ever witness. It's very hard to except no more babies but I've been blessed with three beautiful, healthy kids and thats enough for me :-) Best of luck on your little one's new adventure!

  • jennibul Jul 12, 2012

    I completely understand. I am a stay at home mom and my children are starting 10th grade and 7th grade. As my son is getting closer and closer to his senior year I get so sad. I am realizing my "job" is almost over with him. As a mother, we take our job so serious and most of us love every minute and every stage our children go through. It is a blessing to be a mother and it is a "job" that just doesn't last long enough. I know once my kids graduate from High School things around our home will never be quite the same. Enjoy her kindergarten is such a sweet age.

  • kellypratz Jul 12, 2012

    Seems like yesterday my oldest was starting school and here she is about to start 5th grade. My youngest will be going to 1st grade and I think "where did the time go?". They definitely grow up too fast.

  • katizs Jul 12, 2012

    Lynda - I understand how you feel 100% - my baby just finished kindergarten back in May and it sounds like she was the same as your daughter - she only wanted to be with either me or my mom. It is a hard transition - but enjoy all the new things she will share with you and hope the best for you & that she will have a WONDERFUL year