Where did my baby go? Oh yeah…to Kindergarten!

After 6 years of wanting to turn the clock forward, to see what ‘A’ will be like when she is *insert age here*, there are now some days where I want to turn the clock back. She started Kindergarten this year and it has been such a huge step for her…and for me! She loves everything about Kindergarten so far and I love that she loves it. Her school and teacher are great and she shows signs almost daily of becoming more and more grown up, more and more independent, more and more showing signs that she is now a Big Kid and leaving behind any sign of the baby I once had. Sometimes I long for those days of infant cooing and cuddling and the smell of Johnson & Johnson’s Bedtime Lotion.

With that said, I look at the other side. What has been a huge year of change for her has been one for me as well. With how fast “A” went from Baby to Big Girl, I went from diaper-changing-bottle-feeding-spit-up-wearing-no-makeup-always-in-comfy-pants-wanting-to-be-Donna-Reed-but-so-not-happening-Mommy (with the ‘my’) to the Class-PTO-Cookie-Dance-sometimes-makeup-most-of-the-time-in-comfy-pants-wanting-to-be-Donna-Reed-but-settling-for-Marge-Simpson-Mom (no ‘my’). It has become a very busy, non-stop life, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. Even on the days where I want to pull my hair out from fighting with said Big Girl, I am still proud of the way The Hubs and I are raising her and the Big Girl she is becoming.

Now if I could just get the dog to behave…


About Melissa

Melissa is a born & bred Jersey Girl, having lived in Middlesex County (Edison & East Brunswick) until age 11 when her family moved to Ocean County (Toms River) where she has been ever since. She married her husband/best friend, George in 2003 and in 2006 they finally welcomed their beautiful daughter, Alison. Melissa is now a chauffeur, short order cook, hairstylist, secretary and housekeeper, otherwise known as stay-at-home-mom and wouldn’t have it any other way. There’s nothing she loves more than curling up on the couch with Alison watching one of many Disney movies. Writing has always been a passion and somewhat of a therapy for Melissa. She was an active member of her high school newspaper during Junior & Senior years, and has also had school related articles published in the Ocean County Observer. Her most recent publication was the Fall 2009 issue of MS Connection; the quarterly magazine put out by the NJ Metro Chapter of the National MS Society. The article was about her and her every day battle with MS since August 2007. She credits her “easy” battle to the amazing support system she has in her very close-knit family and also to her own will to stay strong for them. Along with staying busy with her daughter, Melissa also loves scrapbooking, reading a good book, helping plan the next Disney vacation, or watching movies, reality TV or anything on the Food Network. Melissa is very excited to be part of Jersey Moms Blog and hope you’ll enjoy her thoughts as much as she loves giving them to you. You can also find Melissa on her personal blog Melissa’s Madness or on Twitter @melissa0208.


  1. gena says:

    very nice post Melissa — it is a rare occasion i am in anything But “comfy pants” these days!

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