Yes, my older two children brought home their school supply lists for the fall, (already!) My immediate feeling was, "No! I'm not ready for 1st grade and 3rd grade!" My stomach started to churn and an anxious feeling overwhelmed me for a moment. My personality type LOVES lists and getting things organized, but a more tender (and rare) side felt so sad to know that my babies are doing something so normal (growing!) and I can't do a thing to stop it!!
Now that the initial panicky feeling has subsided, I do look forward to taking each of my children for some special one-on-one time to shop for school supplies (in August!) and I am so grateful that they are developing and growing healthily.
For the new moms out there, you probably get tired of hearing it, but these little ones grow so quickly! I admit, with my first child, I had no idea what was to come. Some phases seemed to last forever and I did not have the experience/perspective to know that it was just a season, and that it would end, and something new would begin. I'm sure I am spoiling my 2 1/2 year old, but I am just basking in his innocence...I LOVE to watch him play and explore. I am often brought to tears, not because I am tired of the mundane and longing for the next phase (as I sometimes did with my first), but because I know this will end so quickly!