A Note to Myself on My Daughter’s First Day of Kindergarten

A Note to Myself on My Daughter’s First Day of Kindergarten //

Slow down, Mom.

Let her pick out her outfit, even though you can do it faster. Let her do her own hair, even though you can do it faster. Let her pack her lunch, even though you can do it faster. Let her put all the keychains she owns on her sparkly unicorn backpack, even though you can do it faster.

Slow down, Mom.

Because you can’t slow down her first smile, her first step or her first loose tooth. Because you can’t slow down kindergarten, high school or college. Because she’s in a hurry to grow up.

Slow down, Mom.

Before you know it, you’ll be attempting to heal a broken heart instead of a scraped knee. Before you know it, you’ll be watching her drive herself to school instead of riding the bus. Before you know it, you’ll trade tutus for prom dresses. Before you know it, you’ll be crying those tears down the aisle, instead of the hallway from kindergarten.

Slow down, Mom.

Slow down the moments, because you can’t slow down the years.

Slow down, Mom.

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Allison Nelson
I’m a lifelong Wisconsinite and I’m so excited to be joining The Lake Country Mom!! I live in Delafield with my husband and my two kids + one on the way! We are currently smack dab in the toddler years in my house, which means I have just started exploring family friendly activities, events and restaurants. I’m honored to be joining a team that helps bring these experiences to Lake Country families!! When I’m not wrangling my two little ones, I work as an OB/Gyn for Moreland OB/Gyn in Waukesha and Hartland. I love serving women in the community I live in. I started and run a Facebook group called Moreland Moms (feel free to join us!). It is an interactive group of 650+ local moms, helping and supporting each other through life’s greatest (and at times, most stressful) journey. In my free time, I love exploring local shops and restaurants. I love a good cup of coffee, a well arranged cheeseboard, a glass of red or a local microbrew. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences in Lake Country with everyone! // Follow along on Instagram // Follow the Moreland OBGYN website + blog

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