Our morning has changed drastically since Mazzy started kindergarten two weeks ago. Mike and I used to leave both kids at home with our nanny when we left to go to work at 9:30am.
Now, Mazzy must be at school at 8:30am which means one of us has to leave the house at 8am to catch the 8:15am crosstown bus to get Mazzy to school on time.
Mazzy, who was used to lounging around in her pajamas watching Doc McStuffins well past when mom and dad walked out the door, now has to get dressed and ready to go as soon as she wakes up.
We don’t even let her watch television until she’s fully clothed with her hair done and eating breakfast. (Just so know, brushing Mazzy’s hair has become the absolute WORST— I threaten to chop it off every other day.)
In the morning, I always say the same thing.
“Do you want to wear pants or a dress?”
That’s my way of giving her a choice without really giving her a choice. We honestly don’t have time for Mazzy to pick her own clothes, unless she wants to do it the night before (she does not).
The advantage of picking Mazzy’s clothes myself is I have gotten her to agree to more outfits that aren’t pink— like this adorable Tucker & Tate striped dress from Nordstrom.
Isn’t blue really her color???
She loved it on sight and I pretended it was no big deal that she was so excited about something of the non-pink variety, lest she realize what she had done and change her mind.
There’s something about Mazzy in blue that makes her seem so much older than my little girl dressed head to toe in bubblegum pink.
Maybe it’s also the backpack and the bus.
No stroller, no scooter, no toddler board. Just riding the bus like a regular person with legs.
The bus comes every fifteen minutes so if we miss it, we are screwed and will be late for school. Yesterday, the bus came a minute early and we could see it taking off down the street as we turned the corner. I told Mazzy to run because if we were fast, we could catch up with it on the next block.
Bags in hand, we ran side by side, weaving in and out of pedestrians like we were in a video game. “Catch the bus or else you will be late to school!” They should put that on Nintendo Wii. (Rule #1: It’s important not to make eye contact with other parents while you are forcing your child to sprint down the sidewalk.)
We ended up passing the bus while running across 2nd Avenue and made it to the next stop before the bus got there. Oh my god, the laughter and happiness when Mazzy realized we had out-ran the bus.
I was pretty thrilled too. (After I caught my breath.)
I really love taking her to school. We get a seat, we say hello to other kids from her school who hop on, and it gives us fifteen solid minutes of time to chat. Sometimes we are quiet, sometimes she is distracted by another kid, but mostly, we are laughing and making mommy-daughter small talk.
Do you have gym today?
What do you think you will do at recess?
Who are you excited to see in class?
Mike and I take turns taking Mazzy to school, because the commute fits into both of our schedules and we both like the extra quality time. Plus, I really like the commute from her school to my office which is a nice twenty minute walk. Mike likes riding the citibike up to his office.
I’m sure the joy will fade when it gets cold out.
Another non-pink outfit I was able to sneak into rotation is this super soft kitty sweater with sparkly denim leggings. Mazzy went crazy over the sweater texture and wore it the day after it arrived in the mail.
Have I mentioned that waiting for the bus creates the perfect picture taking opportunity?
When Mazzy first started kindergarten, I was way more apprehensive than I thought I would be. Would she make friends easily? Would she be able to keep up in her class as the youngest kid?
After two weeks, she has made friends already. When she arrives at school, she says hello to people, she talks about kids by name at home and she’s seems genuinely happy to be there. A lot of my uneasiness has faded in such a short time.
When she walked in on this particular day, I said goodbye as everyone gathered around to touch her sweater.
“It’s so soft,” the kids repeated.
“Yeah, my mom got it for me.”
It reminded me that she is still really small and for now, making friends is a pretty simple affair.
Speaking of small, Nordstrom sent Harlow a bunch of clothes too, like this Tucker & Tate Dress, cotton hoodie and polka dot jeggings. Unfortunately, Harlow is an itty bitty peanut and everything was way too big.
Now if only I could freeze time and keep her that way.
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Cute, cute, cute!! I want that blue dress in my size!
I love Mazzy’s hair! So cute! And probably half the reason why she looks like a teenager! How do I get Nordstrom to send my daughter clothes? Lol!
I love Tucker and tate. My sister in law works at Nordstrom and she says that is actually their in house brand! So is stem baby which I did not know.. Both lines clothes are so freakin soft and my picking 5 year old loves it.
Mazzy has the most gorgeous hair ever! That last photo of her makes her look sooo grown up. Time zooms right by when you have kids, I swear. Stay tiny forever Harlow!
Does Nordstrom pick the outfits they send to you? ‘Cause maybe I need to employ a Nordstrom personal shopper so I can look as cool as your kids.
They are seriously adorable. Mazzy has grown up so much in the time I’ve been following your blog, and I love those photos of Harlow. She is precious.
Okay, funniest thing. My 5yo son happened to be looking over my shoulder when I came across this post, and he started DRILLING ME with questions about Mazzy. He was very excited to hear that she’s in America (we’re in Vienna, Austria), and that she speaks ENGLISH, lol! We’ve been here for over 2 years and he speaks fluent German now (he’s also in Kindergarten), but he’s always super-excited when he meets fellow English-speakers. 🙂 He has a total crush on Mazzy now, said she was “the most beautiful”, and he said, “Man, I’d love to meet her.” If Mazzy needs a pen-pal in Vienna, I’ve got her guy right here. Haha!
What’s a citibike? I’m a suburb girl, obviously.
its kind of like a bike sharing company. They have them in most cities. Look up their website, its pretty cool actually 🙂
I have my daughter do everything she needs to do to get ready for school (including eating and brushing her teeth) first, then if she has extra time she can watch a show, sometimes it is a minute, other times it is more. This is when I brush her hair! It works so well to have her distracted!!
So cute!!!! We are in our first year of kinder too. I agree with Mariette on brushing/doing hair while watching a show. Totally helps in our house. But i was going to add that I will put my daughter’s hair in a braid the night before to minimize tangles. Spray detangler on it right before braiding at night and it is way easier in the morning.
Also on the clothes, I started putting away her clean clothes on outfit hangers or in bundles so she chooses a whole outfit at once. I know this may be obvious to other people but not having to scrounge through the dirty clothes for a matching skirt has helped our mornings a lot! 🙂
Do you ever use detangler spray in her hair when combing it? That is our life-saver (or, long-hair saver 😉 for hair that is too tangled to easily brush but too clean to warrant a wash 🙂
I love the pictures of your girls! Harlow’s bangs are the cutest! I don’t have kids yet but reading your blog makes having kids seem less terrifying because you are open about the challenges and the joys!
Your kids are just too darn cute and stylish! I can’t take it! Glad she’s adjusting well to kindergarten!
I can’t believe how big Mazzy is getting. She’s just a little older than my four year old son, and I keep thinking that maybe both of them will slow down ont he growing up thing eventually – but eventually doesn’t seem to be getting her any time soon! I will say this though – even though brushing Mazzy’s hair is a task, enjoy it! My itty bitty peanut (who’s a few months younger than Harlow) has NO HAIR. Like none. SO every post of your girls with their fabulous hair genes just makes me so jealous! Ha ha! I’ve resorted to headbands with bows on them just so we could have some kind of hair accessory going on! Sigh!
Love this post! Your girls are beautiful. 🙂 About the hair…Babo Botanicals makes a smoothing shampoo (and I think they have a detangler as well) that we use on our daughter and it seems to help. Also, try the Wet Brush. Fewer tears when you have to pull that brush quickly through tangled hair!
Your daughters are so beautiful. I am sure you hear it all the time, but really…
My 2.5 year old has super long, thick, curly hair so I really feel your pain with fixing hair in the a.m. If you don’t have one already, I highly recommend the “Tangle Teaser” hairbrush. It truly works and saves many tears and frustrations.
Ha! My daughter is 8 and I just cut her luscious mane up to her shoulders. I WAS DONE.
We have a strict no TV before you are dressed and ready to go rule in our house too. Which pretty much equates to no TV before school because he never manages to be quick enough – the king of distraction and procrastination always finds a reason to dawdle – and he wears uniform so it’s not like he chooses his clothes! Go figure. No worries, no high pitched kids TV voices before 8:30am is kinda nice. Much as I love Doc I don’t miss her time for a check up first thing or the kids joining in her sing songs about healthy eating when they didn’t eat their fruit at breakfast….
The big kid time sounds wonderful and a treat for everyone – I have an often petulant 4yr old in one hand and a 10mth old slinged on the front as we gee along the 6yr old for the school run. But they’re not allowed to grow up either so I’m not complaining 😉
We have worked with my daughter to get her outfit picked out the night before and it has helped us enormously. She finally agreed to do this the night before when she understood that allowed for more TV watching time in the morning (after she gets dressed, has breakfast and brushes teeth, of course).
I love Nordstroms children’s department. We always buy gift outfits for kids there. So cute, stylish, different than anything else you will find and sturdy. Taking time during commuting with children as bonding time is great. I always love when I have to take our daughter somewhere in a car. It’s the one time the teenager opens up!
when my daughter was little she had really long hair. I would braid it into a pony tail before she fell asleep. No tangles in the morning!
Love the blue stripes! My daughter just turned 3 and has to wear a dress every day. She’s not picky about what she wears just as long as she gets to pick it out herself. She refuses to let me put her hair in a pony or pig tail. I have to bribe or trick her.
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