• Anna

    Talking about quantum leaping….next thing you know, you’ll hear that she’s secretly eating broccoli and peanutbutter/jelly sandwiches with her friends…..
    She looks so ready to meet that big world.

  • Anonymous

    A HUGE THANK YOU Dooce…a huge thank you from the new mother here in Wisconsin, that is wondering if it will ever get better… Hearing about Leta’s first day…it just makes it all feel so much better…

  • Stacey

    p.s wtf #41?

  • Lori

    Thank you so much for this post! My wee man is 14 months old and I ALREADY DREAD THE DAY! (Well, most of the time. LOL)

  • Twyla


  • http://herlandnotebook.blogspot.com/ Cheryl

    First time commenter (I think). Very sweet post. I’m just a couple years away from it and can only imagine the huge step this is for you both. Congratulations!

  • http://longislanddailyphoto.blogspot.com/2009/03/garden-gnomes.html Lily

    That is really sweet! I love the part about the pediatrician asking the parents if they are OK. Very funny, but oh so true, at least it was with us too.

    & I love the photo of Leta. Oh my gosh what a little darling.

  • MeredithS

    I have always, always wanted children. So much so that I’ve even said I think it is what I was meant to do in life. Yet the closer I get to that stage, the more terrified I am about having them. Reading your blog (especially this one) has helped reassure me of my desire. Thank you for sharing those moments that only a parent can experience and a future parent can anticipate.

  • http://poopandboogies.com William

    meet for dinner and a glass of wine? What are you going to stop drinking bourbon by then?

  • http://bea.typepad.com Bea

    Hormones! Crazy! Tears!

    I’m not trying to get pregnant to be pregnant, I’m trying to get pregnant to have days like this one.

    Sounds like a GREAT day to be a parent.

  • http://www.letterw.blogspot.com/ Mx

    you… are awesome

  • http://www.GenesisRxHealth.com Kristina C.

    But! What did she eat for lunch??!!!

  • Amanda Whitesides

    I just went through this two weeks ago with my little girl – she’s one of the reasons that I love your site so much, being just a few months younger than Leta! The only difference was, on our end, I was the only one with the tears, and Kaya couldn’t wait to start this new chapter! Aaack!

    So, you totally made me cry again. Bitch!

    Unfollow! (lol)

  • http://www.candysticklane.blogspot.com Candy Stick Lane

    School is such an adventure – my little girl started her junior year of high school and remember the 2nd day of K she told me to stay in the car – she didnt ‘need’ me to walk her in! LOL! You’re a great mommy and she is awesome – im sure it will be a great experience for you both! XO

  • stacy

    Your appreciation of where you are now with Leta, and your family, keeps me going.
    you know what that means.
    thank you.

  • floridagal

    congratulations…she has started school…the very first step :)

  • michelle

    Wow, 41 you are such a complete TOOL! Not sure what your deal is, and why you feel the need to spread your stupidity and hatred, but take it elsewhere. By the way, you are the only “Asshead” around here…..such a stupid word, moron!

  • http://daffodilscourtyard.spaces.live.com/ Jackie

    Wow another milestone! She’s so pretty and she looks more and more like Jon!

  • http://theminivansoapbox.blogspot.com/ Kerrie

    It’s so weird…It’s like every blog I read has a little one going to kindergarten this year, including mine. I feel like if I had just popped my head out of my hospital room … there you would have been! Sounds like you handled this day MUCH better than I did though!

  • Jen

    I’m a kindergarten teacher!! And, we DO see it all the time! And deal with a whole SLEW of other individual characteristics that the kids bring with them. Don’t be afraid to talk to the teacher about ANYTHING! It takes a special kind of person to do what we do and the best way to help us is to TELL us so we will know going into it! I can just about guarantee that Leta’s teacher will LOVE her and she will have a great year. I was wondering if she was starting this year after reading your ENTIRE site. It took all summer, but I’ve read every post and I LOVE it. I think we would totally be friends if we lived in the same area. I wish I were her teacher– she is such a cool kid. =) Tell her I said, “Good Luck!” =)

  • http://www.brightboldbeautiful.blogspot.com Laura Trevey

    awe… what a cutie-pie!!
    Kindergarten is such a fun time…. cherish all the moments!

    xo Laura

  • Nikole

    the cuteness of those shoes is KILLING me. The sweetness of the story isn’t helping. Thanks Dooce!

  • http://mommyspaceblog.blogspot.com Tawnia

    I much enjoy your writing. You give all of us moms the sense that what we go through is normal.
    Kindergarten is the hardest:( First grade will be better… I promise.
    I know you are busy, but If you ever get a chance please stop by my blog at http://mommyspaceblog.blogspot.com
    Thanks for making being a mom… a little bit easier :)

  • Desiree Frey

    Thank you for the wonderful post, and for sharing these experiences with us!

  • JennKD

    She is going to learn and grow so much this year – it’s going to blow your mind. My little future cheerleader/American Idol winner changed to deciding she wanted to be a scientific (sic) when she grows up.

    Holy crap, what? And yes, awesome.

  • http://www.notoldjustseasoned.blogspot.com Plano Mom

    Okay so instead of saying it made me cry… that was fucking awesome.

  • http://gastricbypass-kcbelles.blogspot.com/ kcbelles

    Wasn’t going to comment; so rarely do, even though I enjoy this blog so very much; I just feel my thoughts are already conveyed by the many responders, but I gotta say, #41, who’s calling who the kettle black? Good grief. If you really believe what you say about Katie & Jon, etc, why do you even bother to come and read? Constructive criticism is always welcome, but downright nastiness? No purpose, other than to show what a complete dick you are.

    And since I’m here anyway, Heather – perfectly adorable story. Love your rendition of Leta’s first day of school. Always wondered how that was going to go. Such a little sweetheart. You and Jon done good.

  • Anonymous

    Im not a mother nor do I have a child. I am a senior in college and getting my degree in Early CHildhood Education. The excitement that Leta has for Kindergarten is what I hope all my future students will have. Your daughter is beautiful!

  • http://www.maidentomarried.com Liza – Maiden to Married

    Oh, Lord. I may be all of 4 days pregnant, if I’m even pregnant at all, and I’m reading your post and going, “Oh! What will I DO when I have to drop them off?” And then I’m going, “She REMEMBERS her first day of school? I don’t. Do most people? Did I block it out because it was so horrible? Or did it just seem so insignificant? My mom and I never talked about it. Maybe we should. But what if she doesn’t remember?” So, thank you for that. And Leta is so super sassy.

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  • Dawn

    My daughter started kindergarten last week and, although it is the same school as her preschool class, we had all the excitement of the new classroom, new teachers, and so on. She does love chapter books, but in our case, it was the “TREAURE BOX, Mama, did I tell you about the TREASURE BOX?” that she couldn’t stop talking about (if they are good all week, they get to pick a prize out of the box on Fridays before leaving – Happy Meal toys and so on). Luckily, we aren’t dealing with lunch, as she only goes half days. Congrats to Leta on a successful first day!

  • Brianne

    Kindergarten is SUPREME awesomeness! I wish I could go back.

    You have a great, funny yet poignant way of writing. And I just LOVE IT SO MUCH! It makes my heart smile.

  • http://www.writteninthread.com Dena

    I rarely comment, BUT Leta is wearing the shirt I sent you many months ago! I’m so excited!

  • http://prettyswell.wordpress.com/ Suzanne

    Awesome. Go Leta!

  • Diana

    Yes, #41, why don’t you grow some BALLS (and a brain while you’re at it) and give your real name. What a waste of space and energy you are. And fucking stop reading this blog if you hate her so much. Jesus, I hate people like you.

    Heather, what a lovely post, you brought tears to my eyes.

  • JD Ford

    sweet, totally sweet!

  • http://oldavonladysorders.blogspot.com Jeni Hill Ertmer

    My almost six-years-old granddaughter, Miss Maya, just started kindergarten too -about two weeks ago now. She’d been in a special preschool program for the past 27 months for kids with autism and/or special needs. She did well in that program and thus far, is doing quite well in the adjustment to a full-day kindergarten program. She does not however ride the big school bus but rather we opted to have her ride the special needs bus, at least for this year or until she adapts a bit more, socially, and has more maturity needed to cope with all the older kids there. The only thing she really doesn’t like so far -is the amount of noise that her bus make! She would rather go back to riding the van with the soft music she says. In class though, the biggest problem the teacher has is getting her to let other children answer questions and for her NOT to take on the role of the TEACHER! Yeah, she is a tad on the bossy side at times.
    Enjoy watching her learn and adjust, learn and adjust. It’s a wonderful transition to see it all in action, isn’t it?

  • A. Berkoski

    Though I don’t know you, my life has been made better by knowing you this way.

  • http://laurenfromtexas.com Lauren From Texas

    I am taking notes right now, because if my child is anything like me, she will be exactly like Leta (minus the picky eating, because I used to eat everything I could see, and some things never change) and I will need a) a parenting guide, b) therapy, and c) a strong vodka cocktail. Hopefully by then you will have written another book entitled “How To Raise Your Crazy Child” and I will have excerpts of it tattooed on my arms.


  • http://invisigir1.blogspot.com Carey

    My oldest daughter is only 2 and I’m already dreading sending her to school. I’m not sure I’ll have the nerve, actually. But maybe I’ll be lucky enough to find a school she loves as much as your Leta loves hers. :)

    Lovely writing, as always.

  • laurie

    “…a sea of little heads starting the next chapter in their lives” has got to be one of the most beautiful lines you’ve written!

  • Vicki

    It only gets better Dooce! Not easier, but better.

  • Amy

    That is really sweet. She’s such a precious girl. I’m very happy for you.

  • T

    First off, I love that picture…makes me think she’s saying “ha ha mom and dad, you are sooooo screwed!”. Also, my son is the male version of Leta…it’s nice knowing I’m not the only mom dealing with that kind of crap on a daily basis.

  • http://www.barnmaven.typepad.com BarnMaven

    Congratulations to Leta on being a Kindergartener! What a great time in life. And congrats, Heather, on surviving the first day without totally falling apart. I believe I cried nonstop for two hours on my daughter’s first day of kindergarten. Its so hard to let them take those first tottering steps toward adulthood.

  • http://idroppedmybonbon.blogspot.com mpotter



    congratulations to you all.

  • Julie

    Congratulations to both of you on the first day of Kindergarten! You have a way of always managing to make me laugh and cry at the same time…thank you:) I look forward to sharing a day like this some time in my future. Keep up the wonderful stories!

  • Bridget

    My son JUST turned one, and I get weepy even thinking about kindergarten!! Thanks for sharing your memories.

  • http://rebelwithadiaperbag.blogspot.com/ Brandy (a.k.a. Rebel)

    Thanks for letting me know what I have to look forward to! BIG sigh…..Congratz Leta! You did it! Don’t blink. Tommorow she’ll be graduating!

  • beth

    Awesomeness AND a princess castle! That’s really great :)