First child. First Kindergarten.

You my baby boy have given me 5 years of firsts.

With you, in some ways, I will always be a first time mama. I’ve experienced it all with you. The first moments of motherhood that gripped my soul and forever changed me. The soul searching, the finding myself. You have had my heart from the first second. It’s always been yours sweet Aiden.

I can still close my eyes and take myself back to holding a curled up newborn Aiden, all nuzzled against my neck. The smell of milk and baby breath close by. Teeny fingers tangled in my hair and a the warm feeling of him slumped on my chest. 

I have experienced 5 years of a battle with open hands. A war that wages my mama soul. Desperately wanting to hold you tight yet learning to slowly loosen the grip and watch you soar. I dance with the questions, have I soaked it in enough? Have I loved you the biggest and boldest way possible? Have I taught you everything you need to know as I watch you walk through those Kindergarten doors?

When you were first born I would rock you and sing to you in the night and cry thinking about this day. I knew my heart would be gripped tight and with a lump in my throat I would watch the back of your blonde curls turn towards the classroom, my fingers slowly ungrasping the hold.

Be creative.
Love well.
Be yourself.
Look out for others.

Up until this moment you have been at home learning from us. With us. We’ve skipped bedtimes, we’ve snuggled, read books, we have made muffins and caught snakes. We have made forts out of blankets, talked about everything under the sun and loved big.

Next week you go.
Next week I watch my first born, baby boy soar.
I love you A.

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August 15, 2014


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  1. Jessica Roth

    August 15th, 2014 at 5:17 am

    I can't even…this is too much. My oldest is only almost two and already I can tell that time is zooming by too fast! Great job letting your babies fly, love. He will do amazing because you taught him to be. <3

  2. CaseyWiegand

    August 15th, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    aw this is the sweetest!!!

  3. Alia // Simple Savvy

    August 15th, 2014 at 5:26 am

    I love that picture of him sleeping next to you. They grow too fast!!

  4. CaseyWiegand

    August 15th, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    youre so sweet, its one of my favorites too!

  5. Amber Rhodes

    August 15th, 2014 at 5:51 am

    It does get easier, sending your kids off to kinder or school! I have four and I love watching them go out into the world to learn new things. It's very exciting. Good luck!

  6. CaseyWiegand

    August 15th, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    aw thank you, i love this!

  7. Aura van Beek

    August 15th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Your post was really touching to read. Good luck on your first day of school Aiden!

  8. CaseyWiegand

    August 15th, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    thanks love!!

  9. Anonymous

    August 15th, 2014 at 9:59 am

    On one hand I am dreading this day, yet at the same time I am so very curious to know what my baby will be like when he is 5! xx Such a beautiful post

  10. CaseyWiegand

    August 15th, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    aw so sweet friend!

  11. Anonymous

    August 15th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Beautiful pictures of memories! Two two kiddos are in 1st and 2nd..they grow so fast!

  12. CaseyWiegand

    August 15th, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    it seriously flies!

  13. Liane

    August 15th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    He looks so much like his daddy! My son started school last September and it was so hard to let go! Good luck to Aiden on his new adventure x

  14. CaseyWiegand

    August 15th, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    aw this made me smile!

  15. Kylie Kreikemeier

    August 15th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Your babies are so beautiful!

  16. CaseyWiegand

    August 15th, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    thank you so so much!

  17. Meet the Magnolias

    August 15th, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Time flies when you have the cutest babes on the planet!

  18. CaseyWiegand

    August 15th, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    aww making me smile!!!

  19. Lindsay Haynie

    August 15th, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    I just sent my first-born and son off to kindergarten too. Girl…I am right there with you! Just like you said, everything with him is a "first" and we're always learning and trying to figure it out with each new phase he goes through. It's exciting and terrifying all at once. Goodluck to Aiden!

  20. CaseyWiegand

    August 15th, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    so sweet, thank you so much friend

  21. Amanda M.

    August 15th, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    My last baby ~ my last "first day of kindergarten" is Monday. The first baby was hard. This last baby is even harder. ♥

  22. CaseyWiegand

    August 15th, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    ahhhh i cant even think ab it!

  23. Christina Schergen

    August 16th, 2014 at 4:05 am

    Stay strong mama…he will love it and grow so muc this year! I just sent my second off to kindergarten and I had just as sappy as a time as I did with my oldest. Hugs. 🙂

  24. CaseyWiegand

    August 17th, 2014 at 12:04 am

    ahhh ill be the same girl !

  25. Andrea Tabler

    August 16th, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    It was wonderful to meet you at The Hundred in Dallas! Thank you for humbly sharing your wisdom and experience. xoxo

  26. CaseyWiegand

    August 17th, 2014 at 12:04 am

    awww you too sweet friend!!!

  27. BethAnn

    August 18th, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    There is no questioning that you are your happiest when you are with your children. You have this untouchable glow to you when photographed with your kiddos. It is so very beautiful to see! God bless, Casey!

  28. CaseyWiegand

    August 21st, 2014 at 2:36 am

    aw this made me smile sosoo big!

  29. Maddydog

    August 21st, 2014 at 1:54 am

    Beautiful, beautiful write up, Casey; you have me in tears over here. What exciting times you all have ahead of you, with your firstborn starting kindergarten. 🙂

  30. CaseyWiegand

    August 21st, 2014 at 2:37 am

    aw I sure love you, youre such a sweetheart always friend!

  31. Tania Sanchez

    August 28th, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    ooh so sweet , I think you are an incredible mama, an inspiration for me, your kids are amazing 🙂
    love from Spain Casey

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