From a mother’s wobble to a very proud mum. That was me last week after receiving Antonio’s nursery report and seeing him perform at his leavers songs at nursery.

Last Wednesday, I was given Antonio’s nursery report that will follow him to school in September. It was a long, very detailed report describing my son and his abilities, likes and the person they see that makes him unique. It was a glowing report and made me feel intensely proud. I shall cherish it forever.

Then last Thursday, it was Antonio’s official last day at nursery. After over 3 years of being looked after by some amazing teachers and having made very close friends, it was time to move on…

Antonio had been practicing his song for weeks. To be honest, I didn’t realise the enormity of it until the day got nearer. You could see Antonio was getting nervous but was also very proud of the song he had been given to sign. Even his brother, Tiago, started to join in when at home practicing. I don’t know what it is, but signing always gets to the core of me. Sending shivers down my spine and my hairs stand on end. And to hear your child signing is just the sweetest thing.

Emotion at the nursery was high that day. Teachers saying goodbye to the children they had supported and seen grow. To parents leaving the centre, a place where they had left their babies while they went to work knowing their treasures were kept safe,  looked after, loved and where lots of fun was had.

My husband and I were eager beavers and arrived at the nursery with lots of time to spare and couldn’t wait to see the performance. Then once the doors opened, we dashed into the room, sat down first row, of course! All the children were fabulous and it was truly amazing. So young and yet they stood in front of us parents and sang their songs and told us what they loved about their nursery and what they were looking forward to at their new school. Of course my favourite moment was when Antonio sang his song with two of his friends. My heart just burst with pride and I had to hold myself from getting up and giving him a big hug.

Wow, our babies grow up fast. Soaking up that day and the memories and how very proud I was/am of my son, is going to stay with me for a very long time.

It also made me realise how I don’t always see what an amazing, beautiful child Antonio is. And these special moments really bring home the important bits, the bigger picture and a glimpse of the amazing stuff yet to come.

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