Today is Genevieve’s first day of kindergarten. Swiss kindergarten starts at age 4, instead of 5, so she’s starting school a year earlier than I had envisioned. In fact, when we planned our move to CH, we figured we could be here for two years and then move if we didn’t like it, and that way we’d be moving again before G started school.
That didn’t quite work out!
I’m going to do a whole post about my experience with Swiss kindergarten as an American parent… later. For today, I’m going to take a trip down memory lane with some of G’s other firsts. Some of these will be traditional firsts, but a lot of them are just going to be some of my personal favorite firsts.
And there will be a payoff at the end with her first day of kindergarten picture!
Baby’s first shots.
Baby’s first day of daycare/my first day back to work after maternity leave.
(If you ever find yourself in Peoria, be sure to head to One World and have some hummus. Or spinach artichoke dip. Or anything really. Now I want to go to One World.)
Baby’s first time in a swimming pool! (On our trip to Estes Park, CO.)
Baby’s first fashion shoot, ha! Photo credit: Tara Diver Photography.
Baby’s first tailgate! Go Mizzou!
Baby’s first trip to the orchard and pumpkin patch!
Baby’s first Christmas.
Photo credit: Photography by Megan.
First trip to the HOI Fair.
First time meeting a super hero. (At the Peoria Zoo.)
First soccer camp. (Through the Peoria Park District.)
First European selfie!
First kiddie cocktail! At Café des Art’s.
First Fasnacht parade.
(We’re looking forward to heading back to Kindermusik in a couple of weeks!)
First time going to Disneyland/first time meeting a princess.
We very nearly didn't make it out the door this morning because G didn't want to get her picture taken. ("No, I want to just HOLD the sign!") We're talking tears and a tantrum on the floor. (Note: I don't think the tantrum was actually about the sign or a picture. I think she's nervous. She's been out of daycare since January and this is the first thing she's really done ALONE since we moved here. But she's smart and the teachers are nice and this is going to be so good for her.) @avizzee and I both took her (which wasn't the plan) and she tried to convince me to stay with her, but I think she's going to be just fine! #lavieve #preschool #preschooler #firstdayofschool
First day of preschool. I thought she was so big when I took this picture!
And now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for: