The first picture is of Ella on her first day of kindergarten last August. I cried the whole way home in the car after dropping her off. I couldn't believe that my baby was already in kindergarten.
The second picture is of Ella last week, almost a first grader, and I'm about to cry again. I probably will on her last day of school.
It's just not possible that she has gotten so big, so fast. It seems like just yesterday I was taking her to preschool for the first time - with her backpack full of diapers because she wasn't potty trained yet. Now her backpack is full of notes from her friends and treasures she finds on the ground and art projects she forgets to give me. She also totes around a homework folder - homework!
And as if I needed further proof of how big she's getting, she lost her first tooth two weeks ago. Now she is very proud of her gap-toothed grin and likes to show off how she can stick her tongue in the hole where the tooth used to be.
I wish I could find a way to slow time down, just a little bit, so that I can catch up with how much Ella is changing. Otherwise, before I know it, she'll be driving. And then I'll really be crying.