I often catch myself sitting and looking at the kids and wondering just when they got so grown up. A & J in particular have changed SO much in the last few years. A is almost unrecognisable from year seven, and J is getting so tall he'll soon be overtaking me (and I'm 5'10!). As E is my youngest, and last, child, this stage seems to have come around all too quickly. It's bittersweet.
As soon as we had confirmation of E's school place (I didn't sleep for two days fretting over that, waiting for the letter to arrive) I bought her very first uniform. Using my saved clubcard vouchers and a promo code I managed to get it all for a bargain price, and now all I need to buy is her shoes, and a logo sweatshirt & cardi which I'll pick up some time in August, when I buy H's new uniform for the school year. H grows at a rate of knots so I'm not buying his until the last minute, but E is very dainty so the things I have bought her have some growing room and will last a good while.
I'll also be replacing J's uniform and buying a whole new set for L as he is starting senior school this September, but again I'm waiting to do that because they grow so ridiculously fast I daren't buy it yet! A has received her (conditional) Sixth Form place offer, & so we have subsidised her wardrobe.
Owl backpack from Zulily UK last year which I thought was perfect for school, and so we kept it to one side and I purchased matching lunch accessories to go with it. It's now sitting in her wardrobe next to her uniform all ready to be packed with her first school lunch!
Knowing how tough kids can be on their uniform I have made sure to buy plenty of it - for the price that I got it at, it made sense to! E has:
- 2 pinafore dresses
- 4 polo shirts
- 6 pairs of tights (in 2 different school colours)
- 7 pairs of socks
- 1 skirt
- 2 pairs of trousers
- a plain cardigan
- 2 gingham summer dresses in the next size up, for next year
- 2 plain t-shirts
- 2 pairs of cycling shorts
- a pair of joggers
I bought her school coat from Zulily UK when it was on offer last year, it's by Pluie Pluie and is waterproof with a lovely warm fleece lining so it is ideal for wearing to school in the Autumn.
I'm saving my clubcard points again for the end of the Summer holidays (when hopefully I can 'boost' them too) to help pay towards the boys' new kit, & after that I'll then start saving them up again to use at Christmas.
I'll be sad to see my "baby" going off to big school, but excited for all of the new adventures she will have, and friends she will make along the way.