What a difference a year makes…

This is my sweet pea just before her first day of preschool last year. Don’t be fooled by that big grin. She began sobbing as soon as we pulled into the drop-off line and continued sobbing well into the first hour of school. She was fine by the time I picked her up, but holy heartache, her tears were just about my undoing.

Here she is today on her first day of Pre-K. First of all, where did last year go? When did my girl become such a little lady? And what a difference a year makes! At drop-off she couldn’t have been more excited. She couldn’t wait to see her friends and her teachers and show off her new outfit (isn’t it cute? :)). I had to remind her to give me a kiss! But that’s okay. Seriously. I’d so much rather a cheerful, independent girl who’s excited about new experiences and happy to be social and learn new things. I’m such a proud mama!

And speaking of last year… it was on this first day of school one year ago that I wrote the very first scene of Where Poppies Bloom (that scene has remained largely unchanged, in case you’re wondering). I’ve since revised Poppies a dozen times, queried, revised some more, and signed with an amazing agent. I’m currently finishing up some final edits and then–*gasp*–the submission process begins!

I’m curious… How has your life changed in the last year?


20 thoughts on “What a difference a year makes…

  1. Rebecca B says:

    Congrats on your writing accomplishments this past year! And your daughter is cute as a button.
    I wrote a new MS, revised it again and again and again, and submission will start for it sometime soon, too! And I got engaged. 🙂 So yeah–what a diff a year makes!

  2. Sangu says:

    I love this post – a year can make such a huge difference to things! In the last year I have signed with an agent, got a book deal, had a wedding, and gotten pregnant. Alarmingly busy year. 🙂

    Those photos are so cute! And thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

  3. Gilly says:

    Oh, those tears when you drop them off. They are unbearable – even if you know they are happy and find throughout the day. That moment is gut wrenching.

    One year ago, I had just returned to work from maternity leave after the birth of my second child. I was feverishly trying to finish my then-current WiP. Which I have since finished. Revised. Quieried. And trunked . . .

    Sigh. Oh well. Here’s to good things for your submission process and my current WiP and all the other things our new blog pals are working on!

    • katyupperman says:

      I had a year like yours last year with the whole trunked novel thing. It was very depressing at the time, but I can honestly say I’m glad I had the experience. Good luck in the next year!

  4. Alison Miller says:

    I love when you share pics of your baby! She’s so precious! And good luck with subs! I am praying and sending positive thoughts your way!

    Since this time last year? Wow. So much has changed, but mostly in a good way! My babies are growing up too fast – so wish I could freeze time!

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks so much, Alison! Sometimes I wonder if people get tired of hearing about her, but I just can’t help but post about her every once in awhile. 🙂

      Here’s to more good things for all of us in the coming year!

  5. Jessica Love says:

    Oh my goodness, could she be any cuter? And I love the little hand on the hip in this year’s picture.

    You know, I wish I could say MORE has changed for the this year. Working on the same project, doing the same job, living in the same place, married to the same guy, doing all the same things. I think I need to shake things up over here, get some changes going.

  6. lindy says:

    Your little girl is adorable, and yes, her outfit is kickin’! (You can tell her I said so!) I hope she had a great first day. I’m very (very, very) selfishly keeping my daughter home until Kindergarten next fall. And grats on Poppies, btw, hope the submission process goes smooth and easy.

    • katyupperman says:

      Thank you! Preschool was a tough decision for us… My daughter was a bit clingy (mostly because my husband is so often deployed), so I knew the separation would be good for us. Though, a big part of me wants to keep her home with me forever!

  7. Vickie Motter says:

    She is just adorable!!! Wow, I’m not sure I knew you wrote Poppies so quickly–that makes you that much cooler!

    Let’s see, in the past year I’ve started a new career, read a few dozen books, and signed some spectacular clients! Oh, what a year can do. 🙂

    • katyupperman says:

      Yep, you’ve definitely had a stellar year, Vickie. 🙂 Hope the coming year is even better!

      I forgot to mention all the books I’ve read… dozens, for sure!

  8. doreen mcgettigan says:

    Oh how cute and teary. I have 5 grown children and 13 grandchildren and I really get emotional when they go to school. I have one starting kindergarten this year. My last year has gone very slow and very fast at the same time. Most of the year was spent editing and going through the production stages of my first book, I have tried to embrace and enjoy each step. I will end my year as a published author:)

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