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13 celebrity parents sending their babies to school for the first time

You're proud, you're excited, and you can't believe your baby is this grown up. It's totally natural to feel a mix of emotions on your child's first day of school.

We're right in the thick of back-to-school season, and first day photos are flooding our social media feeds. If you captioned your photos with #bittersweet sentiments, you're in good company.

These celebrity parents were pretty torn about the big transition to school, too, as their Instagram posts illustrate.

Chrissy Teigen

Okay, so technically Chrissy Teigen and John Legend's daughter Luna had her first day of preschool last year, but her second year pic this September was just too cute. Luna's chalkboard sign lists all her favourite things and that she wants to "do nails" when she grows up.

It looks like Luna wrote her own name on the bottom of the board and we are pretty impressed with her penmanship.

This is one 3-year-old who is going to rock preschool!

Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad's son Liam is only 2, but he is getting his early childhood education on this year in nursery school.

Liam's first day was obviously an emotional one for his mama, who is expecting his first sibling soon.

"I'm too pregnant to handle this 😭," Conrad captioned her photo.

Daphne Oz

Daphne Oz recently welcomed her fourth child and has now sent her two oldest off to school.

"just a coupla grownups, here about the first day of school! Philo is in kindergarten and John is in preschool 3s and I can't believe it 😭🥰" she captioned a couple of Instagram photos. These kids are too cute.

"So proud of these kiddos! 😍😭😭" their grandfather, TV's Dr. Oz noted in Daphne's comments.

Whitney Port

Whitney Port's son Sonny is looking super cute for his first day of a cool preschool program.

"I actually didn't cry, is that crazy?! He started something called PORTABLE CLASSROOM two days a week. It's essentially a toddler transition class," Port captioned his first day pic on Instagram.

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi

Snooki's two oldest babies, Giovanna and Lorenzo, were off to Kindergarten and first grade this year.

"Mommy is crying," Snooki noted on Instagram, adding that she's also cheering to be "free till 3".

She not totally free, as she's still got her 3-month-old, Angelo, at home but we all know it is way easier to run errands with one 3-month-old than with a couple of school-age kids.

Congrats to Giovanna and Lorenzo!

Jenni "J Woww" Farley

Snooki's colleague Jenni "J Woww" Farley also marked a first day this week with her daughter Meilani.

"My baby girl @meilanimathews first day of school. We were out late yesterday celebrating her milestone at six flags… and even with limited sleep, she got up, took a tubby, dressed herself," the proud mama notes in her Instagram caption.

She continued: "I love you Mommy. Thank you so much for picking out that pretty dress but I'm 5 now. I can pick my own outfits now…' Lorddddd I am not ready for how grown up she is 😫😫😫"

Neither are we!

Emily Maynard Johnson 

Emily Maynard Johnson of Bachelor fame had the perfect caption for this photo of her triplet boys' first day of school.

"and just like that, I can walk around target alone," she wrote.

🤣🤣🤣

Have a good time at Target, Emily! You deserve some mama time.

Jana Kramer

Jana Kramer had to trust her husband Mike Caussin with the photo-taking duties for daughter Jolie's first day of pre-K and while he didn't take it quite like she would have, Kramer was happy to have a photo for her photo albums and the 'gram.

"When I asked Mike to take a pic of Jolie on her first day of school I was hoping for the shot outside the front door with a really cute sign (which I told him to please do) and I truly would have LOVED her hair brushed but I guess this will have to do. Hahaha."

She did thank Mike (who might also need to clean his camera lens).

Kandi Burruss 

Real Housewives star Kandi Burruss got the ideal picture (exactly what Kramer described above) before dropping her son Ace Wells Tucker off for his first day of preschool.

"Happy first day of school @acewellstucker! Much love to all the parents who were up early dropping their kids to school," she wrote on Instagram.

 Kristen Bell + Dax Shepard

Last year when Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard sent their oldest, 5-year-old daughter Lincoln, off to kindergarten, they marked the occasion with this sweet Instagram post.

The emotional toll of this big transition caught Bell off-guard. Earlier in 2018 she told E! News she felt great about Lincoln's transition to Kindergarten. "I mean, it has nothing to do with me, I'm just sort of here for her, and I've shown her the school," she said.

But then, when preschool graduation arrived, the tears arrived, too.

When the time came for Bell and Shepard to walk Lincoln into kindergarten, it was Shepard who was in tears, as was captured in the second image in his wife's Instagram post.

First days are emotional for dads, too.

 Tamera Mowry

Tamera Mowry tried her best to hold back the tears as her 5-year-old son, Aden, started school last year, While mama had tears in her eyes, Aden's were full of excitement, Mowry noted in her Instagram post.

"He was so pumped for his first day," Aden's dad, Mowry's husband Adam Housley wrote on his own Instagram account.

"Mommy cried, sister got a hug and he surprised me with a kiss on the forehead. Insane how time flies. So excited for this kid," the proud dad captioned another sweet first day pic.

Ayesha Curry

Ayesha and Steph Curry recently welcomed a new baby into the family in 2018, but that same year their first baby celebrated some major milestones, too.

Little Riley was off to first grade, and she couldn't look more adorable in her first day photo.

We totally approve of Curry's use of both the crying emojis and the heart eyes emoji. This picture definitely needed both.

 Nicole + Michael Phelps

Last year there were no tears at all in the caption of Boomer Phelps' (son of Olympian Michael Phelps and publicly pumping mama Nicole Phelps) first day of school pic, perhaps because the pic came from the toddler's own Instagram account and not from his mama's. It's unlikely that he typed those three exclamation points himself, but mom (or dad) sure captured the excitement in that smile.

First days of school may make us mamas a bit emotional (our babies are growing up!) but they sure are an incredible experience for our children. Crying emojis are totally appropriate, but so is this one: 🎉.

[A version of this post was originally published August 23, 2018. It has been updated.]

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Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

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The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

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5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

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To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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