A Scottish mum has shared amusing before and after photos of her daughter’s first day of school.
She saw the young girl utterly overwhelmed by the excitement of beginning her primary education.
Stacey McCullagh said she was “emotional but happy” to wave four-year-old Lyla off on her first day in primary one at St Mark’s Primary School in Barrhead, East Renfrewshire on Wednesday.
However the 40-year-old collapsed in fits of giggles when she came home later that afternoon and found the girl collapsed on the front doorstep, after what appeared to be an overwhelming first day.
In the photos, Lyla is seen looking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, while dressed perfectly ahead of her day of fun.
However, in another image, from the end of the day, the school newbie is spotted catching flies on the front porch, while appearing dishevelled, with her bag tossed to the side and her head lying on her sister’s lap, who smiles into the camera.
Speaking to the Daily Record , Stacey said: “I felt a bit of mixed emotions because Lyla is my youngest and so it’s the last time I’ll get to do the first day of primary school.
“I was excited for her to go in, though, because she hadn’t stopped talking about it all summer. She kept saying she didn’t want to go to nursery anymore, she was ready for school.
“I think if she had been upset, it would have been different for me.”
Stacey and her older daughter, Lucy Ann, 17, picked Lyla up from school on the day, with the child moaning the whole way home that she was “so tired”.
When the family arrived at the house, Stacey realised she had lost her house keys, and so left Lyla and Lucy Ann on the drive for a few minutes while she went to meet the person who had found them.
But when she returned, Stacey was gobsmacked to see Lyla had passed out.
Suppressing laughter, Stacey managed to wake the small child up for long enough to take her in the house, where she slept for a further hour and a half on the couch.
When Stacey asked Lyla what she had done at school to make her so exhausted, Lyla said she had “played with sand”.
Impressively, Lyla was able to get up fine for school the next morning, but sadly fell and skinned her knee in the playground.
When she arrived home, Lyla told her mum that her knee was sore, and asked if she could stay off school.
Stacey added: “I told her she couldn’t, but we did put plasters and various band-aids on her knee to make her feel better. The whole thing has given us a good laugh.”