The day has come for Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi‘s little birds to leave the nest (but they aren’t going far!).
In a cute snap shared to Instagram by the Jersey Shore alum Wednesday, daughter Giovanna Marie, 2½, and son Lorenzo Dominic, 4½, share a sweet embrace while outfitted in school clothes and sporting backpacks.
“Big day for this Mama Bear. Both my kids are now officially in school,” Polizzi, 29, wrote to accompany the moment. “I’m feeling such a range of emotions from sad to excited to feeling so proud of my nuggets.”
“They’re pretty awesome human beings & bring so much joy and love into my life! PROUD MAMA today and everyday!” she added.
Dad Jionni LaValle couldn’t resist posting his own snap of Giovanna before class, mugging innocently for the camera while trying on her new backpack.
“My little babies first day of school !!!! #ProudDad #DaddysGirl,” he captioned the image.
Added Polizzi to her caption, finding the silver lining in any of the sad emotions, “@jlavalle5 – wanna do Day dates now?! 💃🏽😍”
The proud parents are regular social media sharers when it comes to the adorable siblings. One recent video of LaValle’s shows the duo on a motorized kids’ vehicle, with Lorenzo spinning it in circles while he holds a protective arm around the back of his little sister.
“I’m guna throw up watching ! #ToFastForYall,” wrote the father of two, 30.
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