You guys, today was the day that I sent my sweet and handsome babies off to Kindergarten. I’d been dreading this day for a while now, totally expecting the worst. I even had a minor cryfest in Kohls this summer when my husband called to tell me the school they were going to, so yeah, not super rational over here. This was actually going to happen.
It doesn’t take much to make me an emotional mess over these things. Plus, when you factor in the pregnancy hormones, I could’ve pretty much guaranteed that I would have a day date with a pint of Ben and Jerrys. But you know what? It actually hasn’t been that bad.
We have been so busy getting everything ready for school to start: new backpacks and lunch boxes, new shoes, school supplies and a mountain of paperwork to fill out. I think I’ve allowed myself to be so distracted by all of that that it hasn’t totally set in.
This morning went so smoothly too, unlike most mornings when I would take them to daycare. They were super excited and up early, all jittery and giddy from nerves and anticipation. This would be the first time in their five years that they’ve been separated all day. We decided to put them in separate classes so that they could essentially learn to survive on their own. They rely so much on each other, yet their personalities and interests are so different, so we wanted them to be able to be more independent without worrying what the other one was doing.
I think the hardest part of all of this is just learning to adapt to everything. We are now governed by the school system, getting them somewhere on time, not missing school, getting them to activities and volunteering, plus eventually helping with homework. I honestly don’t’ know how people balance it all and still get their kids to bed on time. Plus, with the baby coming, I’m sure our life is headed for even more chaos. At least we have a few more months to get into a routine before throwing in another curveball!
Anyways, for all you mommas that sent your babes off to school, I’m thinking of you too! We can do this.
And for you seasoned moms, please share your advice for learning to balance and do all the things. I’m sure I can take whatever I can get.