This summer flew by! One day, we’re hanging out by the pool and the next thing I know, it’s time for the kids to go back to school! This may be our second year of “school life,” but I have to say – it does not get any easier leaving them on that very first day.
This year is a little more of an adjustment for me because I not only have a child in full-day kindergarten, but also one preschool half the day. I must admit – my routine is starting off pretty hectic. I’m basically a chauffeur half the day, driving back and forth to the school three times a day!
Aubrey is our kindergartner. She did a full year of half-day preschool last year and absolutely loved it. As a matter of fact, she wasn’t a huge fan of summer because she wanted to go back to school! She loves her teachers and classmates, and has adjusted so well to the school routine.
Mama’s point of view: I’m doing okay. The new routine is definitely an adjustment. This is our first year to wake up this early with my son (the baby of the family) still waking up through the night, and I’ve got to say – it’s taking a lot out of me. With the early morning wake-up calls and busyness through the day, I’m absolutely exhausted by dinnertime. At this point, I’m surviving solely on coffee. I will say, however, I’m loving the artwork she brings home and hearing all her stories from her day.
This is Baileigh’s first year in school and just like her sister, she was so excited to get started! Her classes are in the afternoon, so she’s bummed to come back home with me after we drop off Aubrey in the morning. She loves singing the songs, playing outside, and believe it or not – she really loves learning! She’s catching on to so much, so quickly!
Mama’s point of view: This one is hard to leave on a daily basis. Last year, her sister was in school and the baby hadn’t arrived yet, so she was my little buddy all day. Even with our youngest, she was still my little helper and cuddle buddy while he was asleep. I find myself really missing her through the whole 2.5 hours she’s at school. I will admit, however – she was easier to leave on the first day than Aubrey was on her first day of preschool. I think it’s because Baileigh has the same teacher as Aubrey had. Seeing as I know her teacher, I love how good she is with the kids and I’m comfortable with who’s taking care of her, I’m not too stressed.
We’re starting to get into the swing of things: Fundraisers, PTO meetings, Book Club purchases, and all that fun back-to-school normalcy. I know it’s hard to imagine that this will be real life when your babies are babies, but believe me – it’ll hit you faster than you think! Do you have kids in school? How are you handling the transition from summer life to back-to-school life?