This week has been L-O-N-G, primarily because we had a major change in our daily routine this week. Daniel said goodbye to his classmates at day care last Friday and started Pre-K at a small Catholic school on Wednesday. We had toured the school in late spring in order to decide if we liked it for Kindergarten in 2014. During the tour, the principal told us that they still had spaces available in their Pre-K class and that attending Pre-K guaranteed a spot in Kindergarten. We hadn’t planned on Pre-K at this school since Daniel’s day care incorporates Pre-K lessons into the two classrooms for the 4-year-olds (and it’s not like he hadn’t been learning anything in the younger classes). We really liked the school, though, and Jimmy had attended it through 8th grade, so we decided to go ahead and give Pre-K a try.
We had a lot to do to get ready for the first day, including buying a new full-size backpack, a new lunch box and uniforms. Uniforms. Yeah. The school has a strict policy on what is worn when. Shorts and a short-sleeved shirt for the 1st and 4th 9 weeks. Pants and a short- or long-sleeved polo for the 2nd and 3rd nine weeks. There is also a specific uniform for PE. There are also new routines to learn. Daniel’s Pre-K teacher requires the parents to provide a fruit or veggie snack for the mornings along with lunch. Since the Pre-K kids are low on the totem pole, they eat lunch at 10:45, so I’m packing less food for lunch than I did for day care, especially since they eat snack at 9. Whew!
The biggest change in our routine has been the morning routine. School starts at 8, and we can walk them to their class at 7:40. We need to leave the house at 7 to make sure we can make it in time because traffic can be difficult. I wake up Daniel at 6:15 so he can eat, get dressed in his uniform (soooo cute!) and play while I finish getting dressed. That means that I get up at 5-ish to make sure I’m finished washing my face, brushing teeth, putting on make-up and putting in my contacts by the time I need to wake up Daniel. That makes for very busy mornings! You might wonder what the big deal is; after all, don’t I seem to be awake and active on Twitter at that time anyway? It turns out there is a huge difference between being awake and lounging in my cozy bed and having to be up and active at 5!
Daniel and I are wiped in the evenings. He’s been asleep by 8, and I’m trying to get to bed no later than 10. I am really looking forward to being able to sleep until the late hour of 7 AM tomorrow! I’m sure it will get better next week as we adjust, and maybe we won’t have to get up as early once we feel confident about what morning traffic will be like.
Daniel seems to like his new school so far. He really likes his teachers, and I like that his class is small. Since I’m getting to work so much earlier, I can leave earlier, and it is such a nice change to be home by 5:30 instead of after 6 like it had been. His school is close to where Jimmy and I work, and we like knowing we can be there in 10 minutes.
So far, so good! I’ll have more to say about his new school next week.
Other Items of (Possible) Interest
- I wrote a guest post on our surrogacy experience for Bloggers for Hope this week.
- Christina Hoff Sommers published a piece in Time this week on how school has become hostile to boys. This is something I worry about a lot as mom to a boy.
- Kristen Howerton of Rage Against the Minivan had an amazing, spot-on post about “the problematic privilege of being anti-vaccine.” There have been so many news items lately about measles and polio outbreaks often due to a lack of vaccination, and it enrages me. Why have we become so anti-science? Why have we decided that we have the right to make decisions on a micro level that have huge macro-level implications?
- I’m still seething about Carolyn Castiglia’s inflammatory and cruel post on Babble last week about whether we should be sympathetic to the fertility struggles of 42-year-old