Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A New Mommy Milestone For Me

Today I put Jamie on the school bus at 7:35 a.m. with his big brother Cody for the first time ever. Yes, Jamie has been going to school since September, and taking the school but home. But being only in Junior Kindergarten, he was only attending half days every second afternoon. After spring break, the juniors always have the option of attending full days, and today was his first one.

Like a typical mother, I worried. This means I have to send a lunch for him. He only eats peanut butter sandwiches for lunch. (Either with jam or honey.) But there is a child in his class with a peanut allergy. Jamie is a picky eater. He really doesn't eat anything else for lunch. I stressed. Would I give him just jam and bread? Would that hold him over for a whole day? In the end, it turns out they are allowed peanut butter sandwiches, but they have to eat at a designated table for that. Okay. Crisis number one averted.

I also worried about his capacity to handle full days. Jamie is one who needs a lot of sleep, and I find him to be overtired almost every day. Sharing a room with both of his brothers is not helping either. And beyond being tired, Jamie is also shy, and still seems so vulnerable when I drop him off at lunch time. I wondered whether he would even want to go full days.

But Jamie surprised me this morning and was very excited for his first full day. I was so proud of him as he charged onto the bus ahead of Cody. I know he will be tired this afternoon when he gets home, but hopefully his body will adjust to the long days. He is technically old enough for senior Kindergarten, so he should be able to handle it. But I worry, because I'm a mom. Or maybe because I'm the type of mom who worries. (Do any of you moms not worry?)

Now technically, I should be having a very quiet day here at home with only a three and a half year old and an eight month old. (Yes, she turned 8 months old on Sunday! How the time is flying!) But Lauren is super fussy today, and so far I have accomplished nothing. Well, I have done some laundry, but that's all. Lauren skipped her morning nap, by her choice, not mine. Now she is standing in front of my chair (she can pull up on furniture now!) crying and saying "Mom mom mom". She is skilled. Just the right combination of cute and pathetic to make me drop everything to pick her up. And so I must sign off.

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