Tuesday, September 23, 2008

School Daze

I don't know how y'all do it.

A few weeks ago, before Ethan started school, I had joyous visions of the oodles of free time his school day would afford me. Two and a half glorious hours, every day.

Just think of all the blogging you'll do!

(Of course, in these visions I was also about 40 pounds thinner and immaculately coiffed. But that's really beside the point.)

Then reality had its way with me, and I suddenly realized the fallacy of my dream. I have a five and three-quarter year old. Their asses? Unlightable.

And since he has afternoon kindergarten--and he knows it--the threat of missing the bus if he doesn't eat his breakfast and take his bath has no affect on him. He knows it won't be coming for hours anyhow.

I suppose this is my fault for having such a laid back, lackadaisical approach to a morning routine for all these years I've been home with him. Heck, if we didn't have anywhere to be, I'd just as soon stay in my jammies until noon. I've always hated being rushed so early in the day.

Now, mornings are the only productive time Ethan's new schedule allows, and I've gone and borked it. Retroactively.

This past few weeks have been a test to both of us, but we're gradually getting the flow of the new schedule down. He ate breakfast this morning with relatively little fuss and went to take a shower without having to be asked. The house is a disaster, and the cat still hasn't been fed, but there are groceries to buy, and an oil change to be done, so I'm taking every little victory where I can get it.

This will be my last year at home with him before I re-enter the working world, and as much as I'm looking forward to it, I have a feeling next September will be a little preview of Armageddon in the Gray household.

Should be fun.


Natalie said...

My son has been going to a sitter or daycare/preschool since he was six months old. Do you think that his ass is lightable? NO. It has nothing to do with your parenting and everything to do with their whims :)

Fooferoo said...

Going back to work? Ewww.

sybil law said...

I can definitely relate. I thought I'd have all this free time, too - but somehow all that freee time gets eaten up - by the atmosphere, or something! What happened to all my time?!!!!!!!!!!

Janie said...

Ass is lightable.

That's hilarious!

Jodi said...

Good to see you Avery!

My guy has morning pre-school 3 days a week plus I work fulltime...so I know your stress!

Bee Repartee said...

Darn those dreams of morning grandeur. I love being up early but getting out of bed? Not so much. I'm too much in love with my snooze button.

Next year, back to work? What are you going to do? If you work at Starbucks you will be my even more bestest friend.

holly said...

nevermind the lighting of his butt. give me the tips for making stuff come out of his butt ON THE POTTY. yes. my boy refuses to p-train, even though his nursery demands it. they must love watching toddlers crap their drawers.

boys. boys boys boys! who thought *that* was a good idea?!

okay they're a little cute.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Miss M is at morning nursery, and you know, once my mum picks her and Miss E up, sometimes, sometimes..I go back to bed. Bad Jo. Hope Ethan is enjoying Kindergarten though. :D

Caffeine Court said...

This is the first year I've had both girls in school and things are much more hectic!

They have so much stuff to do (homework, Brownie's, cheerleading, blah, blah, blah...)

The time that they're at school gets sucked up very quickly with errands (and of course tennis).

I've missed you. Glad you are well.

meleah rebeccah said...

All I can say is enjoy your last year at home with him full time as much as possible.

When 'big school' really starts somehow the parents (such as myself) end up with just as much if not more HW than the kids.

loveyh said...

I am sitting at home in my jammies right now. But, then again, I will have to shuffle and light two hineys here within the next 36 months. Did I ever mention how much I despise not being able to get the 'Roo tested into kindergarten in 2010?

It's two freaking weeks, for goodness sakes.

Have fun shopping!

Dapoppins said...

working world?