I've decided to start a little mini series within the blog. My "mom-fessions" will mostly be my way of venting any frustrations or pent up emotions with parenting. Today's episode is all about my baby growing up and not being a baby anymore. *insert weeping emoji*
It's hard to believe that my sweet, tiny baby will be 5 tomorrow. He was such a tiny baby, just over 7 lbs, and he's still pretty small for his age. He's so freaking clever though. Earlier today, he informed me that a dozen means twelve and last week he talked to Mike about a certain kind of dinosaur that has a crest on it's head. I didn't even know he knew the word "crest".
Needless to say, I take very little credit in his knowledge of things. I know I spent all my time with him, and vice versa, and I've taught him a great many things, but most of his "cool knowledge" comes from tablet apps (like abcmouse.com and Kidloland) and educational shows (he says he learned "a dozen means twelve" from Bubble Guppies.).
We have an insane amount of conversations about biology and science, we do "color math" (mom, what does green and yellow make?") and traditional math, but I'm slowly getting out of my depth with preschool and kinder education. He asks more and more complicated questions and I genuinely don't know how to explain things in a way that he will understand.
A year ago, on the night of his 5th birthday, I had a serious panic attack/meltdown (remember this post?) thinking about him starting school this year. I just didn't see how he could be ready to be so alone and independent in just one year. We agonized over the decision for the majority of the following 12 months, debating, decided and re-debating the right course of action for him. Since his birthday is right on the cusp of the age cut off/deadline, we have the choice to start him as soon as he's "of age" or wait another year. We finally decided to wait until he turns 6 to start school full time. Instead, this year we would find a part time school or mother's day out program to help ease the transition rather than throwing him in to 5 days a week, 7-8 hours a day.
Cut to this morning
I've been searching for an option for months. I'm not even exaggerating. Literal months of researching options, contacting schools to try and figure out their tuition, balking at the insanity of their prices, nixing church-based programs because neither of us are Christian, finding nothing, getting frustrated, taking months off, and trying again for the last year.
Yesterday was the first day of school for the district we live it. It would have been Connor's first day of school, but obviously we weren't doing that. So I jumped back into research mode this morning. Low and freaking behold, I found a solution! There's a home school supplement program just down the street from our home that offers a class (once a week) for kindergartners. It's only 5 hours, but in that time they have a segment for art, social studies, math, physical education, and science with a lab. He'll eat lunch with his class, and spend the day learning new things, both academically and socially.
He's over the moon about the whole thing. We spent about an hour checking out the school today and while I was filling out the paperwork to get him registered, another little boy came in with his mom to finalize his paperwork. Turns out, this boy will be in Connor's class. They hit it off and played hard until it was time to leave. I have a feeling Connor will be so excited to see his new friend again tomorrow that he won't even be sad about Kylar and I leaving until lunchtime.
Kylar and I have never had much one-on-one time, so I'm planning some fun stuff for us on Wednesdays while Connor is at school. I'm also planning on silently crying while driving away from the school tomorrow.
Bonus: tomorrow is his actual birthday
Which means we are bringing cupcakes so he can celebrate at lunch with the school. And yes, I did mean with the school and not with his class, because his class is only 4 kids (including himself) and the other class has only 6. Yep. That's 10 kids in the whole school. I bought a dozen cupcakes so the teachers can have some too.
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