My youngest (and last) child enters full-time Pre-K in eleven days.
I’ve been a stay at home mom since I was about seven months pregnant with him. Before then, I was a full-time working mom. 40 hours a week, 2.5 hour commute each day. For eight. long. years.
In Georgia, full-time Pre-K is part of the public school system. Most Pre-K classes are hosted at daycare centers. Kids attend class for six hours a day, five days a week.
When my oldest entered Pre-K, it didn’t feel much different than any other weekday. She had been attending the same daycare center for a long time. She basically just moved to a new classroom. No epic feels, really.
When my middle child entered Pre-K, I had been a stay-at-home-mom since she was about 18 months old. I was a little sad, but in all honesty it was a relief because taking care of a 4 year old and 2 year old alone all day is beyond exhausting.
(This is the face I make when I’m like “Aah look how fun this is!!” when really they were hitting each other two seconds before and after the pic)
But here I sit, pondering my last baby entering Pre-K … and as much as you’d think I would be ECSTATIC to have the house to myself all day, I’m kind of sad.
We have a play date every Friday with most of my favorite mommies/Matthew’s friends. He loves his friends. I love their mommies. Matthew only has two more Friday play dates before school starts. He will still see his friends during school breaks, weekends, etc.. But I feel like I’ll be cheating on him by hanging out with all his pals while he’s in school since he’s wee bit older than they are. (In case you didn’t know, “play dates” are really about the moms, not the kids lol).
(some of our fave people missing here – kid faces blurred because I didn’t ask their permission to post – we are at the end of the table)
It’s been just me and my little boy all day for two school years now. We’ve had all sorts of secret adventures while the girls were in school. We love to walk trails during the day. Have you ever walked a trail with three kids? It’s insane. But with one kid, it’s awesome. I’m going to miss that so much. And do you know how much cheaper and easier it is to buy froyo for one kid vs a family of 5? A lot.
Do you know how many completely random selfies I have with this kid?
And I cannot count how many times I dropped everything to check out a random fire trucks.
(ignore the pajama – we were in the midst of our Eczema Battle Royal if you can’t tell by his face)
And the trips to Target… oooooh Lordy the trips to Target. This kid has been spoiled on an epic level. Most of it had to do with his miserable eczema battle though.
I look forward to October/November when this whole Matthew in Pre-K thing is old news and I’m used to it. I’m sure by then I’ll appreciate having the house to myself and ample time to get my work done (I work from home), clean house, go for actual runs on trails, clean house, work in peace, eat lunch at actual restaurants, go on lunch dates with my hubby, clean house… But right now I’m pretty sad that my precious little boy is leaving me. This kid is my BABY. I’ve been counting down to this upcoming season of life for many years lol. And now that it’s here, I can’t help but think about all the cuddles. Our many, many adventures. How lonely I’ll be walking trails alone. Going to the grocery store for two things and leaving with $30 worth of junk (okay, I won’t miss that part XD).
My 4.5 years as a stay-at-home with 1+ kids home all day has been a tremendous blessing. It’s not easy. I certainly wasn’t made for the job lol. In my 8 years as a working mom I never dreamed I would ever even want to be a SAHM, let alone have the opportunity to do it. It’s not without sacrifice, but I love it and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Oh my gosh someone just tell me to shut up because the feels are reeeeallll…..