Today was the last day of kindy for my youngest son. I was surprised that I didn't feel at all sad. I was incredibly happy in fact. Not one single tear was shed. I had a stupidly large grin on my face right throughout the little kindy-leaving ceremony.
Is there something wrong with me? You always hear mothers talking about how much they're going to miss having a littlie at home. Many mothers miss it so much, when the first batch of kids have moved on to school, they start the second batch! Sure, sometimes I see a wee baby and think they're absolutely gorgeous. I love the cute little noises they make when they're eating, when they're trying to talk to you, the little snuffles they make in their sleep. The beautiful smile you get when you walk into their room after they've woken from that sleep. Hearing them laugh. I remember waking up in the middle of the night and going to check on my boys, just because. The realisation that you love your child so much it hurts, and you couldn't imagine life without them. Watching them learn how to do things for themselves, like the buttons on a shirt, putting on their shoes. Those pesky jacket zips! Using a knife and fork. Yes, I enjoyed watching my children grow from babies to school boys, and yes, I will miss that.
But I also remember the horrible ligament pain, back pain, not being able to get comfortable for months, sleep deprivation, mastitis, screaming tired sick or hungry babies, nappy rash, teething, temper tantrums, poos and wees, the milky power chuck across the room when they've got a big air bubble in their tummy (and the clean up that ensues), not knowing what's making them cry and having no way of figuring it out because they can't tell you what's wrong. A continuously damp chest because my milk supply never knew how to turn off!! The list goes on, and to be honest, I'm kinda glad it's over!
I'm really excited about having them both at school. It will be interesting to see how they interact together and with others at school, especially since they'll be in the same class for the next few weeks until everything winds down for the year. Next year they'll be in separate classes and that'll be a whole new experience again. I wonder what homework time will be like? Fingers crossed it will go well!
Well I must head out into the horrid, totally not summery weather to the local fish and chip shop to get dinner. Gotta love it when your children prefer takeaways to home cooked meals for their birthday dinner - minimum effort :-)
There will however be chocolate birthday cake for dessert, so I did do something at least.
One more sleep and my wee boy is off to school with his brother. I can't wait, and neither can they.