We’re on the home stretch everyone, the end of school holidays is in sight! Oh I don’t mean to be one of ‘those’ parents that can’t wait for their kids to get back to school but I must admit this past week (or two) I’ve felt very ready. Ready for the little man to start school (well, as ready as I’ll ever be) and ready to go back to work. But more than that I’m just ready for a bit of routine and normalcy to come back into our lives. The past week has involved me driving in and out of the city to visit my dear friend in hospital every few days. Thankyou for all of your kind thoughts and messages after my brief mention of her in my last post; all of our prayers were answered and I’m so so happy to say that after coming far too close to loosing her, she’s on the road to recovery.
Our little man also seems to be going through an anxious time which he is expressing in the form of never letting me out of his sight…like literally. If I get up and walk into another room in the house he follows, if he needs to go to the toilet I have to go with him. It’s become a daily battle just to get him to let me have a shower and even then, half the time he ends up getting in with me. He’s been asked on play dates and sleepovers but refuses to go. “I just want to be near you always” he tells me. Sweet? Yes. Exhausting? Yes. As an introvert I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m craving my own space at the moment but I’m trying to be patient. I’m not entirely sure but I feel that the start of school looming may be the cause. A few other parents have suggested that might be it. We’ve been trying to down play the whole school thing but he’s a pretty smart kid and with everyone constantly asking him if he’s excited about going to school (of course no malice intended, it’s just because they’re excited for him) and the fact that mummy is soon going back to work, well, maybe he knows our time together is going to be limited. I’ve tried to talk to him about it of course, but I don’t really get any answers and so I just continue to try to be patient and reassure him that I’m not going anywhere.
And on top of all that, I’m readying myself to go back to work after a year of long service leave (has it really been a year?!) People ask me if I’m looking forward to going back and the honest answer is yes, yes I am. I have always enjoyed working, I like my job, I like the people I work with and I like to keep my mind busy. And, oh yeah, I like the extra income too 😜
So, with just one week left until school starts and another week after that work, I’m busy ticking off to do lists, buying school supplies and filling out calendars. Because in the midst of change, planning and being organised is what makes me feel calm…and ready.
How are you feeling about the return to school? Any first time school parents out there? And for all those parents who have done it all before…any advice for keeping my shit together would be greatly appreciated!