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For the last four weeks Noah has been visiting school where he will start full time in September.

He was four in May but he is still my baby.

The visits have been gradual, increasing in length going from a couple of hours to a full day!

The first visit he was a little reluctant for me to leave at first and so rather than leave him in reception to walk through to the class with his teacher I walked with him. When we got to just outside the classroom door he turned and said “you can go now mummy”. So that was that!

The next visit I came into the classroom with him and he was very clingy to me. I think it was because other mums were there and children were clingy to them. These were mostly first born children who didn’t know where they were. Noah, however, has been visiting this school to pick up his older brother for the last two years and is familiar with the classroom and the teachers.

So when it was the full day visit, we agreed I would leave him at the gate and Ethan would look after him. Well he didn’t look back!

As I haven’t worked since before Noah was born it will be strange having so much time on my hands after the best part of the last six years being quite kid-focused. People keep asking me “ooh what are you going to do with yourself in September!?” and “are you going to have another?!” which is quite amusing really given I don’t know the answer to these questions either! I know I will be busy planning adventures, going to the gym possibly, writing hopefully but none of these things really feel like anything “proper”.

I never saw myself as a full time mum but this is the way things have worked out and I don’t regret leaving my job most of the time. I do want to have flexibility to work when fits in around school times and holidays and part time jobs that I have seen just don’t appeal. Love this from the Guardian, which reflects my own opinion of part time work.

When we are at home I often bake with Noah even though he sometimes isn’t very interested. So when he did his full day at school he told me “Mummy you can make me some cakes when I am at school”. So I did!

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Have you got children starting “big” school in September? What are your plans?

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19 Responses to End of an Era!

  1. […] holidays, one of the major moments of 2013 was the end of me having company in the day time andΒ Noah starting school. I still can’t believe how easily he has taken to it as he isn’t even 5 until May! I do […]

  2. […] holidays, one of the major moments of 2013 was the end of me having company in the day time andΒ Noah starting school. I still can’t believe how easily he has taken to it as he isn’t even 5 until May! I do […]

  3. My youngest too goes in September full time, I shall have to ask him what I should be doing with my spare time? I am joining the gym though, so we shall have to spur each other on come September! Fab cakes btw! x

    • Louise says:

      Oh yes I need motivation with the gym lol! I don’t think we will really have much spare time the school day flies don’t you think!? xx

  4. Granny says:

    Yum yum those cakes look good enough to eat! I miss you all and am looking. Forward to you all coming out to see us here in southern Italy. Enjoy these days Louise you will have time to breath when you are on your own in sept but don’t worry, they will come ho,me at the end of the day and e house wil be topsy turvey again in no time! Love you all lots xxxx

  5. You are giving him roots so he can grow wings. I was in pieces when Mini went to big school!

    • Louise says:

      Awh thanks Jen x I’m surprised how emotional I feel about it all. This week is like our last time it will be just us two as next week it will be school hols and Ethan will be around and then that’s it they will both be away! Drama queen here lol πŸ™‚

  6. I completely understand what you are going through – Grace was doing all this two years ago and I don’t know where the time has gone! I hope Noah loves his new school and I hope you enjoy some time to yourself πŸ™‚ Thanks for linking to PoCoLo x

  7. Coombemill says:

    A big change going to school and it takes some adjusting for you both. Not a bad time to think of a job that fits around school if you think it will suit you. I love having work and the kids.

    • Louise says:

      You have a great balance Fiona. I would love a job and think having your own business offers the possibility of this kind of flexibility. Will have to get my thinking cap on! Thank you for your comment xxx

  8. Charly Dove says:

    Such a wonderful post Louise, gave me a lump in my throat! It must be so strange Noah starting school. Great he said you can go now Mummy, the alternative would have been far worse for you! Superb that you got to make him cakes πŸ™‚

  9. Sandy Calico says:

    Aw πŸ™‚ My boys started in September and they’ve loved school. I’m doing some freelance blogging and writing, but mostly my days are filled with school stuff (helping in class, PTA). I may look for a job one day… x

    • Louise says:

      very true, sounds like you wouldn’t have time for a job Sandy πŸ™‚ I know what you mean there isn’t a rush when the kids are little is there? My boys like to do activities after school like swimming which they would miss out on if I was working. I am a breastfeeding peer support volunteer at a local hospital and help out in class listening to reading. Should appreciate it whilst it lasts. Thanks for commenting xx

  10. I am not looking forward to my son starting nursery! I’m looking forward to having more time to myself and my writing, but I’ll miss my little boy. Your description sounds as if I could have written much of it too. Hope you have a fab summer holiday time.

    • Louise says:

      Thank you, and you too! I am going to miss him dreadfully. It will be very quiet and probably a bit boring without him. Enjoy your little man before school snatches him away! xxx

  11. Charlotte says:

    Lovely post! They grow up so quickly! Think you have the same plates and the same table cloth as me. πŸ™‚ We must have good taste! πŸ™‚ x x

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