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