Monday, 5 September 2011

* 99 and a half *

 It's 7.50pm, both boys are safely tucked up warm and cosy in their beds , Hub is at work and I'm trying to figure out if I should close the living room blinds or not .
 Our six week Summer holidays have now finished and tomorrow the boys are back to school. Their fresh new uniforms are all named and are hanging from hooks on wardrobe doors and new shoes are ready below them waiting to be worn.
P.E kits are labelled and are bundled up in new bags on the chair in the kitchen and Milo's packed lunch is chilling in the fridge.
It doesn't seem like two minutes since we were all at the ice cream parlour celebrating Milo's award and the end of term but whoosh in the blink of an eye six weeks has passed and we are ready to start again.
Did we do enough over the holidays, in fact is there a limit on what should  or shouldn't be done ? The weather wasn't at it's best and a bit more sun would have been nice but you have to make the most of what you are given don't you?
This term will be Milo's first as a junior and Gabe's first as an infant and it makes me feel quite sad thinking about it.
I don't know whether it's because Gabe is the youngest that I worry about him sometimes. I know he'll be fine with his happy go lucky ways but Milo just seemed. I don't know , just seemed so much older and wiser when he first went into the infants, whereas Gabe still seems like a baby.
 It's not even as if he is going to be going in full time straight away . The next four days will be just 9am until 11.30am and then next week it will be 10am until 2pm to get them used to staying for school dinners.
 That's another thing I worry about too, he is such a slow eater , sometimes it can take him at least an hour to eat his dinner and they only get a short amount of time to eat their packed lunches , he'll get used to it though I'm sure , I mean he's quite quick at picking things up - when he wants to that is.
He'll be fine I know he will , doesn't stop me from worrying though does it and I know I'm not the only parent going feeling this right now  , just helps to write it down.
 I also know that when Hub reads this he'll just call me a big softie.
 I suppose that one benefit I do have is that his new teacher is one that I worked with last year and the support staff are all lovely so if there were to be any concerns I know they would let me know straight away.
 Deep breaths , deep breaths , deep breaths ......
Okay , I'm fine now , honestly I am , just being silly.
Right, I'm off to pour myself a glass of wine and seeing as how it's now really dark outside I will be closing those blinds.
Dark nights are creeping in faster and faster and it's not long now until the first official day of Autumn.
Soon all these lovely flowers will be gone , scattering their seeds and preparing themselves for another show next year
Thank you for listening to me babble , it really is greatly appreciated .


Lyn said...

They will be fine and it is always lovely to have an older brother already to keep an eye on you. I am sure the staff will let you know how well he has settled into the school routine and he will get use to eating up his lunch because he will want to go out to play!
give them a great big hug and smile.

Peeriemoot said...

I know how you feel! Especially about the slow eating.. My daughter goes full-time at school next week (our holidays finished a few weeks ago) and I'm convinced she'll still be trying to finish her lunch when lunchtime finishes!

Leanne said...

What a wonderful post. It is so nice to put all those feelings down in print. In a years time you will read that and think what on earth was I worrying about. You are such a wonderful mum the boys are so lucky to grow up with so much love. As I always say in a blink of an eye they will be 21 and they will be able to read that post and I am sure they will smile and give you a big hug.

Farmyard Crafts said...

Gabe will be fine. :) But you're like every other normal mummy that worries! He'll pick things up quickly and Milo will be there to keep an eye on him won't he? Do they mix at school?

driftwood said...

I hope the first day goes well, try not to worry too much, get a nice mug of coffee and your knitting and relax xxx

Rachel said...

I still feel that way about Joe, and he's 8! Will was so much more grown up, even at 5. Maybe it's just 2nd child syndrome, but he's still my baby :) It's completely natural to feel that way, especially with your youngest child, but I'm sure Gabe will be fine. Hope they both have a wonderful first day back and hope you enjoy the "me" time that you will have now.
R x

Pomona said...

I loved your stream of consciousness and really empathize with your feelings. I only have one left at secondary school now - and holidays are almost as quiet as term time! I hope the term goes well for you all.

Pomona x

Lina said...

Hope it all goes well - I remember having a huge knot in my stomach for weeks before my youngest started school...and then it disappeared very quickly once he started!

Thimbleanna said...

I LOVED listening to you babble LOL. It so reminds me of my years with my two little guys. Sometimes I look back and think I didn't worry enough -- I just always knew things would work out. And they always did, with a few tough times thrown in here and there. Good luck to your little guys this week -- and to YOU!

Amanda said...

Where do the years go? My daughter starts college thursday, half a day to get started. Luckily one of my friends has a daughter that starts too and is doing the same subjects. So we've been naughty and are arranging lifts so they can pal up straight away. One less think to think about as Amy has no friends going.

Hope the boys go on OK.

Thrifty Household said...

I love the photos! Thank you for your comment on my quilts- I'm admiring your tea cosy!

Simone said...

A lovely post Lisa. My son goes back Wednesday and I too have his uniform ready and hanging on the door handle! Before you know it we will be back into our routines again and we have the weekends to look forward too! x

Adrienne said...

Rest assured that we moms think alike! I look at my boys and I cannot belive that Henry is in 2nd grade and John is in pre-kindergarten. Where has the time gone. John will be 5 in Oct and I just can't believe it. They were just babies yesterday!!!! sigh. I know what you mean.

Loved your thoughts and the beautiful pictures too :-)

degz said...

Big softie!

Locket Pocket said...

The first day at school is always a big step and you'd be strange if you weren't a little worried - but I'm sure it will all be fine! Lucy x

Beth said...

I see from the next post that everything worked out well and I'm so glad. We are also in our first week that includes school lunch for C and he's also a slooooooow eater. Full time next week! what will we do with all out time :)

Hope it continues to go well and fab news on Milo being put on the gifted list.