… for this Fall-like Spring to shift, transform, live up to its name…
I’m trying to be as positive as possible but, although the sun is shining this morning, it was a few degrees above freezing when my husband left on his bike (my strong determined man) and I will say it, the “lack-of-a-season is starting to get to me. In 2 days May will be here and we have nothing in the ground. I’m starting to worry about what our gardening season will look like. We produce a larger chunk of our own food every year and I always get nervous when Spring isn’t optimal. But the next week “should” be (they keep promising) very warm so we are hoping to catch up on some of our lateness.
We are also waiting for our new rhythm to fall into place. This week is our first of Little Miss being home and we have had a few unexpected effects. First, I thought for sure that she would be the one asking for much of my attention, being used to having preschool teachers directing much of her days but no. She’s been pretty easy to manage, listening to me, helping me out, being patient when Little Man needs some time. Because believe it or not, that is the biggest adjustment : Little Man not having mama all to himself anymore. He has been moody, clingy, in need of constant reassurance. He has been reverting to a lot more baby-ish behaviors like insisting on being fed, throwing food on the floor or trying to pull off his diaper. I know for the most part, he is loving having the company, but his quality time with mom has suffered and that will be a very new experience for him.
Another thing I wasn’t expecting is for our daughter to be weary of us concerning her staying home from school. She keeps asking for confirmation that we will not be sending her back to school until KG in September. Like if she doesn’t quite believe yet that this is a permanent situation. It’s quite comical actually, she gets up and dresses and asks if she needs to wear her big boots to school. I remind her she,s not going to school and there is a look of doubt, then giddiness. Like she wins a little battle every day! LOL!
The last thing I’ve been kind of surprised at is Little Miss’s need for sleep. We were used to her having lengthy naps on the week-ends. Weeks were filled with so much that her playing catch-up on Saturdays and Sundays felt normal. But she has been sleeping 10-11 hour nights ever since stopping preschool. Add to that 2 hour naps mid day, she has been averaging 13 hours of sleep a day and that just reinforces my belief that taking her out of preschool for a rest before school starts was the right thing to do. To have her live at her own pace for the next 4 months, to let her listen to her body, her mind, her heart… She will start school refreshed, ready. She is so excited, she asks about it everyday. September is so abstract of a concept. She just knows it’s coming. Exciting times!
But in the meantime, we are learning to be in our new way. I won’t lie, one of my most hefty challenges right now is to find a way to put together activities that will be appealing to both, regardless of the age difference (almost 3 years). I won’t lie, I was kind of banking of being outside almost all the time by now, but most days, it’s still not possible.
To all my homeschooling mamas : How do you manage a wide age-spread in your home? Would you have any suggestions of activities that toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy together? I would LOVE if you would share some of your wisdom.
I hope all of you are having a wonderful week. I hope that Spring is much more forgiving where you are and that warmth has found you.