Noah has turned into such a funny bright boy. Yes, I had some doubts in the beginning. But, he makes me laugh (and usually scream) every day. About a month ago, he found David's swim cap. This picture always makes me laugh.
This morning, David had to leave for work extra early. Noah woke me up demanding more Ninja Turtles. I got out of bed and turned on his favorite show. I was preparing my coffee and I heard this rumbling from behind the sofa. I turned to make sure it wasn't a bear, and I found Noah ready to head to battle.
I turned in Noah's Kindergarten registration a few weeks ago. I realize that his life is about to change drastically in 6 months. Gone are the lazy mornings of watching Tom & Jerry or Ninja Turtles and demanding coffee while laying under the electric blanket. Sure, he goes to preschool now, but 3 days a week for 2 1/2 hours is pretty much just a play date with some letters, numbers and a snack. He just gets a small taste of reality.
As do I. I try to get as much as I can done in that 2 1/2 hours. I workout, volunteer at the school, do some work, run errands. I only get a small taste of what's to come as well. In August, I'll be kid free. I sometimes think about that time and what I'll do. Emily will be 10 in August. For 10 years, I've stayed home taking care of my kids. I've adapted my life to always include a child. Everywhere I go, they go; to the grocery store, doctor's appointments, the dentist, the vet, the bathroom. For heaven's sake, I've taken a kid with me to get my annual pap smear! It's life, and it's been my life for 10 years. That's all about to change.
I know I will be sad on that first day of Kindergarten. But, part of me thinks I may run out of school doing bell kicks! I've loved being home with my kids. I've loved letting them be kids. To stay in their pajamas all day or dressing up in costumes. To watch TV or play with their toys. To stay in our home and just do what they want and be happy. It's a very short span of their lives and I'm thrilled I got to spend every moment with them. I know one day, I will look back and this will be the time I wish I could go back to. But, we can't live in one moment forever. I'm ready to move on from this chapter and work on me for the first time in 10 years. I'm not sure where I will start...I could tend to the garden, learn how to work my fancy camera beyond the AUTO mode, read a book, sign up for kickboxing or yoga maybe, keep a tidier home, try cooking new meals for my husband.
And it would be nice to get a frappuccino and not have my kid lick all the whipped cream off before I even get a sip.
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