Monday, 2 December 2019

The First Term of School

The first term of school will be over soon and the Christmas chaos/countdown will begin.  It has been the first time I have had all the children in school/nursery and it has been a real change for us all.

Finn had a slow start to school and there were a few days where he did everything to delay going through his classroom doors but it didn't take long for that to change and he now runs in each day happily.  He loves learning to read and spending time with his friends every day and it honestly feels like he has been there longer.  He spent three days a week at nursery so it is only an extra two but it was definitely the right time for us and I enjoy the weekends more with him.


Cora loved nursery from the moment she started and she has made lots of friends.  I was worried that she would struggle as she has always been quite clingy with me, but she is so confident and I love the way she whispers 'You are my best friend Mummy' in my ear as I pick her up.  She does two school days and one morning and it feels like a great mix of time with her friends and time at home with me.

And as for me, I haven't found it nearly as hard as I thought I might, in fact I have come to realise that the school day isn't that long! It is nearly 9.30 before I get home from the triple school run and I have to leave at 2.45 to start picking them all up again.  I have two days of freedom though and I have loved spending more time with friends, spending more time reading my books and getting some work done during the day rather than staying up late each evening.  I am still scared at the prospect of full time school for all four of them in September but this slow transition has made me cherish the weekends more and I love watching how much they are growing and learning at school and nursery.

It feels like a whole new chapter in my life is starting, where they each become a little more independent, they need me a little bit less for the everyday things and it is so bittersweet watching them become little people.  After eight years of having a baby or small toddler at home full time though I feel like it is my time to have some more freedom for me and it has made me even more certain that four children is enough! I don't think I could go back to having a baby at home after tasting those few hours every week where each child is at school or nursery!

These photos are from an afternoon out with just the little two.  The bigger boys love having a day at home at the weekend but these two still need to run off their energy every afternoon and we spent a chilly few hours at the beach and having hot chocolate.  Cora's dress and both of their sherpa fleece jackets were gifted to us from Little Green Radicals.














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