Can you believe it? My little baby is definitely a full-on toddler now. It’s still hard to think of him that way just because he seems so small next to his big brother, and it’s hard to believe that the Fudgelet is a big kid now. But, that’s how time goes.
I am writing this the night before your first day of Kindergarten, and let me tell you that I am so anxious. I explained to you how you can be happy and sad at the same time to help prevent confusion if I get teary at the bus stop. Other than when I was at the hospital to have the Chiplet, this will be the longest we have been apart. You started to get a little sad-voiced tonight telling me that “we will still see each other some, it will be okay” which tells me that you might miss us too but I hope I’m wrong.
What have we been doing to prepare? We picked out your clothes (with heavy input from me) and I packed your lunch while making dinner. We are sticking with sandwiches for now to make sure you have enough time to eat it (only 20 minutes from the time you enter the cafeteria!). I slipped a note into your lunchbag for you to read since my parents used to do that for me. You will also get the traditional first day of school chocolate chip cookies when you come home. I was thinking of using chalk to write a message on the sidewalk/driveway tomorrow, but it has been raining and is supposed to continue tomorrow, so we shall see.
I also made a checklist that I taped near the door for us to look at each day. I’m so worried we will forget your lunch/water/jacket/etc. Typical first kid in school worries, I guess.
Together you and I decided to make one of those chalkboard signs that so many people do for the first days of school. We opted to make one instead of using a premade one because we wanted to pick everything on it. You wanted favorite song, favorite hobbies, and favorite food along with future career.
I am excited to see how you like Kindergarten and am hoping that my worries won’t carry over to you.
Once we came back from Maryland, I realized two things both related to the Fudgelet starting school in less than a month. One, he would not be around as much soon, so it was a good time to throw in some more random activities with them. And two, soon it would just be me staring at the Chiplet all day, so I needed to get the rust off of my toddler crafts/activities. By practicing with the Fudgelet around to help demonstrate proper behavior (most of the time), the Chiplet could be eased into the activities. Below are some activities for both kids or just for the Fudgelet. Some were supposed to be for just the Chiplet, but I’ve learned that the Fudgelet always joins in. Always.
This year we spent an extra amount of time in Maryland for the summer. There was a happy coincidence of my brother visiting with his family for a short bit followed by K’s cousin getting married, so we were able to stay for almost 3 weeks to bring the dates together. Basically, we had one week with seeing my brother’s family and other friends, then K went for almost a week to Portugal for the destination wedding while I took the kids with my dad and M to the beach, and then there was about a week after he got back when we let him get over jetlag while we said our final goodbyes to people for the summer.
After much ado, the Fudgelet’s 5th Birthday Party was here and it ended up better than I expected. I was worried with so many people coming, and so many activities, that maybe a lot could go wrong. Everyone made it who said they were coming, and the activities went well, too. Here is a little peek into what we did…
If you want to, feel free to go back in time a bit…whether it is 1 year ago, 2 years ago, 3 years ago, or 4 years ago. Because now, we are at 5 years old! I do believe it a bit more, especially comparing the Fudgelet to the Chiplet. Sometimes I look at him and it’s a feeling of “whoa you really look so much older” and it is exciting that he is a kid and not a toddler or baby anymore.
Hello hello. It is time to update you on the last 2 months with the Chiplet! He has still been causing quite the stir here. Sometimes he is super sweet and snuggly, and other times he is throwing food and heavy objects. So, you know, all the fun parts of a toddler. He still causes just as much worry as when he was a baby, if not more. I read a post the other day that newborns are the best and it only gets worse. I don’t know if I agree with that completely but I do feel that there are ups and downs with all of the ages. I do like that he can express himself even if I don’t always understand him completely.