This was my first week back to work after a too-short 8-week maternity leave. Work is OK, but it certainly has been a challenge adjusting to life as a working mom of four. And of course, Mark is adjusting to being the primary caregiver of four young boys! We used to have a fairly predictable routine, but all that has changed with Nate’s birth and Jonny starting kindergarten. The kids are having a little trouble adjusting to this new life too this week.
Isaac is doing great in second grade so far. He is a good, obedient student, and we never have to worry about his behavior at school. He seems to enjoy his class, his friends, and he seems to like his new teacher. He and his friends play with these Bakugan figures at recess (apparently it’s the new cool toy for second graders), and he is always pestering us to buy more of them.
Isaac is playing AYSO soccer, and moved up to the under-10 team this fall. He’s not too happy about the change, because the game has suddenly become more challenging. He says he wants to quit the team, but of course we told him that he can’t until this fall season is over. We have tried to remind him that he felt the same way when he started the under-8 team two years ago, and by the end of the second year he was really enjoying the game.
Jonny started all-day kindergarten, and it has definitely been a huge adjustment for him, since his preschool last year was just three mornings a week, and was decidedly unstructured. Jonny is an active, gregarious child, so his teacher is already having issues with him talking in class when he shouldn’t be. Poor Jonny. I really want him to enjoy school, and I don’t want him to be labelled as a problem child in kindergarten. Maybe we should have waited another year before starting school. We’ll give it a month or two and see how he does. I suppose we can always pull him out of kindergarten if it doesn’t work out.
Jonny is also playing soccer this fall, and he’s having a BLAST!
Ben and Nate are adjusting to each other. They’ve been hanging out in their double stroller during soccer games and practice…
Adjusting isn’t always fun. I can’t wait until we settle into a good NEW routine.