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Here we go…

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Tomorrow my baby boy starts school.

 

I have been anticipating this day basically forever and even more as soon as he started kindy last year and now. it. is. here…

He’s a bit nervous. A lot of his friends have already turned five whereas his birthday is not until march. He’ll be one of the younger ones, but with a big sister and the genes of an incredibly tall father I’m not worried. He’s anxious about not knowing how to read, but I keep telling him that’s why he goes to school, to learn. It reminds me of myself, terrified my first day of school because I didn’t know enough.

These holidays have been truly amazing. So much so I’ve been praying in preparation for some sort of catastrophe thats bound to hit soon. No doubt the stress will rise as our schedules become busier  and my study starts up again. I pray that I’ll remember this peace I’m feeling now and be reassured that it will come again (maybe by some miracle it will stay with me all year long!)

Just like for his sister, his teacher sent home an activity for us to do – Things I Want you to Know About Me and for the parents, Things My Parents Want you to Know About Me – here are parts of our lists:

  1. I Like dinosaurs and monster trucks
  2. I live on a farm with pigs and sheep
  3. I love helping with shearing, seeding and harvest
  4. I like playing games on the x-box with Dad
  5. My favourite games are Viva Pinata and Junior Monopoly
  6. I love playing outside with my friends
  7. We have 2 dogs, a sheep and chooks and goats
  8. Our son is an active and energetic young boy – our youngest
  9. He is curious, adventurous and clever
  10. He loves sports
  11. He can be a bit rough
  12. He made some really great friends at kindy and we hope he will be friendly to everyone and make new friends too
  13. We are all excited that he is joining his big sister at school, a new era for our family
  14. Mum is very eager to be involved and helpful
  15. We pray that 2018 is a year of growth and joy

I love being a school mum. I love reading with the kids (when I find the time). I don’t know how I’m going to cope without any children at home with me during the week. It’ll be awesome, and lonely. I can’t believe I’ve made it to this point. I’m excited, nervous, sad and incredibly nostalgic.

Be brave Baby Boy. Be brave Mumma.

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A Harry Good Day

Checking my daughters bag for notes etc. the other morning I found a letter from the school. They are looking at enrolment numbers for their Recpetion class in 2017 and it had been noted that our son Harry would be eligible to start school next year.

Harry is my beautiful son in heaven. He was stillborn 21st December 2011 at 24 weeks gestation.

Needless to say I felt a bit angry and took the note in with me to school. After dropping off my daughter, I made my way to the front desk. Our lovely receptionist was on duty and I shared with her my issue, that I had been sent a letter asking if my dead son would be attending school next year.

I know it was an honest mistake. I had put Harry’s details on my daughters enrolment forms. I hadn’t noted he was stillborn just put dashes n the columns asking what school he would be attending and what year. And I do have a living son although he is still two years off starting school and his name is not Harry.

The receptionist apologised for the mistake and I left for my work day. It didn’t feel resolved, I wanted to explain in more detail….

I don’t always write Harry’s details on forms and most often when asked how many children I have I answer 2. But I do relish opportunities to share about my son, even on an annoying form so while I was a bit horrified to receive the letter, it was also nice to reflect that wow he would have been starting school next year – wow.

Later that day while with I client I heard my phone vibrating a call. When I checked between clients I had a message from hubby and assumed he had called. But then I listened to the 101 message from my daughters teacher.

It was a beautiful message again apologising, acknowledging my grief and sharing their prayers for me. I felt a lot better and proud of the school, particularly the receptionist for having discussed it further and taken action – it really is a caring environment, a great place for my children to be educated.

But the best part of all this – Harry was part of my day, a big part of my day and to be honest, that felt wonderful.

I didn’t want anyone to feel bad or uncomfortable but today I got to acknowledge my precious son and that made it a Harry Good Day

xox.

(related post Genetics)

 

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I’m a School Mum!

This week my daughter started school,  I was a complete mixed bag of emotions. Excited, proud (so very proud), nervous, sad and incredibly nostalgic.

Her new teacher sent home an activity when we collected school book- 10 Things I Want you to Know About Me and one for the parents too, 10 Things My Parents Want you to Know About Me – here is my list:

  1. My daughter is sooo happy and excited to be starting school, I too am excited to begin my journey as a school mum
  2. My daughter can be a great leader and organiser
  3. She is soo eager to learn (most of the time!)
  4. The development of her christian faith is important to us
  5. She loves her brother (3), her grandparents and cousins
  6. We live on a farm with sheep, pigs and crops
  7. My daughter loves performing
  8. She takes her hearing aids off to use a phone, wear earphones and play with a stethoscope
  9. We can’t believe our little girl has grown up – we are so proud of her and love her beyond words
  10. We pray that this is a wonderful year for all of us

Her list

  1. I like doing paintings
  2. My favourite colours are green and purple
  3. Sometimes at home I like to do exercising with Mum and Dad
  4. I like gardening
  5. I love dancing!
  6. I like swimming at Grandma’s pool and sometimes at the beach
  7. I got a bike for Christmas and a Pocahontas dress
  8. I have been learning the piano and trying hard
  9. I like putting decorations on the Christmas tree and playing Christmas games
  10. I really really want to go to school!

Highlights of the week:

Turns out I love readers, makes me so excited that my girl ‘can’ read, learning is seriously fun.

Hearing about my girl playing with her new friends, telling me what her teacher has been teaching them – hope she continues to share with me about her days.

There is finally a positive to having early rising children! No rushes in the morning – everything has gone so smoothly, in fact I’m kinda loving the routine school is bringing to our lives. Early days yet I know.

Lowlight: My son is toilet training, (need I say more!) and wet his jocks and shorts at first after school pick up of the week 😦

 

ps I’m still undecided how anonymous I want this blog to be – think I better learn some photo editing skills though!!