Today is the last day that Oldest will go to day care. Yes, she will go during school vacations and the like, but her day to day life is about to change so significantly and yet so subtly.
We had kindergarten orientation this morning. Although I was supremely dissatisfied with the communication of things like the bus and the bus schedule, I am happy that she will be there at that school with those teachers. Sending them to school means the school administrators get a bunch of new parents. As a kindergartner she will be picked up at the end of our driveway and you can be rest assured that I am buying batteries this weekend so I can record as she embarks on this new adventure.
They got to ride on the school bus with the teachers and the principal today. My heart skipped a beat watching her as she lined up to get on the bus. Upon leaving today she told KD that she can't wait for a long ride. He and I chuckled, we live 1/2 mile from school.
I continue to be a flurry of organization. I put every single activity on our calendar at home, every 1/2 day, every day off, etc. I am working on finding Bento Boxes for her lunch as she really does not eat sandwiches.
Middle will be starting pre-school on Wednesday next and we presented him with his new back pack yesterday. He was so very proud! "It is a perfect fit, Mom," he said proudly. Middle is also allergic to peanuts. It was one of the moments I was horrified at when we discovered. His allergy is every so slight, but present none the less. So this morning, the pre-school teacher sent the following email out:
Just a quick note, we have a peanut allergy in the class this year, so please make sure to check labels when sending in snacks. On Wednesday we will provide you with a list of "Peanut Free" snacks!
Thanks so much and enjoy the weekend!
I was mildly embarrassed. I felt like saying, "Yes, I have one of those kids." I am not making light of the seriousness of this type of allergy, I am making light of the fact that my kid requires special handling. Perhaps I am not making sense, but if you know me, you know what I am trying to say. I also need to get a doctor's order for the school nurse. You can bet your bippy that I will be having him tested at his next appointment! His last reaction(and 2nd only in his life) was over a year ago and it was no worse than the first time. And the first time he had hives around his mouth. We do not read labels, we just do not let him eat peanuts or peanut butter. But now that he will be with other kids in a less controlled environment than our babysitter it is an issue for his safety and my sanity. So although I am embarrassed about the attention via the email, I am glad for the precaution.