Monday, August 18, 2008

Deep breath in, deep breath out

Justin finally made it home yesterday. I not only missed him as my husband, but I missed how much help he is with the kids. Having 3 kids 24-7 with no help was hard. Then add one who's sick and it makes life just a wee bit harder.

The kids wanted to decorate the door like we did when Natey came home from his Grandparents house. Jack was sleeping, so Nathan and Claire took care of it. They had a great time.I'm not sure that Jack is back to 100% yet. His fever didn't break until Sunday morning. However, when he woke up on Sunday, he had a rash all over. He was still pretty cranky, so that wasn't fun.

Last night he had a horrible night. He coughed and coughed and coughed. I got up with at him at about 5:45 this morning. I just rocked him back to sleep and put him back to bed. I woke up to the phone ringing at 8:30 and I was the only one awake. I couldn't believe that Nathan was still asleep. He usually doesn't sleep that long unless he's in our bed.

Once I was up, I went to the school to see who Nathan has for a 1st grade teacher. He'll have Mrs. Graff. I called Tracy to tell her who Dawson would be having. He, too, will have Mrs. Graff. I have mixed feelings about having the boys in the same class. I'm glad because Nathan IS NOT excited about school in the least bit. Today when I told him that Dawson will be in his class he was SOOO excited. It was the first bit of excitement he's shown over 1st grade. The only thing that worries me is that Dawson will play with someone else and Nathan will think that Dawson has to play with him. I told him this morning that Dawson will have other friends in his class and that he'll want to play with them too. With Nathan, I'll leave it at that. They'll figure it out on their own.

After I talked to Tracy I called Amber so that she could give me the scoop about Natey's teacher. Her daughter had her last year and said that she's pretty strict. That actually scares me to death. Last year the kids in Nathan's class were VERY disruptive, so hopefully Mrs. Graff's class won't have that problem with this class. Actually, almost all the mellow kids from Nathan's class last year are in Nathan's class again this year. There is one child who stayed between yellow and red that will be in his class again. I guess it's better one than many of them.

Only 9 days until school starts. How on earth did that happen? Oye!


Amanda said...

Love the new blog look!

I don’t envy you at all when the kids outnumber you 3:1. I feel like I’m outnumbered sometimes when it’s just Alex and me! Nathan will do great in first grade by the way. Kids adjust and conform to the expectations that are set by their teachers and parents. Alex always goes through an adjustment period the first few weeks that resemble only what I can image hell looks like, but usually shapes up after that.

Amber Kay said...

You're scared for Nathan? You're kidding me right?
Honestly, Nathan is SO WELL behaved! He'd do good with anybody.
You don't have to worry about Nathan one bit.
Shayla ended up liking her. Not a "I heart Mrs. Graff." But more of a "I really respect Mrs. Graff." type of thing. You don't have to worry about anybody being out of line because Mrs. Graff will whip them into shape!

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

How fun that Dawson and Nathan are going to be in the same class but I understand your apprehension about it.

Nelson Fam said...

Gabriel starts 1st grade tomorrow, and it's comforting to me to hear that you have some of the same anxieties that I have as well!

I looked at his class list and NOBODY from his kindergarten is in this class with him. The only two kids that he knows are super "disruptive" (OK, one of them is downright mean) ones that he knows from the park and preschool. I'm pretty anxious about that because Gabriel is a really good kid, but he also seems to find it easy to fall in with the rowdy ones. I'm trying to console myself by thinking that this will be a good test for him to make his OWN choices and not go along with the naughty kids. I'm not going to get much sleep tonight..... :-S

Shannon said...

I super-duper like your new look!

If you're having these apprehensions about first grade, then I'm gonna be a basket case next year. I'm having the same anxieties this year... AND IT'S ONLY KINDERGARTEN. Good Lord, could my stress level get any higher?

I'm sure Natey and Dawson will be fine. If they don't play with each other, they'll find other friends.

Talk to you soon! <3

Tracy said...

I am sure the boys will do fine. Remember when we thought they'd be in kindergarten together?? And then that didn't happen. They will probably just do school and play together outside like they did last year. Let's just hope they stay away from those "rowdy" boys on the playgroud. Well, actually Nathan did a good job. My son...well that's another story. He wants to be a part of the action!

Great job on the decor kids! I am sure daddy was happy for the welcome home message!

Momma Roar said...

Our boys are first graders? What is happening? Why can't time slow down???? UGH!

Taking deep breaths here with you!

Cute job decorating the door!! :)

I like the cute, new look! :D

Katie said...

Your boys will be fine! It's always good to have more than one friend!
Strict teacher means she cares and wants the best for them (or at least that's how I am)!

Heidi Jo said...

i completely get your concern. amber mentioned that he is such a good kid, and that only ups the frustration really.

when you've worked hard to teach your children to behave it is maddening when they are intrigued by the 'rowdy and rude' kids. it doesn't take long for bad habit to develop. have to believe that the foundation you've given him will remain solid. it's so tough though, this parenting and then turning them over to someone else!

love your blog design.