Growing Babies

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Yes, these are piles of folded laundry. More specifically my kids’ laundry. Tony washes clothes, but I don’t like him folding them because I have my system. We all have our OCD moments. I’ve been a complete bum the last few days so it built up a little bit.
So tonight, as I was folding laundry, it occurs to me that my kids are growing up. Every once in a while, as a parent you have the moments of ‘OMG, when did they grow up?’ I had one of those today.
Arthur has been in preschool since he was three, so kindergarten was just the next step. Exciting and new, but not really sad.
Chiara has her first day of preschool tomorrow, so I’m not really sure how I feel. I’m happy that she’ll have some socialization time with other kids, but a little sad that she won’t need me as much. Everyone will always need their mom, I know I do, but the distance gets a little bigger with every one of these steps.
While folding the clothes, I’m mentally planning to go through their drawers to pull the small clothes out. I’m remembering when we picked up a particular shirt or outfit, thinking about how big it was when we first picked it up, and now, before I know it, it’s getting too small.
Just feeling a little mopey tonight. A little pathetic I know, but I am still so proud. Just realizing, that while they will always be my babies, they can’t stay my little babies forever. That’s both comforting and sad. Why can’t mom feelings be simple, at least once in a while?!

A Parent’s Homework

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My babies are my everything. Nevermind the fact that my youngest is 3, they will always be my babies. I would do anything for them, up to, and including murder, but parent’s homework is a killer in itself!
It’s been 3 years since we enrolled Arthur in preschool and I do not remember going through all of this! Since he has started kindergarten, I have probably done over an hour’s worth of forms and applications! Some of them seem very, very similar too, so it all feels a little redundant!
Now we’re going through the enrollment process for Chiara, and I’m losing my mind over this! We’ve got our appointment tomorrow, that meant I had to complete my online registration for her tonight! Argh! Then I’m reading the list of all these documents that I need for this meeting tomorrow.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t keep a copy of my kids’ immunization records at home. Also, Chiara was born in the state of Ohio, and unlike New York, where Arthur was born, you have to pay for the birth certificate. In New York they give you the document for free. Replacements have to be purchased, but the original is free.
So now, while I go to some appointments in the morning, I have to send Tony on a mission to the Department of Health for her birth certificate and, if my appointments run over, to the pediatrician’s office for her immunization records.
Do we ever really understand as children, what our parents do for us? Not the paycheck they bring home, or the dinner they put on the table, but in the amount of time theh invest in us? You spend time with your kids, but you have to put a lot of time into them, even during your ‘me time’ after they’ve gone to bed!
Tell your parents thank you! I’m definitely calling my mom tomorrow! If I have the time between appointments…….