Eli Gabriel Nathan Seth

September 4, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Countdown to School

Tuesday is coming.  I am counting the days, even the hours (shhh! I am counting the minutes) until the boyz head off to school.  Seth and Gabriel start bright and early Tuesday morning.  I take Nathan to orientation on Tuesday afternoon.  Then come Wednesday, half a day every school day will be spent with just little Eli.  It seems unreal.

Back when there was just Seth I was always longing for a break from being mom.  It was so hard.  So exhausting.  So very draining.  I needed a few hours to recoup. Alone.  I had no idea what I was talking about.
Along came Gabriel.  They were four years apart and Seth would head off to school several days a week.  And I would have just one kid for the day.  So much easier with just one.  I needed some time with just one to watch and worry about.  One to keep an eye on.  I was tired.  I was frazzled.  I had no idea what I was talking about.
The arrival of Nate the Great changed it all.  No longer did I have enough hands to hold the small grasps of my offspring’s little fingers.    I could be changing a diaper on Nathan and find that Gabriel and Seth had taken off in two different directions in the blink of an eye.  Seth would go to school and there was just two.  Whew! What a relief to only have two to keep track of.  Two hands to hold two tiny little hands.  Just two.  I had no idea what I was talking about.
Then Eli came.  The last two years have been a whirl of three children home during the day for awhile.  Two children in diapers for a large period of time.  So many mischievous acts while momma has her attention with another brother.  Slowly Gabriel began school too.  Last year there was just two home again.  It was still hectic.  Nate requires constant supervision.  It has been truly and completely exhausting.
So school will start in 54 hours.  As much as it has been a whirlwind and I can’t believe it is time already to send Nate off to pre-k for half days.  It is a welcome change.  I am looking forward to listening to Eli’s rapidly expanding vocabulary and babblings.  I am, dare I say it, excited to put him down for his afternoon nap at 2 in the afternoon and for the first time in years have one hour and twenty minutes of quiet before the big boyz come home.  Unfathomable at this given moment.  Exquisite even in my imagination.
The summer has been long, hot and fun.  We have laughed.  We have done some fun and amazing things.  We have dealt with some not so fun things.  Surgery has been had.  Checkups are completed.  But the boyz have had their fill of each other.  And Tuesday cannot come quick enough.  3,247 minutes.  But whose counting?
Eli enjoying the summer sun and a cool drink before heading into Grandma’s pool.

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