The Last Year

My Facebook feed has featured a lot of first day at school photos over the last week. Tiny people in oversized sweatshirts, some looking proud and happy, some looking sad and anxious, all starting their school lives.

Next September that will be us. It seems unbelievable really. Syd has only just had his third birthday, he is just out of nappies, he is half baby, half boy – but in twelve short months he will be donning his first uniform and I will have to step back and let teachers take my place in the week.

I already feel a tad wobbly about it, but that is because I am judging him as he is today, a year is a long time in a small chaps life. I am sure he will be far more ready by then and I fully intend to make the most of this last bit of time as a full-time mum.

He is my baby, I have been through this twice before and survived! I have snivelled on the way home from that all important first day on two previous occasion, wondering where the time had gone and why the world wanted to snatch my baby away before either of us were ready. But they both loved reception (even if the years of school eventually dulled their enthusiasm!)

He has changed so much already.

He has changed so much already.

Syd now qualifies for 15 hours a week of free childcare. Initially I had him booked in for 5 mornings, using all of those hours, but several months ago I had a re-think and dropped it down to 3. I didn’t want every day to be on a schedule, I want a couple of days a week where we could go with the flow – a spontaneous trip to the beach or to feed the ducks, a museum trip, a family visit, sticking, painting and building Batman towns.

I may moan on days where he has been particularly truculent, but I love being at home with him and am grateful I have been in a position to choose to do that. I also know there are lessons to teach this year, he will be among the youngest in the class but I don’t want him feeling that any more than necessary. We will practise getting dressed (he has getting undressed down pat – what is it with toddlers and nakedness?!) and going to the toilet solo. He is showing a real interest in letters and reading at the moment and I think he will know how to write his name and read simple words long before the year is up.

His 3 mornings a week at pre-school will hopefully give him the knowledge that I always come back and that he is fine away from me for a few hours, but will I be OK without him for 6 hours a day? I will miss hanging out with little dude, making towns out of Lego on your own is lonely. What will I do with myself with all that extra time on my hands? I am not sure, doubt it will be housework tho!

Fairy Non-Bio asked Mums what they missed most about the pre-school years – a quarter said it was kisses and cuddles, 43% said it was their child’s company (that is definitely what I will miss) and 28% said it was just the constant background noise (whereas I am looking forward to the peace!). They have produced the below video to encourage us to make the most of those oh-so-soft cuddles while we can, although it got me reaching for the tissues as I blubbed like a baby – I think that has more to do with my big girl heading off to university next year though – I am going to be a mess next September aren’t I?

 

What did/will you miss the most when your little one went/goes to school?

Love Miss Cisco XXX

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  1. September 12, 2014 / 9:41 am

    Let’s not think about next September. Next month (first Uni open days) is enough for me. It is surprising how quickly the little people grow in a year isn’t it 🙁
    Hope it goes well for both of your children (and you).
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    • September 12, 2014 / 9:47 am

      Yes, we have uni open days next month too, is it wrong that I am desperately hoping she prefers the nearby to the far away? x
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  2. September 12, 2014 / 10:16 am

    My boy started middle school last week and it only seemed like 5 mins earlier he’d had his first day at reception. They grow so fast but it really is wonderful to watch.
    I said to jacob the other day that he’d soon be too big to give me kisses and cuddles and he said that would never happen – made me beam x

  3. September 12, 2014 / 11:27 am

    Yep – shouldn’t have watched it! Fusing the keyboard now by blubbing!I haven’t had a hug for 6 days now and I can’t take it – how am I going to manage 6 weeks?
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    • September 12, 2014 / 3:59 pm

      ah yes, I too got a dog when my middle boy started school, and then I had another baby as well- no more of them this time though!

  4. September 12, 2014 / 6:16 pm

    Ah – I’m SO with you! My youngest just started school this year, and PE is the only thing causing him trauma (because of the changing). So we’ve brought his PE kit home for the weekend to practice! Aside from that, he’s LOVING it. And I’m exhausted! I think, subconsciously, I’ve been stressed out these past 2 weeks, hoping he’ll love it. And now I feel 10 feet tall and like a weight has lifted because HE DOES! WHOOP! *punches the air
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  5. September 12, 2014 / 8:01 pm

    As daft as it sounds it’s the noise I miss the most when I’m home alone. Don’t get me wrong I do enjoy the silence at first, but after a couple of hours I do find myself wondering what it’s so quiet and almost listening out for them doing something and then wondering what they’re up to. It can be tough sometimes being a parent!
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  6. September 12, 2014 / 8:37 pm

    Try and enjoy this last year as much as you can. He is such a cute little boy!
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  7. September 13, 2014 / 8:03 am

    Its my sons last year in primary and I feel so sad about htat too…so very hard to let them grow and go .. have anamazing last year pre school x
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  8. September 13, 2014 / 9:02 am

    This is exactly how I felt last year and that year has flown by, however hard I tried to stop it. A has settled into school really well and she was so ready, it was just me that wasn’t
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  9. September 13, 2014 / 3:26 pm

    Enjoy this last year. I hope it doesn’t fly by too quickly for you. I think you’ve done the right thing by cutting down the pre-school hours. Those hours are great for working families, but if you don’t need them, why use them all and waste those last precious months with your baby boy?
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  10. September 13, 2014 / 7:27 pm

    Gulp. When you say it like that, just out of nappies and yet next year will be in uniform it is reminder of just how little they are doesnt it?

    I will be passing tissues this time next year
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  11. September 14, 2014 / 4:21 pm

    I think I missed being able to do as we pleased every day… spontaneous day trips & going with the flow depending on what we felt like doing.
    Now that they’re both at uni & all grown up there’s even more to miss. Just taken Olivia to the coach & know that I’m unlikely to see her before Christmas :o(

  12. stinkfoot
    September 28, 2014 / 8:15 am

    I have 4 boys, aged 7, 6, 5, and 4. My youngest joined his brothers at “big school” this month and it made my eyes suddenly see all my boys are now children, not babies, and I felt suddenly desperate to claw them back to my breast and hold on for longer! The first 2 weeks since they went back to school I have been bored, my house has never been cleaner, and I have missed them! I used to do a lot of things with my 4 year old…The weekly shop, trips to town, walks, sometimes naps, and lunch. Now I eat a sandwich with adult company and I must say I prefer my 4 year old talking nonsense to me! He eased the pangs slightly by reverting back to the Terrible Twos for a week out of sheer tiredness and all the newness…and you can’t pine too much after a child who has been testing your patience and beyond constantly. 🙂 Now they are all settled in, I have had a review for my Aspie Kid and he’s doing fine, so I really feel that now I can do things….I just don’t know what yet! For a while you shall find me mooching around Dorchester. 🙂 I like your blog 🙂

    • September 28, 2014 / 8:20 am

      Thank you, and ooh, a fellow Dorchester soul – *waves hello* 🙂

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