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Monday, January 17, 2011

My Pre-Schooler for Only Seven More Days

Empty Nest
One week from today, my youngest child will be attending his first day of school. Just the thought of it fills my heart with dread. My baby will be going to big boy school. He will don the uniform that his big brother has worn for the last two years (not the actual uniform, we are not that stingy as to give him a hand-me-down uniform on his very first day, just the uniforms for the rest of the week are hand-me-downs), but this time it is more heart-wrenching, because he is my last.

No more kindy gym, no more spontaneous cuddles in the middle of the day, no more "I love you Mummy" coupled with said spontaneous cuddles, no more swimming a lap with him on Thursdays, no more special time as we enjoy our spring rolls at our favourite Filipino takeaway in Rusty's Markets.

The beautiful angel that I get to spend my days with will turn into the annoying little brother that he becomes when he is around his older sibling. From 3 pm, the house will be filled with sounds of bickering and moaning about homework.

The positive side is that I will have more time on my hands. What shall I do with five hours a day all on my own?

  • There is always work. I can increase my hours by about 10 hours or so.
  • I can concentrate on finishing the last two subjects of my degree.
  • I can clear my to-do list of all those little projects that always get put off.
  • I can do my walks/runs during the day instead of at dawn, which is actually good timing, because I am starting to lose daylight.
  • I can clean the house on a regular basis, instead of waiting until it is a health hazard.
  • I can prepare dinner during the day instead of way too late in the evening as I have been doing since school holidays started.
  • I can continue my learning about information marketing and maybe actually do something with it.

Looking back on this list, I think I would rather have middle-of-the-day spontaneous cuddles from my five-year-old...Sigh.


  1. All the things you have listed are the things I did when my oldest daughter started school years ago.

    By doing them things when she was at school gave me more time on the weekend and after school to spemd with her.

    (((( Hugs )))) XXXX Kisses XXXX

  2. Actually, not cleaning your house until it becomes a health hazard doesn't sound all that bad to me. I've never had children, although I do have a grown up who calls me mom, and she comes with all the joys and headaches just like one of my own. You'll eventually find something special to do for yourself with that extra time.

  3. Aww, such a big milestone for both of you. You'll be amazed at how quickly those hours will fill up though ... hope the day goes well for both of you. xo

  4. wow, i've never had a chance to experience that empty nesty-ness. it sounds kind of nice.

  5. Such a big milestone... I say (for the first week at least) you sit quietly with a cuppa and revise that to do list... just to make sure it's perfect before you get stuck into it. :)

  6. Thanks everyone for the comments!

    MotorBikesLady: That makes me feel better. I do plan to ensure that I get one on one time with both the kids, because as their social lives increase our time with them will be fleeting.

    ClippedWings: I hope so. I would like to use a small amount of the time to do something creative.

    MaidInAustralia: I thought I would have so much time when my eldest went to school, but the opposite was actually true, because of all the extracurricular activities that have to be squeezed in after school.

    SherilinR: I suppose it will be kind of nice. I guess you could call it bittersweet.

    Naomi: I think you are right, I should just ponder over my to-do list for a little while just to make sure it is just so.

  7. My daughters are starting kindergarten in August and I'm already getting misty eyed about it! Time goes by too fast; don't you think?

  8. Aw :( Maybe it is time to (re)pro-create! ;)

  9. I have another year to go before my preschoolers head off to big school.
    I don't know what I'll do ?
    Yesterday I was all teary taking them to prep room at day care ...have you got your tissues ready.

  10. I felt like this when my son started kindergarten a couple years ago-sigh...


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