Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Okay, I'm all talk

I've been known to talk big and bold on this blog before about how much fun it is to see my babies grow up. Other mom's cry and try to hold onto the baby years and I've talked of how I don't relate. I really have enjoyed each developmental milestone in O and Turner's lives.

And to be honest, I'm just not much of a baby person. I'll do the good friend, obligatory hold of your newborn. I'm no spoil sport. But I won't be too sad to hand it back to you when my arm gets tired.

However, my bluff has been called over the past two weeks! I've had this dark cloud hanging over my head for several months now called preschool. I realize a three year old doesn't NEED to go to preschool. I just happen to think my particular three year old would really thrive in a school environment. Girl is ready to learn and is ready to cut the apron strings.

And it's not that I'm not ready to see her grow, learn, develop, make friends, etc. It's EVEN more selfish than that. I don't want to do the school hunt. It is freaking overwhelming. 2 days a week? 3 days a week? Christian? Montessori? Near? Far? Public? Private? YMCA? Church affiliated? Ethnically Diverse! Science Center? Cost? My work schedule? Steve's work schedule? Quinn coming home! Medical appointments? My work-out schedule? ACK!!! Makes me want to cuss.

The one I'm leaning toward most right now is a public Montessori school less than 2 miles from our house. It is $25 for the whole year. They only take twelve 3 year olds. Here is the kicker- it is 5 days a week/ 4 hours a day. This is where I find a lump in my throat. I'm not sure I'm ready to lose my baby! I'll admit, those feelings took me by surprise. But the thought that if we go this route, these are the last few months of having my baby home with me all week is overwhelming. Crazy. If you've been there, done that, feel free to give any input you like. My guess is O can handle it, my doubt is that I can!


KTC said...

5 days a week could be a real blessing with Quinn coming. could be perfect timing. Not that I'm for rushing the kid out of the house. but, I am practical.

Colleen said...

First, I can't believe your Montessori is only $25! I guess we don't have "public" Montessori here because it was really expensive (in the thousands for a year) when we looked into it for Rachel. I really was turned off by 5 days a week. I understand kids adapt and all, but I'm in favor of a more gradual dumping from the nest. We started her with 2 mornings a week in our public school district's preschool program when she was 3. Then we did 4 afternoons when she was 4. I thought it was a nice progression to the 5 days of kindergarten.

BUT, with only having to pay $25, I would carefully consider that one for sure!!