Life clicked into a good place last week. This school year, the days are pretty much perfectly divided for the distribution of attention/needs for each kid (and me) – at least that's the way it feels. I think it feels that way for the kids, too, because everyone seems to be in very good spirits.
Noah is in school all day. He got a very high-energy, super-organized teacher who is the perfect complement for him. He comes home happy and excited about his class and what he's learning everyday. This year he gets to take the bus in the morning; he was unbelievably enthusiastic about this. I was unbelievably nervous. But so far, so good. Oh, the bus. I think taking the bus versus being dropped off/picked up at school could have it's own special post.
Mattias is in a half day preschool program. Last year, he did a twice/once a week program. I must say, it didn't go very well. Partially he was too young. Partially the program wasn't as great as I hoped. I remember, way back at the beginning of our experiences with child-in-preschool, I felt really lost about what to look for in a program. I googled information about recognizing good preschool programs, I tried to sort instinct from learned knowledge from hype when I visited. Now, 4 years later, I finally feel like I've got some sort of fundamental wisdom on the whole preschool scene. That took a long time. But there's definitely a difference among programs and teachers. And (I've concluded that) I'm super-picky. Mattias's program this year was largely chosen for convenience. By a twist in fortune, it also happens to be a great program. I'm thrilled with his teacher and I feel lucky; especially after all the hand-wringing last year. I guess I didn't realize how much the less-than-ideal situation was weighing on me.
Trixie is four months old now. I think four months is when life with a baby starts to get fun. She's still big; repeatedly in the 97th percentile for all those measurements that they do. Honestly, I'd be okay if she was a little smaller and NOT outgrowing all her clothes so fast.
I'm working on several different projects, all of which I'd like to share. I'm finding that time to sit at the computer and type is really at a premium lately. Well, you know how it is.