School, that is.
Otto seems to be loving his school, and so am I. Each day he is excited to go and is off before I can say good bye when we get there. When I go to pick him up he is engaged in fun and hesitant to leave. I am really hoping the enthusiasm continues. So far, so good.
I am also loving his school. Today I received this email from his teacher:
This week we will be talking about the waxing moon as it approaches its full harvest moon phase on Thursday night. We will read some books and hear some stories where the moon plays a central role. See if you can walk outside with your child and notice the moon this week. We will also be talking about the first day of autumn which occurs Wednesday. Finally we will be making grape juice. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.
It doesn’t get much better than that in my eyes. You should know, the grapes they will use are grown at the school so the kids will help in the harvest as well.
I have some great pictures, I got my camera back!!!, to share but that requires getting the iPad out of eric’s hands and he is currently reigning champion on Shrek Cart so it may not happen tonight.
Otto had his first night of soccer school tonight. It went pretty well. There was an older kid who was literally beating Otto up and the teachers weren’t doing anything about it. Eric stepped in and stopped it but it seems to have bothered Otto. As you can well imagine. He has a week before the next class so we will see how he is feeling then. I think overall it is and will be something he likes, he just is working out how to process the whole thing. It is really hard seeing your kid in a situation like that. I think both eric and I are still dealing with what to think about it as well.
Oh, one other thing, today is day three in a row of no naps from Otto. He seems totally fine. It doesn’t seem to make him sleep in any later, he is still up and raring to go at 6:12 so I have adjusted the bedtime. They normally were going upstairs for bed at 8 or a little after, tonight lights were out at 7:30. There were no complaints and it seems pretty quiet up there. Often Mette fights an earlier bedtime but she has been really tired lately so it may just work out fine. Today he did a very good job of playing quietly downstairs while I cleaned. He went in and outside all by himself engrossed in his own world of cars and games. On days where he goes to school I think I will encourage him to lay down in bed for half and hour, but if he doesn’t fall asleep I will let him come downstairs. I knew this day would come eventually and I have to say, it is much less of a big deal than I thought it would be. If he can play quietly and let me get done what I want to get done while Mette naps, and if it means they go to bed earlier, I am fine with that.
Speaking of going to bed, I am on the last of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo books and I have a habit of staying up WAY too late reading them so I am going to go get a head start on getting to sleep.
Here is a glimpse into my day.
Both kids woke up at 6 which was too early for them, but they wouldn’t go back to sleep. This made them both crabby, Otto more than Mette. We had a pretty good morning with a few minor lack of sleep bumps. When it was time for naps, both went down fairly easily so I thought I was in the clear. Then Mette woke up screaming after sub 20 minutes. She is cutting her second bottom tooth so I gave her some Tylenol and tried to rock her back to sleep. A little over an hour of intense screaming on her part and walking, rocking and singing on my part I got her back to sleep. No sooner did I stand from the rocking chair to put her in her crib did I hear Otto crying. He had only been asleep for 1.5 hours and he usually sleeps for 2 or 3 and he never wakes up crying. He had to pee and wanted his train downstairs. UGH. So I let him go downstairs and told him he had to play quietly since really he should still be taking a nap. He was pretty good and I was able to get a little embroidery done (pics soon) which was nice. Then eric came home. He took the kids to play while I ran to the liquor store. I didn’t even make it out the door when he called for me to come quick. I had spent all day playing with Mette and watching her every move and no sooner do I head out, she starts to crawl. She was up on all fours and starting making forward progress. Again, Ugh. THEN, for the first time ever I didn’t get carded at the liquor store. We live in a college town, I always get carded. On the walk home I noticed that I had walked all the way to the liquor store with my shirt on inside out. I put on a clean shirt before leaving since Mette had spit up on the one I was wearing, I just didn’t bother to see if it was on properly. Nice. Now we are having friends come over for drinks and I am going to have some fruity alcoholic drink. And it will be good.