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School Allocation Day for Willem

‘It’s not like it was when we were children’, this is what I’ve had to explain to my dad two years on the trot now. When we were younger you wandered up to your local school the year before you were due to start and your parents put your name down and that was it. Now it’s like a lottery, you pick your three choices and hope for the best.

Today I found out Willem got our first choice of schools, and I was so relived. This time last year when we found out where Roran was going I wasn’t all that bothered. We lived near two very good schools, although I preferred one to the other I was happy with either really. However this time I got a little worried as we had temporarily moved out of the catchment area, so what if we didn’t get Willem into the same school? How would I be at two schools at the same time? I can’t move Roran he loves his school/friends/teachers, but how would I explain to Willem he was going somewhere else?

These were obviously all irrational fears created by my own mind in my own little imaginary world, but to me they could be real. Everyone told me to not worry as he was clearly going to get in with the sibling rule, but what if he didn’t? Yoschool allocationu hear stories of parents having children at different schools, I just couldn’t manage that, especially with a new baby and a toddler in tow.

These scenario’s all went pop this morning when I found out at 6.30am via an email we had got the preferred school. Now I just need to get my head around my little boy going school. Roran started at the age of 4 years and 11 months, being an October baby. Willem will be 4 years and 2 months, as his birthday is right at the end of June. He will be so young compared to his big brother, but at least he will be there to look after him.`

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The 48 hour week

Last weekend the boys were came down with a bug, this lead to a long week in our house.

Saturday

Roran started off with a little bit of diarrhoea, and I mean a little bit! We had been to a party and I just thought it was a mixture of too much excitement and rubbishy food. SO we packed him off to bed and thought nothing of it. That night Willem joined us in bed and announced he had been sick in the toilet.

Sunday

My ‘lie in’ and it consisted of me listen to Rob explain to Willem of you need to pump go to the toilet. By the time had come downstairs Willem had already had several ‘pump’ accidents and it was obvious we had a bug.  So it was decided that instead of our planned trip to the woods we would have a chilled day at home.

Monday

No school or nursery as we are in 48 hour quarantine. So I had all 3 children at home by myself, and despite them being ‘poorly’ they were not ill at all! This was a sign of what was to come – argument about who had been on the tablet the longest, who’s turn it was to pick what we watch, who got the toys and didn’t put them away. Added to this I had no food in the house and with my 3 that is a rookie mistake. I did make a quick dash to the shop for some fruit and snacks so that I didn’t have the constant ‘I’m hungry’. That night I was pleased to go to work, but a little annoyed all 3 for the first time in weeks were actually asleep by 7pm. After a stressful day I enjoyed some mindful mediation at my MummyNatal class and looked forward to heading home. Only to have a bump in my husbands car and spend the night awaiting the recovery vehicle. That night Roran came in to tell us he had been sick and was sick again several times in the early hours.

Tuesday

Roran was back to square one 48 hours off and was fine, the day followed a similar pattern of arguments and disagreements between the boys. Worse still I ran out coffee by mid morning and forgot to add it to my Tesco order.

Wednesday

Thank god today Persephonie, who has showed no signs of the bug, is at nursery. I decided not to send Willem as he still had diarrhoea the last few days. I however had work so my mother in law came over for a few hours and also Tesco delivered. However not only did I forget my coffee but not chocolate or shampoo or conditioner either.

Thursday

So today Roran goes back to school, yay, NO! He was sick again all night. Not happy about this at all and I’m am now too tired to listen to the arguments. The tablet has been banned as we17078668_10154934745821221_979052638_nll as several shows. We spent the morning doing activity books and drawing, I even had 5 minutes to check my emails before Persephonie spotted my laptop. By the afternoon they were bored and despite having this bug the boys didn’t feel the need to rest or nap. As it was nice outside they had a run around the garden and some well needed fresh air. Willem has been clear for 48 hours and I arranged for Roran to go to my mums in the morning so Willem can have his swimming lesson. Persephonie has nursery.

Friday

My plans were short lived, Willem was sick again all night!  So I packed Persephonie off to nursery and settled in for another day of cabin fever. No tablet still, but we did agree on a film to watch which kept the boys occupied enough for me to tidy the kitc17204539_10154934746176221_1265823762_nhen and do a little bit of work. After that I headed to Starbucks, we have a drive thru so I can grab my coffee and go. No need to take the germy children inside and share with others. This coffee was good, my first in a few days and very well deserved I think. The afternoon was calmer but I made the mistake of allowing the children some time in their rooms alone, and it looked like a pit. So tiding up and tears happened before bedtime. I did have the luxury of my sister dropping off some shampoo and conditioner so I got to wash my hair properly, which was amazing. The children went down early (before 7.30) so Rob and me sat down to watch a film.

Saturday

Rob let me lay in and it was good, I have been so tired and also struggling with back ache and braxton hicks. No one was sick last night but we felt it best not to take Roran swimming. Today felt a little bit back to normal and both boys have some colour. I can’t be 100% sure but I think we may have got past it. Fingers crossed.

 

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The Day… Roran started school

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Well it has seemed like it has been a long time coming but today Roran finally started school. Being an October baby, he watched a large majority of his friends head off to school last September, and has been counting the months down since then.

So after a summer break of buying, trying on and returning school uniforms, a trip to the local shoe factory to buy a pair of expensive, but hopefully long lasting school shoes and endless evenings of sewing in name labels, this morning we were ready. Our school doesn’t
do home visits or transition days, we had an hour stay and play in July and another hour yesterday, then today he went by himself for the whole morning.

Now I knew he would be fine, he’s a very confident little boy, who easily makes friends but there is always that thought in the back of your mind. We arrived on time and bumped into a friend from pre-school. All the parents waited for the doors to open and when they did, it was like a mass migration. I was pleased to see Roran had waited for me, only for it to be short lived by the realisation that he actually just wanted me to hold his book bag!

First thing we had to do was obviously go for a wee, he always needs to check the facilities. We hung his jumper and coat on his peg and into his classroom he went. He then came back to take his book-bag in and put it in his tray. I said a hopeful goodbye, but he was gone.

While part of me was pleased we went in with no fuss or tears, part of me felt a little sad. He doesn’t need me all the time and has grown in to a confident independent little schoolboy. Let the next chapter begin…