Good day everyone. I woke up this morning to my husband and children bringing me flowers, cards and breakfast. Hubby sacrificed his sleep in day to bake me a cake too :) Hard to believe another year has gone by and now I'm 27. I know to a lot that is young, which I know, but that's three years away from 30, which used to seem so old to me!!!
I just wanted to clarify something, which I meant to do a few days ago and forgot. A lady named Sylvie left a comment kind of rebuking another person for their comment on my school choices. I guess it was implied that I would be offended. Well, I wasnt'. I completely understand that others would think, well, if that is going on that the public school than obviously get her out and homeschool her! I thought that to myself many times while sitting in those ridiculous meetings.
The fact is that deep down I do want to homeschool. It's just that with the present circumstances, it's not in the best interest of everyone. You gotta live in my shoes for a few days to get it. Here is the scenario:
My children are Leiah, age 6.5; Alexa age 5.5; Sarah is 3 and I'm 6 months pregnant with the 4th baby girl. I am due August 17th, which, would be very odd if she got here then since I've had c-sections. Likely it will be a week before that. My children are very, uh, spirited. They fight a lot and play rough like boys. They like to run and shout and tear stuff up and destroy, however, they are learning to calm down and help when it tell them too. Still, it's a daily battle :)
Ok, so, if I have a c-section there is a longer recovery time. I go home three days after surgery and am still on lots of pain pills/ gas meds etc. I will have my husband home that week. The next week, my mom may come over for a few days, but I still can't drive, vacuum, lift any of the other kids or something like a heavy laundry basket. I will have to take the baby to the pediatrician at some point so he can check her out. In the midst of all of this, I will be trying to learn how to breastfeed- it hasn't worked out the other three times.
So, traditionally school starts the last week of August here. I know that I wouldn't have to do it that way, and school would basically be the alphabet, learning to read, numbers, shapes etc. For Leiah that will mean extra practice on tracing and saying the letters, extra motor skill practice, toileting and getting dressed etc. Then I will also have to take her twice a week to the city for therapy- speech and physical and occupational, plus any new brain gym sessions we do. I have insurance and therapy was $45 per 15 minutes, it may be more now.
Not to mention, that I will have to wake up at night with baby, handle the laundry, house cleaning, shopping and cooking healthy meals, preparing/grading school work, make sure I get enough nutrients etc...
Second scenario: I have baby, I have helpers for two weeks, then the older two start public school. Either they will go by bus or daddy will take them and I will pick them up. I will then have a newborn and a three year old at home. I will be responsible for keeping up with the girls' schedules etc. making their lunches, keeping their stuff together, helping with any homework, but still, a lot different than before. When baby is sleeping I can rest, play with Sarah and do the work that needs doing. I would still have to get up early with the other girls, but more than likely I'll be up anyways for feeding. If I were having the baby now instead of then, it might be more feasible to homeschool, I don't know.
So, that's my decision. Add in that now we are moving to get to a better school district, and that throws another iron in the fire :) It may not always be this way, but, for now this is the best for the whole family. I know I would get stressed out, which would affect everyone- you know, 'If Mama ain't happy ain't nobody happy.'?
Alrighty, gotta go. Have a good weekend!!