DS is almost 8; DD almost 1. We pulled DS from school in late February and I have been quite overhwhelmed with the day to day life of a baby and an older, active child at home. The baby's pace of two naps, frequent nursings, and up 7 times a night doesn't mesh too well with an inquisitive, on-the-go older child who is a sponge for fun, information and activity. And I can barely keep my eyes open and patience in tow. Plus I work part-time.
I've been unstructured with our life thus far..... trying to follow DS's interests and lead. But I feel like my head (and body) are pulled in two completely opposite directions. And it's just not working for me. I am an on-the-go person and recalibrating life with baby and exhaustion has been a slow, steep learning curve. I find myself dreaming of the structure a curriculum would provide or *gasp* imagining how much easier my day would be if DS was still in school -- that way I could sleep whenever DD naps, take in a baby class (I loved music classes with DS when he was a baby). I have moments of panic when I think DS can no longer write, has lost interest in reading, and is content to memorize all the lyrics from the Backyardigans.
Any advice on how to navigate this new reality? On good days, I just say let me get through the next year, and things will come together. But on a bad day, I think I have no structure, I'm bored at home, DS is bored and bummed (although he still says he's glad he's not at school), and the nights crawl along at a snail's pace. A seven year spread between my children has had some benefits -- but the transition from school has been a big one for me.