My eldest (BeanBean) will be 5 in about a month (kindergartener). The girls are 3 (BooBah) and 18 months old (Bella), and I'll have a new little boy in February.
Yes, I have lost my mind.
Bella eats pencil erasers-- she goes about it very methodically, chewing them right down to the metal.
BooBah has a very mellow, laid-back personality, but she's very, very particular about things and wants to do them her own way. When school time rolls around, BooBah wants private time and specific help & projects. She absolutely INSISTS that she is a kindergartener, and she's learning to read out of sheer stubborness, I swear.
Today for the first time, BeanBean encountered something that he had to think about to learn. He threw himself away from me and declared, "I'm not ready to be a kindergartener!" Then he told Mike all about how he'd been coerced into kindergarten (this is the same child who, six months ago, burst into tears at the thought that he might not be permitted to start kindergarten this year
). Yeah, we took a break, and he came back to it calm and ready to go. It was still pretty easy, but it really was the first time that he's had to *think* about something we did for school, and it threw him for a loop.
SeaMonkey makes it impossible for me to eat and remain hydrated right now, so I'm not as happy as I could be. Add to that that we're out of Floravital (and it's going to be a while before we can order more
) and I'm left treading water...
Things will get easier, I'm sure. I can see it already. Even if I can convince my sister to pull my neices from school and I end up with both of them around five days a week, things will get easier-- ChibiChibi is old enough to be helpful even though she'll still need one-on-one attention and work, and BizzyBug is very easy to deal with once you establish rules and routine. All it takes is a sign on the wall and BizzyBug will adhere to it with fierce dedication.
Still, there would be work involved... I cannot believe sometimes that I'm so willing to bring two more children (even if they are older) into this chaos that I call "family life."