Thursday, August 21, 2008

Assessment

(Here she is, with the actual assessor/kidnapper)

Jane had her kindergarten assessment today. Rhyming ("hog, log, hip, dip, mouse, house--is that wight Mom?), counting ("I can't wememboh how much I could count.") and starting sounds ("I saw a Mouse picture and I said, "mmm, M, wight?"), she knew it all and apparently is assessed to be ready for kindergarten--which starts in 2 weeks.

Let's assess the mom. Let's assess if she is ready for Jane-in-kindergarten, shall we?

Enjoyment of said child: At an all-time high.

Really, aside from extra bouts of crying, the girl can do no wrong. All day long she just brings fun into my life.

Entertaining of Seth without said child: Poor.

Who else is going to get him in the bath, roll around on the ground with him and play the Mommy/Baby game (the fake one) with him, after Jane is gone.
Nappy-buddy needs: High.

I seriously started crying the other day, as I snuggled next to her yummy yummy skin and knew that within a few weeks this would be gone forever. (Actual tears currently welling).
Desire for child to spend more time OUT THERE than here: Uh, SUPER-LOW.

I know where this road leads (I've done it twice before, you know), and basically, it doesn't end back with me. They just get bigger and more independent and boo on that.
Relief that kindgarten is only a 4-hour a day thing: Very high.

I need to be weaned slowly from my Jane fix.

So, do they average our scores, or what?

28 comments:

Erin said...

Awwwww...I feel your pain. I'm losing BOTH of mine in one swoop to preschool next week. Although the thought of grocery shopping alone for the first time in 4 1/2 years is appealing, the loss of my nap buddies is not. Waaaaahhhh for us.

The Hansen Clan said...

I am feeling it too. I don't know what Brooke and I will do without Katelyn. Is it sad that a barely 6 year old is the glue to our day? I feel your pain sister.

♥Shally said...

Feel you.

I am still missing my Jaxon on a daily basis.

I keep looking at the clock thinking "STILL AT SCHOOL!!" :(

andrea said...

SURELY there has to be another mom out there who, like me, is loving the fact that the kids are going back to school? my LAST ONE is going to kindergarten, and i'm SO THRILLED!

come on... someone... throw me a bone here! otherwise, i may start feeling GUILT.

Tristan said...

I think you scored pretty normal! However I am with Andrea, I can't wait for Maddie to go back to preschool Monday!

Lisa-Marie said...

I could barely make it through this post without crying. I just sent Sirri off on the bus this morning all by herself. Acccck. It was harder than I even thought it was going to be. Can she really manage four hours without me? Me without her? What if she is sad or hurt or lonely and I don't know it? Or what if she has more fun than she's ever had and I miss that too? What kinds of ugly words will she learn watching the detestable Spongebob Square Pants on the bus? I want my baby back.

(I think I'll just cut and paste this "post length" comment and post it on my blog!)

Laurie said...

Here's your bone Andrea.

My boys never even waved goodbye when they climbed on the preschool bus. Today Nate shouted at me, before the bus was even there, "NO KISSES!" No backward glances from my crew.

Nap buddys? They quit that a year ago. And I was a nap nazi. But we exchanged two hours of daily power struggles for early bedtimes.

So yeah, I'm really excited for school to start because I'll have nearly three hours alone. With only an infant. Who should sleep.

Paige said...

I wasn't ready for my kids to go to kindergarten either, but getting them there and back after only 3 hours and you CAN'T wait for 6 hours of first grade- remember? Kindergarten is short. Too short.

Bekah said...

Oh, Jane! I love that girl and she is getting too big too fast! Oh, how I love and miss your kids!

Christie said...

Here's your bone, Andrea.

I LOVE my kids being gone all day. I like them around, but I am not sitting home crying my eyes out wishing I could play polly pockets or dress up. Seriously.

Hang in there, J. It does get better, and much more fun. Probably not for at least 6 years for you though.

Adrianne said...

Isn't kindergarten technically optional? You could always home school!!!

Jenibelle said...

You've had bones now here's steak...Jessica, this gives you more time with your little guys who will also grow up too fast for you. And...all the excitement of everyday looking forward to Janes'
version of kindergarten fun! I don't know about you, but I am looking forward to Jane going to kindergarten!!!

(The day I sent Lolo to K, I came home to a call that my pregnancy test was positive, hullo Jeff and then Scotty!)

Lauren in GA said...

Bless your heart.

I almost started crying when you described your nappy buddy being gone forever...

The picture is very sweet...that kidnapper looks sweet but we all know the sinister intentions of the assesors. Heartless. ;)

Hazen5 said...

I am losing my Payton in two weeks too! I will be crying with you in spirit on Jane's first day.

Bridget said...

I'm middle road at this point. Really enjoying my last days of summer with my kids, at the same time really looking forward to them going back to school.

Rochelleht said...

Uh, I am SO with you. Grace starts on Monday and I am seriously freaking out. At least you have two more babies! She is my last.

Tears currently welling up...

Pineapple Princess said...

I KNOW how you feel. I sent my baby off to kinder 14 days ago. There is still crying. Mostly by me. Some days they are tears of joy, sometimes they are tears of missing my best 5 year old buddy.

Say it or sing it, "We will survive." Louder.

jessica said...

When we got there Eden said "Mom, you're coming in with me right?" I told her I couldn't. She was quiet for a moment, then took a deep breath and said "I guess I'll have to be brave right..."

Seriously I am NOT ready.

nurse graham said...

I'm usually ready to send my kiddos back to school the first day of summer, but this year is a little different. My katelyn starts high school this year and I'm definitely not ready for her to be that old. 4 short years and she is all grown-up and out of the house. I think I'm going to cry this year on her first day back to school.

wenderful said...

I know I'm the lone minority but I do homeschool and I love it. My 8th grader is starting back to public school part time this year but she's old enough that there are no tears. She's excited, and so am I.

Carie said...

I cry every year, no matter how old they are.

I quickly adjust, only because my kids LOVE school and it is so good for them. Plus my house stays cleaner.

J'net said...

OK, I feel your situation!!
ONLY, my BABY is starting COLLEGE on Monday!!?
Now, WHY was I willing to let him graduate early??
But Dad Michael laughs and says even tho he is
turning 60 in Nov... HIS mom would let him move
back in ANY TIME!!
SO, Mom's just get to be MOM'S for the rest of their lives and want their babies in their nest!
Cute blog! Totally relating with you, the first day of
school was ALWAYS a mixed review for me, I seemed to have had a "baby in the making" 3 times when my kindergarten student started... Oh, yeah, you DO too!!! Aloha!

zeeny said...

I cried over kindergarten and ours is all day long. My little B missed M after such a long day. Hopefully she will enjoy it! That is the only part that made it ok for me, M loves school!

Celia Fae said...

How sweet that you still love her after five years. I hope that the same goes for me and Alice.

She really is a darling girl. I can see how you'd be choked up.

Meghann said...

Okay, are you TRYING to make this harder on me? Cause you're not making this any easier on the rest of us.

diane said...

When my baby girl started kindergarten many years ago, my friends said I would cry, and I did...Tears of joy! Now as she started her Jr year at HS, I must admit I'm melancholy. Only One more first day of HS in my future! I need to get a life fast. I think when she's gone I'll just travel alot and visit my kids and bug them.

Ilene said...

Ah, Jane is such a cutie. Luckily there will be another napping partner in the mix pretty soon... one that makes baby noises and has even softer skin.

Rachel said...

and THIS is exactly why we keep having babies, isn't it??