Parenting, Thing 1

School Daze

I have been busy getting LilZ ready for school and the other two ready to start back at daycare in 10 days. LilZ has his orientation today and we have to be there or he won’t get his class schedule until the first day of school. In other words? They’re holding the schedule hostage to force us to show up and hear stuff we probably already know. I hate this crap. Not only would it be a pain if I had to take off work to attend, but now I have to attend with two kids in tow. He’s been at the school for two years already – are you telling me there is something he must know today? You can’t tell him or me at the first day of school? If it weren’t for the schedule I’d totally skip it, but sending an 8th grader to school without a schedule is like torture to a teen. He must know what friends are going to be in what class in advance or he could die. Don’t you know?

I start back to work on the 11th and I’ll officially be spending illegal amounts of money on childcare. I could drive two more cars and maybe live in a house twice the size that we currently live in. I’ll be spending 1 1/2 times my mortgage on childcare every month. IT PAINS ME.

So, we’ve been buying school supplies and working out carpool logistics. Planning lunches and breast feeding schedules. We’ve introduced AndyZ to formula to supplement while he’s at school (I’m unable to pump) and that went well. Even though it broke my heart to do it. NikkiZ is going to start the class the requires her to wear panties so we’re working out the last kinks of potty-training. LilZ has grown since last year (WHY CAN’T HE STOP ALREADY?) so we’re looking at a shorts only wardrobe for awhile. None of his jeans fit. NONE OF THEM. I can’t afford to restock his pants yet since I just obnoxious amounts on school supplies, so let’s hope it stays warm for another few months.

In two weeks I’ll be back to work with two kids in daycare and one in 8th grade. Life is moving way to fast. Can we do something about that? Maybe just freeze it all for a moment? So I can catch my breath? Thanks.

18 thoughts on “School Daze”

  1. OH! I hear you and I sympathize! We live right outside NYC, and our daycare costs make me throw up a little every time I write the check (today). There is a day care in my neighborhood that charges 2K a month because they have a view of NYC! and an Organic Chef! I’m not kidding.

    Good luck with the transition, work might seem like a vacation after being home with three kids!

  2. damn school starts early in the south! In MD they don’t go back until just around Labor Day…of course they dont’ get out until June. Anyhow – man, just reading that made me tired! Good luck with all the changes headed your way – I bet you’ll handle it all like a pro!

  3. I can’t get used to school starting so early down here in the South. In my mind, summer just started.

    Also can’t believe you are heading back to work soon…hope you are okay with that.

    My baby arrived on Tuesday – I have some photos up of course. No one told me how painful the after math of a c-section is! I know – duh!

  4. I’ll be watching to see how you manage the organizational nightmare (in my anxious mind!) of getting two little ones to daycare every day. UG! May the force be with you. 🙂

  5. Is it that your work won’t allow you to pump? Isn’t that illegal? Or is it that (like me) you can put your breast in that pump, turn the suction up all the way, and only have 1/4 of an ounce in 20 minutes? In any case, sorry to hear it. I’ll be in a similar situation soon (starting work) but we may not have to supplement with formula — we’re playing it by ear. My breasts are so accustomed to feeding Henry ~35 times a day (exaggeration, but still) that I still get engorged and miserable if I go too long without feeding.

  6. I’m exhausted just reading that. Back-to-school days always make me breathe a sigh of relief that we homeschool – we can take everything at a much slower pace and no school clothes shopping!

    Although, believe me, the sleepless nights of worrying that you are covering all your bases might not be a good trade-off!

    I cannot imagine what 2 in daycare costs. But after running a daycare, they’re worth it!

  7. Let’s find the silver lining for you. 🙂 Pens! I think you should treat yourself to some new writing instruments. You deserve it.

  8. School doesn’t start here until after Labor Day. The year my sister moved from here to there her girls got out at the end of June and started mid-August. They weren’t too happy ’bout that!

    I’m with you on the daycare. It’s like another mortgage or two car payments. Every month! And I got a break because they were just opening the center and had a grand opening rate. Day camp, to me, is worse though. They charge more than daycare and have a higher counselor/camper ratio. It’s gotten to the point that I dread summer with all the child care expenses. I’m in the wrong business!

    On the up side: I think Scout’s school uniforms from last year still fit. I only need to replace the slacks that he went through the knees in.

    I haven’t received the school supply list yet. It’s crazy that they make you take him to orientation when he’s been there already.

  9. I never had to worry about daycare with my kids. I always got to use babysitters who watched them at their home. The kids still had playmates (babysitters kids) and I got a huge discount compared with daycare.

    School starts here on Tuesday and I just spent a whole bunch of money to supply three kids with paper and pencils. With six outfits left to buy (two for each kid), I decided the shirts they got while on vacation were perfect for school shirts as were the polo shirts we bought at the end of school last year since they really haven’t been worn but once or twice. That leaves me with six pairs of shorts to buy by Tuesday. Whew.

    Find that button to make time freeze for a minute let me know. I need a break.

  10. our kids start school/pre-school on august 18th which i’ve been told is early as well but the norm around here. my sister lives in florida where it is mandated that school starts later (perhaps to help the tourism industry?).

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    My goodness, that’s a lot of big stuff happening there! I hope it all goes well!

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  13. I think you live in an area that has cheaper daycare, right? Well, cheaper is a relative term, I guess. Hey, let’s play a game – I pay $1405 per month for daycare of ONE CHILD – do I win?

    What an empty victory.

  14. Why is it that daycare costs so much money? I don’t get it. Well then again everything costs a ton of money these days. I start my brand new job on the 11th!! So we can celebrate virtually your return and my new one that day! 🙂

    Kids growing up? I just saw a whole bunch that made me cry because I swear they were just babies, including one that is now about to have a baby.

  15. Daycare is so expensive, and yet nobody knows why! So many kids to a smaller amount of teachers, yet they charge through the roof!!

    I wish i could pause time for you. Your babies are just adorable. Hopefully you will relish the “grown up” time you get at work. 🙂

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