Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Big kid school

Well, I had a very difficult talk with the babysitter this week.

Addison has become more and more ready to get out there in the mix. I can feel that she WANTS to learn.

I have always felt very lucky that I had an in-home babysitter for the girls. I hate the idea of them being left in cribs for 8 hours a day as a baby just being picked up to be fed and have their diapers changed. My babysitter, Alice, has treated them as her own and holds them and they call her "auntie" and it's kept my guilt at a minimum.

That being said, Addison is now 3 1/2 and a more formalized learning environment is now in order. Every day she asked me when she gets to go to big kid school and I want to make sure she stays engaged and is constantly being stimulated.
We have a new pre-school being built in our neighborhood that teaches the A-BEKA method that I LOVE and I have decided that on June 1 I am moving her.

Keep in mind I had always planned on moving her when she turned 4 and that is why this was a harder conversation that I had anticipated.
I am moving her about 6 months early.
I know all parents say this, but my little girl is EXTREMELY social, very outgoing and always wanting to learn. I want to feed that and right now she is the oldest one in her "daycare" and has taken on a bit of a BULLY role.
I can appreciate that because I, too, am an oldest child so I know I will never completely get rid of the bossiness but want her to be challenged.
A lot of talk, but in the end, Addison is thrilled and the extra money and extra stop before and after work will be worth it.
** I am not going to lie though and say I am not looking a little forward to the day when they are both in school and this extra $1000 a month could be going to something for fun, lol**

Kirstynn is finally over her cold and has been a pure joy. She is really turning into a full blown toddler and you realize time keeps going faster and faster.... She laughs more and more and is only eating table food. Still taking one bottle of milk but sooner than later I am going to take that away.
I think Thomas is seeing that too because I am still getting the preggo push from both him and Addison. I am standing my ground though.

My new job is very busy and demanding but I feel challenged as well and am enjoying the newness of it all.
I did have 2 of my very good friends put in their 2 weeks this week though to head over to a competitor. That is kind of sad but things are ever evolving and that is what keeps things interesting!