Last week should have been a great week. We celebrated Moe's third birthday with a party at Grandma and Grandpa's house, Moe started his new preschool, and I got some of my freedom back. Unfortunately, our sleep issues overshadowed much of that. So while I should have been running up and down the street rejoicing that I can leave the house again, I was so tired I could barely get my butt off the couch.
Still, it was a big week for Moe. He started preschool, and it is going great so far. It is a long day for a little guy, 8:30-2:40, but he's handling it like a champ (though the change in schedule is probably not helping our sleep problems). We adore his teacher, Mrs M, and she and the aides seem to have taken to our little guy right away. Jeff drops him off in the morning and I pick him up, so we're getting a nice routine at home as well. We also get a daily communication log from the teacher with a short note about how the day went. My favorite so far was about playtime with the water table. Apparently, he tried to climb in the water table for a little swim, which everyone thought was very funny.
Having Moe out of the house is a nice break for me. I do miss him, but it is nice to have some time with Jelly Belly. And since I appreciate just being able to get out of the house, even going to the grocery store seems like a real treat. (I'm sure that won't last.) But I am looking forward to signing up for a mommy and me class, and I joined our local YMCA so I can take her swimming and even get some exercise myself (they have childcare - hooray!). In the fall, the mommy friends I met when Moe a baby will start sending their kids to preschool as well, so I'm also looking forward to reconnecting with them and getting our younger babies together for their own playdates.
The big challenge for this week is finalizing our summer schedule. Because of the timing of Moe's birthday, he only gets two weeks of preschool before summer break. Moe qualified for Extended School Year (ESY) services, but that class only runs for four weeks. So we have a five week break at the end of the summer that I need to fill. I'm concerned about not having services for that long because I don't want to lose any progress. Having a break might also make the transition back to school more difficult. All of the private programs I've contacted so far are either full or don't take kids as young as Moe. So I'm at a bit of a loss.
Assuming I can't find a placement for Moe, I'm a little big panicked about what I'm going to do with both kids for that long! I can't take them too many places by myself because Moe will run off. So parks, beaches, museums, zoos and the other great places we have in the area are not possible unless I have help. My wonderful babysitter is traveling for much of that time, so I'm considering hiring some help for those weeks. If I have someone to watch and play with Jelly, I might be able to make it work.