Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Losing My Baby..

Baby Jack 11 months old, still no teeth.
Well he's not a baby, he's 4 1/2 but he will always be my baby, my first born, my practice child as some say.
I had a great plan that next year Jack would go to preschool 2-3 days a week, get him used to being away from me and James all day and get used to other kids etc, and the year after he would be off to school.
BUT as he is 4 and will turn 5 before May if he goes to preschool next year and school the year after they will automatically put him straight into year 1, he will completely miss the first year of school, I can't imagine not going to the first year of school and having to somehow fit into year 1 with a bunch of kids that have already been at school for 12 months, I wouldn't do it to him, so next year my little boy is going to big school with no prior preparation, no days away from mum, nothing.
I am so unimpressed.
I blame Queensland, I know in NSW as long as your child starts school before they turn 6 (Jack would have turned 6 three months after school started) then that's fine.
I didn't want to have to be the youngest in the class, I wanted him to have a little bit more life experience up his sleeve before starting big school, and I know I sound like a whiny parent but I can't help it. I know he will do fine, he's not silly he had the alphabet figured out before he turned 3, can write his own name, can count to god knows how many, knows his colours, knows how things work, knows the birds and the bees story, knows where babies come from, knows the correct name of body parts, can ride a bike, can talk your ear off about everything and nothing. Oh I could go on and on! i know it will be me in tears not him, and I know I am the unprepared one, not him, and I know he will thrive at school, but I'm going to miss him terribly!
My cutie pie 13 months old.
Can you say chubba bubba?!
After he discovered he had legs and started to lose the baby fat.
The start of things to come, helping dad in the yard, a favorite pastime for both of them. My big boy on his 4th Birthday, I cant believe he might be at school for his next birthday! Soon I will have to start looking at school bags, lunch boxes, school shoes, appropriate hats, vinyl labels so he doesn't lose everything, school uniforms, augh!
I wonder if home schooling is totally out of the question ; )

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