Remember when your baby was first born? Remember all the feelings, the frustrations and the questions? Remember looking at them in disbelief that you MADE that little being? Well, I’m here to tell you that six and a half years later, it’s much of the same but DEFINITELY different.
So I thought it would be fun to give you an update on what it’s like to be parent a kindergarten boy. 🙂
E (my internet name for him) was the original inspiration behind this little space here on the interwebs. My journey was different than many. In that I wasn’t looking to be a mom and I went through depression BEFORE he came into my world. I just didn’t have any idea what life would be like and it scared me…tremendously. I talked about it a lot in the early days of the blog.
When he blessed us in October of 2010, life changed forever. We went through colic, RSV, 3 trips to the ER, clinical sleep training and one surgery…all in the first two years of his life but we made it through.
Now, looking at this BOY, I can’t believe I am his mom. He’s into everything sports (soccer, tennis, basketball and baseball). He is interested in more math based things than reading although he does love for me to read to him. He loves LEGOs, architecture and Minecraft.
He loves school and has found himself a nice little pack of friends.
He’s still struggling to learn to tie his shoes but it doesn’t matter anyway because he wears them down so quickly that I’ve just been going back to velcro.
He’s respectful (most of the time) and follows directions well. He’s plugged in to people’s feelings too. He senses when work is stressing me out and he asks me about it. We talk. I try to explain and he listens. One day as I was dropping him off at school one morning, he said in the most lovingly way possible that he hoped I had “a perfectly boring day”. I love him so much!
As his mom, my worries have shifted to things like…
- Is he keeping up with the class and what he’s learning?
- Is he being kind?
- How can I teach him to be grateful?
- Why does he watch people playing Minecraft? I don’t get it.
We just wrapped up a screen free week at our house and it was great! We spent a lot of time together. Yes, it was exhausting but WELL worth it. All the technogadgets will make their way into our lives again but he really enjoyed just having music on in the house.
I love that he understands my need to stay active now. In the early days, I would have to sneak out to get my workouts in and I would almost always come home to a screaming kid. I love that he’s a mama’s boy but at this age, independence is so sweet (for me and him).
This kid continues to be a blessing. As the demands of work, and parenting continue to get gradually more nerve racking, I know that as long as this kid is asking me to “cuddle him”, I know we will all make it through.
Because if you don’t have love, what do you have?