Max just went to bed. (by 9:30! High fives everybody!) He is SO excited to start school tomorrow that he got ready for bed the first time I asked him.
He even took a bath!
However, he is really worried about something.
Yesterday I asked him if he was excited for school to start, and he showed me how excited he was by smiling as big as his face would let him.
Then I gave him the news that caused him to worry.
"Max, I think you're going to miss me while you're at school."
He rolled his eyes.
"In fact, I think you're going to miss me so much that I should probably just come with you."
He shook his head "No Mom, the only grown ups there will be the teachers."
"Oh, I'm sure they won't mind, I'll be very quiet."
"No Mom, there won't be enough chairs there. You won't have a place to sit."
I thought for a moment then said "I know! I can sit on your chair, and you can sit on my lap!"
"No Mom, the chairs are too little!"
"OK, then maybe I can bring one of our folding chairs and just sit next to you."
"NO MOM! You can't come to school with me!"
"Max, I really think that you're going to miss me too much. I need to come with you."
Then he says "You should just drive me to school and drop me off at the front doors with the kids and I will walk in by myself!"
"I don't know," I said "What if I drive you to school, drop you off at the front doors, then park in the parking lot and walk in the school?"
Then he got a little testy.
"Look mom, HERE'S THE DEAL! You will drive me to the school and DROP ME OFF at the front doors, then you will GO HOME!!"
While he was saying this, he waved his arms around kind of like one of those guys who directs the airplanes to the gates. All he needed was the big flashlights. I might have snickered a bit, because really, it was funny.
Then he says "Look, I'm SERIOUS, see, I'm wearing my SERIOUS FACE!"
And he was indeed wearing his serious face, although in my opinion, it looked a little bit more like his "I just smelled something bad face"
"Hmmm" I said "So exactly what do you think I should do when I get home? I'll be there all by myself."
Max told me that I should get some work done.
"No, I think I should probably take a nap."
"Mom!" he said with a big sigh, obviously trying to hide his exasperation "You can't go back to sleep after you drop us off, because then you will just dream about missing me."
So then I asked him if it would be OK if I just stood outside and watched him through the window of his classroom.
I have decided that the only sleep that really counts for me is what I get after 5:00 a.m. My husband, on the other hand, is quite the morning person, he wakes up on his own around 5:00 a.m. and is actually awake! This is a strange phenomenon to me, because my mom raised us to be night owls, she liked to stay up late, and let us stay up late too. I remember one time in high school when on the first day of class one of the teachers had us fill out a "get to know you" questionnaire, then we went around the classroom, and everyone read their papers. One of the questions was "What is your favorite TV show?" Nearly everyone in the class said that M.A.S.H. was their favorite show (one of the local TV stations was airing it about 4 times a day at that time) but I answered "Late night with David Letterman" The teacher looked at me in shock and said "YOU'RE UP THAT LATE???"
Honestly, it didn't seem that strange to me, at that time, Dave came on at midnight, and watching his show was what kept me awake long enough to do my homework.
School started this week for Brielle and Aaron, (who I have decided are not morning people either) (pretty sure it's genetic) (from my side of the family, obviously) The problem is that my alarm goes off at 7:00 a.m. (and again at 7:10. 7:20, 7:30..........) and I wake them up again, and again and again.
It would probably be easier to wake them up if they weren't awake so late at night, however, my husband doesn't get home until nearly 7:00 p.m. and after we eat dinner, watch the current reality show on TV, make the kids do the homework that they didn't seem to remember they had several hours earlier, make lunches for the next day and wrestle Max into his pajamas, it's usually after 11.
Max will be starting kindergarten next week, and get this......................
I SIGNED HIM UP FOR MORNING KINDERGARTEN!!!!!
WHAT WAS I THINKING?????
I had very logical reasons for doing this (I won't go into detail, just be assured that I did) the problem is that he likes to sleep in until 10:00 or later.
School starts at 8:30.
I've had discussions with him about how he needs to go to bed earlier because it will be hard for him to wake up for school if he's up too late and he agrees with me until it's actually time to get the pajamas on.
He is the master of stalling.
So this week, we decided to have him go to bed a little bit earlier each night, to get him used to it before school starts. We had good intentions, but as it's turned out, he's actually ended up going to bed a little bit later each night.
This is going to be a long year.
p.s. I told Max that after taking them to school, I would come home and take a nap. He told me that I couldn't do that, because I would dream about missing him.
Brielle went to girls camp last week. On the last day, they woke the girls up at 2:00 a.m. and they hiked to the top of the mountain to watch the sun rise. Brielle was telling us how cool it was to watch the sun rise from the mountain top when Max said (in his most condescending voice)
"Brielle, the sun doesn't RISE, the earth is SPINNING!!"