Wednesday, September 9, 2009

New Schedules Suck

Do you ever feel like as soon as you have a schedule all worked out it totally gets blown to hell? What am I saying? Of course you do. It comes with the territory. This summer we were in a really great routine. I got up early to get in gear, got some coffee (Mmmm, coffee), and I spent some me time on the computer basking in the glorious quiet of morning. By the time everyone else was up, I was mentally ready to start the day. It was a wonderful time, but now Aaron is in preschool and the schedule is all over the place. I know, he only started last week, give yourself a chance to get into a new routine, blah, blah, blah, but I liked the old routine, no I LOVED the old routine, and I don't do well with change.

With Aaron starting school, I have been bombarded with PTA, Homeroom Parents, fundraisers, etc, and then we also signed him up for soccer which will be taking place every Saturday for the next six weeks. Sunday school starts up this Sunday which we decided to make a real effort to take Aaron to every week and somehow in the midst of it all I got nominated to chair a new mommy group at our church. Me...chair of a mommy group...right. What I am saying is that we went from a family with a pretty laid back schedule, to a completely over-scheduled family almost overnight and I am freaking out just a bit. Ok, a whole, whole lot. From the day that I became a mother I knew that I didn't want our lives to be a constant marathon of places to go, people to see, and obligations out the yin yang, but more and more our front door is becoming a revolving door, and I wish someone would stop this ride because I feel like I am going to barf.

I want to do what is best for my kids and I want them to have full lives with many experiences and friends, but how much is too much? When do you say, "For the sake of our family and of Mommy's mental stability we just can't do anymore!" I feel like we just dug our way out of the baby stage through a mound of poo, spit-up, and drool, and we were just about to start really enjoying the more laid back life of having a toddler and a preschooler when we got hit with this insane schedule. I am using laid back loosely of course because while life with a toddler is still like trying to capture and groom a Tasmanian devil, it's not as bad as trying to do it on little or no sleep as with an infant.

So that's where we stand right now. I would really like to end this post with something funny or wrap it all up in a nice, neat, literary package, but it is already 7:15 AM, I am still in my pajamas, and I need to get Aaron's lunch packed. Damn you new schedule. Damn you all to hell!


Leslie said...

We're in the same boat since Julia started Kindergarten. Last Wednesday, after school, the dentist, homework, and piano practice as I tied her hair up for tumbling class, she started to cry and said, "I didn't even get to play today!" And I wanted to cry along with her. Of course, every day isn't that busy, but nearly. It's hard to find a balance between providing your kids with experiences and opportunities and exhausting them. And us. I just want a day to sleep in. Just one. Now and then. I'd be a much nicer person if I had that.