I have a friend whose son is 5 months. She was advised/scolded by another mom that she should have had her son on a waiting list for a good preschool before he was born. (Added note: the preschool applications that she is filling out require her baby to have a …. get this …. email address. Not hers, but one for the baby. So her proverbial baby has its own email. And it’s not even born yet. Weird right??) She freaked out and got on the applications right away.
I sat back and thought: she’s overreacting. Even A is a little young for preschool. There’s time. She lives in downtown Austin and is probably sending her kid to some fancy prep school. We live outside town and plan on sending A to our church preschool when the time comes. I’m really active in church. They all know me. We are a shoe in. Again, no rush.
Apparently, maybe there is a rush.
See, I toyed with the idea of putting A in preschool 2 days a week when the baby comes. He’s such an active baby that I thought he wouldn’t be satisfied with sitting at home all day with nothing to do but watch me nurse. I mean, his first words to me in the morning when he gets up are: “Mama car? Go now?” Plus, I would get some one on one bonding time with the baby.
I go to a bible study on Tuesday mornings at church and A hangs out with the 2 year old class already and he loves it! It would hardly be a transition at all. But our preschool goes on the school schedule of September to December semester and January to May semester. I would have to put him in school in January in order for him to be able to go by the time the baby came.
I inquired about putting in A in school 2 days a week from 9-2 with the preschool director and she told me that I had to fill out an application and they would put me on the list. Me? What?? But, but… didn’t they know who I was??
After I got over my initial shock, I got an application and filled it out. It wasn’t much. Like I said, our church preschool is fantastic. I love it. I just didn’t think that I would be on the waiting list. I mean, these ladies have been waiting to get their hands on A for forever. They don’t even accept kids till they are two and they are willing to bend the rules b/c the love A so much. But apparently other people, a lot in fact, also think it’s really great.
Thus the waiting list.
The kicker after all this? B and I have decided 99.9% that we are not going to send A to preschool next semester. I just kept going back to this feeling I had: we only have so many months left, just him and I. Do I really want to waste January to April with him gone? I know it’s only 2 days a week. But I think that I would really, really miss him. Another caveat is that I would love to take those months to introduce potty training to A. IT would be really really nice if he was potty trained by the time BK2.0 came.
Are we going to put him in preschool in the Fall? You betcha.
But right now? I’m just going to enjoy the time we have left it just the two of us.
What’s your preschool situation like?