I do take pride in being a parent, I absolutely love it, but it always seems that just when I think I have everything all together, it turns out I am wrong.
Yesterday was a fun day. After work I stopped at Wal-Mart and bought a bunch of things to make Valentine’s day cards and presents with Sawyer. The girls were finally feeling better, and we took the dogs for a nice (cold and snowy) walk. The house even looked good. Then, while the girls were napping and Sawyer was eating I decided to pop on my phone for a minute.
I clicked on Facebook to see a friend updated her status to, ” Can’t believe my little girl registers for school this month, it feels like she was just born”. All of the sudden it hit me. Her daughter is the same age as my son! He is supposed to register for school this month?
I went from feeling great to feeling awful. How could I not know that he was supposed to register this month? Am I a bad mother? Am I so overwhelmed with daily life I didn’t think to check when registration was? What is wrong with me that I am thinking about Valentine’s day and not thinking about important things like school?
So I quickly hopped online to check and it is indeed this month. Since school doesn’t start until September I figured I had more time to worry about looking up registration information. I mean, it is the local public school. Can they really refuse your child if you don’t register in February? What if we didn’t move here until March? In any case, these are questions I don’t want to find out the answers too.
Still, this does worry me a little. As the kids get older am I going to be able to keep up with everything? I feel like I am doing great now, but what happens when they have projects and recitals? I don’t want to be the mom who always forgets everything or is not there for her children.
I suppose it’s always going to be different with Sawyer because he will be the first to do everything. It is always scary venturing into new territory, whereas with the twins it will be easier because I will know what to expect. After three babies I have really got that part down pat, but having a kindergartener is all new, and exciting but also kinda scary.
Sitting here writing this I still don’t know why I didn’t think to check earlier. It’s not like I don’t think about the fact that he will be starting school often. Yes, a have a thousand and one other things to remember from picking up bananas to scheduling the dogs grooming appointments to getting a dress for my friend’s wedding (not to mention my work life to do list) but still I have no excuse. I do always schedule things in my phone so I can remember and I am a big fan of to do list, but I think in this case, I just mis-prioritized because I assumed I had more time.
I suppose I am being a little hard on myself, since my life is full of those moments when you think you’ve got it all figured out only to discover you don’t, I guess I just don’t want this to become a habit. Maybe I am just in denial that my little guy is going to be starting school next year and he won’t be my little baby anymore.
In the end, I called and was able to get the last appointment for February (which luckily was on my day off). I was also able to book a doctor’s appointment for the day prior so that we can make sure he is up to date on all vaccines (we kept forgetting his record book so it needs to be filled out, a requirement). Wish us luck!
Please share in the comments: Have you ever spaced on an important date before? How do you go about ranking your priorities?