We finished school today! We are now officially on summer break. Feels SO good. I was really hoping to move to a year-round model (with maybe a month off for summer and Christmas, and lots of breaks scattered throughout the year), but it doesn’t make sense to school through a summer with brand new babies, does it?
Instead, I’m creating a summer learning chart to keep everyone on a light track: math, quiet reading hour, piano practice for the girls, and quick-and-dirty phonics practice for Snap. I’m hoping this will keep everyone’s brains from melting over the summer (or are my kids the only ones who ask for waaaaay too much screen time during summer break?) and will facilitate a smooth transition in the fall. We’ll see how it goes.
I’m 31 weeks along and measuring 39. There’s already six pounds of baby in there, believe it or not! (My back can believe it- it huuuuurts). I went to the doctor yesterday and found out that both babies are head down (Hooray! Think they’ll stay that way?) and everything looks good.
I am, however, teetering on the edge of bedrest because my contractions are constant and have booted up intensity-wise. So far, though, so good. I do think I was freaked out enough by the real prospect of bedrest to start taking everybody’s advice to heart, and stop working on projects around the house. Sigh.
My #1 project, of course, is getting these boys big enough to be delivered without having to pay a visit to the NICU. Doc says that will only happen if I rest way more than I think I need to. No more sorting and arranging bedrooms, bins and bookcases. And I promise I won’t do what I did last time and go all hog-wild on the chandeliers and light fixtures. (My husband is about to chain me to the couch, anyway, so trust me when I say I’m really waving the white flag of surrender.)
Prim wants me to thank you all for your help with her math assignment. She also wants you to know that eggs won by a landslide! Here’s how it all broke down:
If my own experience with pregnancy and new ones is similar to what yours will be, I’d say go with what you have while you can, if you can. Try it out and see if you can do it for a while, or keep it on hand if you end up having the oomph for it later.
Honestly, I’d say if you get in math, the reading hour, the things the kids can do themselves, and the classes others are doing for you, you will have a strong year.
For the things you have planned to do one-on-one, I might try setting some goal like 15-20 minutes per day with each to touch bases and just pick one thing that most needs to be done (even if that’s just conversation some days or checking up on independent work). Or, give each child a day of the week for 30-45 minutes of one-on-one lessons. I’d pick one area you think each child needs most to grow in this year and focus on that.
You’re probably going to have to go by feel. I think it’s good to have what you listed out as available options, but I’d probably let spelling and writing go first. And don’t feel bad if there are math + audio book days. Remind yourself of the big overall picture and not the snapshot of particular days.
Praying is essential! Don’t let that one drop if you can manage it at all.
And take care of yourself, because taking care of yourself is how you are taking care of those precious little ones – and not just the ones in your womb. Praying, Bible reading, church/mass are all essential ingredients in taking care of yourself, as well as eating well.
You’ll all be fine! Trust God and He will carry you all through, even though you may look back in another two years and not be exactly sure how it all happened. It looks like a muddle when you’re in the middle, but it’s ok.
Curls! And crayons. Anytime, anywhere- give that girl some crayons and she will be happy as can be. This week she discovered bath crayons. Delight!