There has defiantly been some adjustments and some things that we are still trying to work out. One of them being the best routine for sleep – making sure he is getting enough sleep but still trying to keep our pattern of routine going.
Our routine took YEARS to perfect for P. To say it nicely – he was a horrible sleeper – still can be. He did not start sleeping for more then 2 hours at a time until he was 2 years old and not solidly through the night until almost 3 years old. Yeah, a year and a half ago. So you can see why I was a bit (yeah, more like freaking out) nervous about this whole new chapter of parenting.
Anywhooo – when we went for orientation for the school and got all the info on the snack breaks and stuff way back in the summer I was thrilled to see the snack & lunch times were just off by half an hour – earlier. Easy for me to slowly switch. So over the summer that is what i did.
Another change that happened just before school was my husband began a new position at work – different hours and more responsibility. With this change – although creates a lot more work for myself now that husband is not home when the kids are awake - it gives me more leeway as far as dinner and bedtime goes. We used to eat at 7pm when husband got home & then the kids were bathed and in bed by 8:30.
With P waking up at 7am and being at school all day – learning French – that was proving to be not enough sleep for him (dude was grumpy!) and his expanding brain. I have been moving his bedtime back a half hour at a time until we find that perfect balance for him. Still ongoing.
The other struggle we have been having is getting him to eat his lunches at school. He is a slow eater and being on the gluten free and lactose free diet on it’s own can be challenging – add on top of that a school that has a nut free policy – I have had to experiment a bit with what to put in his lunch. One huge thing i did learn though is he has a soy intolerance – reacts to it the exact way he reacts to lactose. He is doing so much better with the lunches once I started sending him with sandwiches (using Kinnikinnick bread) so he could have the same lunches as his friends.
I am thrilled with his enjoyment of it – he looks forward to it so much which makes getting up early so much easier for me.
Oh – and get this lovelies — P already has a girlfriend and has informed me he is going to marry her & that she is the second most beautiful girl in the world (second to his sister R).
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