Okay. Where to start. I realize it has been a long time since my last post. We have had a very eventful summer that happens to also be filled with many changes. Major changes. So, I think I will start at the beginning…
June 20th, while we were visiting with family for Father’s day, my husband and I discovered that we are expecting baby #3! Yes, we are very excited, and it was, for the most part, a planned event. Shortly after our new found news we headed to Myrtle Beach for our family vacation, which I will write a little more about along with pictures at a later date. It was when we arrived back home from vacation that things got crazy.
We arrived home sometime in the afternoon on a Saturday. I think it was July 10th, or somewhere around there. The minute we got home, I went straight to bed. I was very tired from our long drive home. For some reason, when I woke up, I started experiencing the joys of morning sickness like you wouldn’t believe! In fact, my entire month of July, and most of August, were spent this way. I made a trip to the ER one day, and eventually ended up relying on anti-nausea medication to get me through each day. Needless to say, it has been a rough time for our family.
I think I can finally say I am now past the horrible morning sickness part, though I still feel uneasy at times. It was never like this during the other pregnancies. I am certain this will be our last one…LOL! I will be 16 weeks come this Saturday. I really can’t believe how fast the time has actually gone since we first found out. I guess that is what happens when you spend a ton of time in bed. I am doing great, and the baby appears to be healthy at this point. I will have another ultrasound on Sept. 18th, and yes, we will hope to learn if it is a boy or girl..hee…hee! Being that the baby is due on Valentine’s Day, I am taking that as a sign of girl:) We will find out soon enough!
So, that is the first part of our crazy summer. This next part is a very bitter sweet adventure. I have to start by saying that I struggled very hard with the decision. There were a lot of tears, but in the end I feel we made a good decision. I am sure some of you will disagree, but you have to remember that everyone’s life is different and what is right for one family may not be exactly the answer for another.
We decided to let Little R go to kindergarten! Yes, I said “go to.” There were a lot of different things that went into the decision, and to be honest, I feel that it was a very personal decision, therefore I will not go into the details here.
Our original decision to homeschool was centered around the fact that Little R has some life threatening food allergies, and I was never fully comfortable handing him over to a teacher that has many other little ones to take care of, and comfortably expect her to be able to carefully watch my son. One day, after many of the other things started happening in our lives, I had this sort of epiphany and asked myself, “What if?” What if Little R did go to kindergarten. I started weighing the pros and cons. I went to the school and met the principal and the kindergarten teacher. I was so thoroughly impressed, that I couldn’t believe I was so against public school in the first place.
I know this is just the beginning, and I am sure there will be hurdles. But, there are many hurdles in life. I still love working with my children, especially in the classroom setting. I have decided that we will be “after schoolers.” I think children who do well in school away from home are the ones that have a strong foundation for morals and learning at home as well. I am looking at this as an opportunity to guide my son through the multitude of things he will eventually experience. I am starting to realize that there are things in life that I couldn’t provide by keeping him home everyday anyway.
I am not making an argument about public vs. homeschool. I am still very fond of homeschooling. I feel like I have learned a lot along my journeyand have gotten familiar with the intimacies of homeschooling. I am certain that these wonderful attributes will benefit the relationship between me and Little R as I help him along his new path.
What does this mean for my blog? Well, I have decided to keep writing. I thoroughly enjoy writing about our experiences. I enjoy being able to look back and read about things from the past and witnessing how we have grown. I, of course, also love having a place to keep some of our many pictures. I also have some close family and friends who like to read about our learning journey. I will change the name of the blog so that it will no longer suggest we are homeschoolers.
I hope that our new life won’t interfere with those of you who I have gotten to know through homeschool blogging. I still have things to learn from you:)
Wish us luck!