Preschool decision? Made!
Potty training this summer? Done!
Two big-ish things off my plate, and it feels darn good. We got kind of a late start with the potty training thing, mainly (in my opinion) because I'm not a stay-at-home mom, and both I and K's daycare provider last year were quite laissez-faire about the whole thing. It's hard to try to do one thing at home, and not have it reinforced at daycare. But really, I don't think she was all that ready before June rolled around, to be honest. We pretty much started the potty training gig as soon as school let out in late May, and I'd say she's probably 95 percent there. She wears undies exclusively at home, sometimes a Pull-Up at night, and sometimes (if she'd had an accident recently) a Pull-Up when we went out, just for insurance purposes. This whole growing up thing is kind of blowing my mind lately...but it's still all good. Things are happening just the way they're supposed to.
I decided on the preschool program that is right across the street from my school, and we paid the registration fee yesterday. The last one we visited, a church-based daycare/preschool, would have been a good second choice, but it was definitely bigger than the one we chose (infants all the way through school-age) and LOUDER too! Those little three year old boys (and I'm sure some girls too, though I didn't notice them) were rambunctious!! Turns out, it wasn't as inexpensive as I thought--it was a misprint on the website AND in the brochure...should have read ages 4-5 instead of 3-5. But I really liked the people and the classrooms, and we even met a few little girls that the tour-giver thought might be good friends for K. It was so sweet! The preschool we chose has a fabulous playground, and since yesterday I've been talking it up to Miss K, telling her all about the fun she's going to have, the new things she's going to learn, and the new friends she's going to make. I think she might even be halfway buying it...maybe. She was intrigued yesterday by the fact that I was able to point to my school from the parking lot of "her" school...she can see that it's really close, and she comes to my school all the time, so I think that's at least a little bit reassuring. This preschool is only $10 per week more expensive than the church-based one, $45 per week more than what I was paying last year, and we'll definitely make it work. I'm getting excited, and it's great to know where she's going to be next year...finally!
So jeez. I have less than a month to go (I go back on August 12th for "teacher stuff", then the kids have their first day on August 19th. We still have to go camping, ride a new train in Cripple Creek (a small town quite close to us), finish sewing projects (the sewing bug hit me this summer HARD), finish reading a few school books and a few leisure books, keep going with swim lessons (another one this afternoon), continue working on my classroom--yes, I've already started!--continue gardening (new grass and flowers this summer!), and get the house in shape for a new school year. I think I have plenty to keep us busy! :)
The last truly big decision I have to make is what to do once my cycle starts up again, in a matter of days. My RE said to just give him a call once it starts, and we'll go from there. My friend Jennifer, who is a few years younger than I, had her baby girl in January via embryo adoption, and couldn't be happier. In the months leading up to her embryo transfer, she and I both agreed that we have been praying for one of two things to happen: either we actually get pregnant, or we find a way to be content with not having another child, and to be content with the family we have. I don't know if this is God's influence or what, but lately I've been feeling a little more okay (MAYBE) with us being a mother-and-daughter family, small as it is. I'm really starting to question whether I want to put forth the expense, the emotional investment, and the heartache into trying yet one more time, especially at my age. The jury is still out...I'm still leaning towards trying once again. But it kind of depends on the day...no clear-cut answer yet. I better keep praying. :)