Last Friday, as the bell rang at school and I gave my son a cuddle and a kiss, he started to get a bit clingy. He had been like this the previous week too, but I didn’t think much of it. All the kids filed into class, and the teacher said, “I was hoping to catch you today. He’s been a bit teary in the morning the last week or so and after morning tea when it’s story time, I see him almost nodding off.”
The end of year exhaustion is hitting my little man pretty hard. It’s not hard to see why. Monday and Thursday he is woken early because he goes to a friend’s place before school and they take him to school for us. Some mornings he is waking up with the sun and the birds (in non-DST-having QLD can be 4:30-5:00) which means he sometimes only gets about 8 or 9 hours sleep. A quick Google tells me kids Nick’s age need 10-12 hours a night. Mondays and Tuesdays we pick up our friend’s son from school, and this week they’ve wanted to go in the pool both days. Thursday they have swimming at school and then after school he has a swimming lesson as well. Saturday mornings he does an hour of gymnastics. It’s no wonder he is exhausted. Did I also mention he’s the absolute youngest in his school? A couple of kids turned 6 before he even turned 5 and he won’t turn 6 until the middle of next year. I think it’s all gotten a little bit too much.
The teacher I spoke with today is not the teacher he’s had all year. She’s doing 3 weeks in the office to fill in for someone else, so this is a new teacher. She seems great, and I’m glad that this has happened, because I’ve been worried about how N will cope with a new room, new teacher and new classmates next year. I’m starting to question if sending him was the right idea. Even though he’s coped well and done great in the classroom all year. I think he is just mentally and physically exhausted. I’ve spoken to other parents who say their kids are the same, so that makes me feel a little better about our situation, knowing he’s not the only one.
If I am honest, I am exhausted, too. I think this Christmas holiday will be good for all of us to recharge our batteries. It will be lovely to have a break from school, training, work (I have just over 2 weeks off in mid Jan and can’t wait!) and not going anywhere will be nice too. I’m very much looking forward to my “staycation” and having days where we just stay home in our pyjamas. I’m looking forward to spending full days with my favourite little guy, swimming, watching movies, going to the park.
There’s less than two weeks left. The big countdown is on!
How have your kids coped this year at school? Are you ready for the holidays?
Linking up with Jess for IBOT, are you?