Looming.
April 27, 2012

On Wednesday night, I attended the orientation meeting for the French immersion preschool that we enrolled Charlotte in for the fall.  And OH.MY.WORD., parenting is suddenly about to become five million times more complicated.

Earthquake kits!  EARTHQUAKE KITS!  With two full days of nourishment.  and clothing suitable for a variety of weather and water.

And lunch boxes!  And packing suitable morning snacks and lunch foods in toddler-appropriate portions.  And teaching her that she doesn’t have any other choices, that this is it.  And figuring out how to pack soups on cold days in a thermos so that they are not too cold and not too hot when lunchtime comes around.

And volunteer days!  And parent meetings!  And getting a copy of her immunization record and her birth certificate!  AND AND AND AND AND!

Suddenly motherhood has deadlines and tardy infraction notices and co-op duties and I just feel so unbelievably overwhelmed by it all.  I keep thinking back to those early days with Charlotte, how I thought that NOTHING could POSSIBLY be more stressful than jaundice and sore nipples.

That poor, lost little girl.  I wish I could tell her that breastfeeding was the least of her problems.  She’s going to have to start getting her kid out the door by 6:40 A.M. sharp twice a week in August.  TAKE THAT FOR STRESSFUL.

(Ye working parents who have been dealing with daycare and spare changes of clothing and getting your kid ready by EARLY THE FUCK A.M., you are my heroes.)

In true dork fashion, I spent ALL of Charlotte’s “quiet time” (code for “I don’t give a rat’s ass if you skip your nap, just please for the love of all that is holy at least hang out in the bedroom for forty-five minutes and PRETEND TO PLAY QUIETLY so that Momma can sleep, capiche?”) googling lunch boxes and earthquake kits and how to vacuum seal meals and how to use an ice pack to keep cold foods cold.

How can she possibly have grown up so quickly?  Yesterday I was snapping a picture of her first budding tooth and tomorrow I’m going to fork over a copy of her birth certificate, tuition, and learn to pack a lunch box.  A part of me wants to prance around beaming because WE MADE IT, PRESCHOOL, HURRAY! and another part of me wants to cry.

*** I planned to begin the features of shops that will be supporting Jordin’s Journey with a percentage of their profits today…but something came up this week that put blogging on the back burner.  Or, rather, took blogging off the stove top altogether to just sort of chill on a nearby counter.  So I’ll post the first feature on Monday instead.  Jordin’s Journey is now up to $8,078, which is about 27% of their goal.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed thus far.  THANK YOU!

** Charlotte is two years and nine months old.  I am twelve weeks pregnant.


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  1. By on April 27, 2012

    I on e read/heard about one school that asked each parent to include a letter to the child in the emergency kit. Basically something they could read to them if something happened to give them comfort/ let them know you are thinking of them and everything will be OK. Might be something to consider or suggest to the school.

  2. By Jadzia@Toddlerisms on April 27, 2012

    I think it is so wonderful that you are putting her in an immersion program.  She’ll thank you later when she’s bilingual!

  3. By on April 27, 2012

    This post cracked me up. As a full-time working mommy that puts her son in daycare five days a week (and packs all his food each day because I refust to let him eat the processed crap they serve at daycare), I’ll let you in on a little secret. We’re never on time, ever. (Afterall, your “I DO IT! son must take 20 minutes putting his pants on and then decides he needs to poop before you leave. Then you’ll forget to include in the lunch bag, the soynut butter sandwich you lovinly prepared the nigth before, so he ends up eating the processed crap anyway. Sigh.) But really, as long as you accept you’re never going to be on time to anything ever again, it’s not so bad! :o) (Yes I have a very forgiving, understanding boss.)

    Just FYI - I really like the stainless steel Foogo Thermos for packing hots/colds and the stainless steel Lunchbots for packing the rest of the food. No plastics! safamama.com has GREAT reviews on all kinds of options for what to use for packing food - among other things.

  4. By on April 27, 2012

    It sounds like this will be an experience for you and Charlotte! The first few weeks may be a little difficult, but there after it will become more routine and easier. I am interested in how the immersions preschool works out. I’m looking forward to updates!!!

  5. By CrysHouse on April 27, 2012

    I don’t know if this matters, but I love my Bento Box.  I got it from Laptop Lunches, and I would imagine it would be really easy to pack a toddler-friendly lunch in there?

    (I’m not sure it will meet any of your earthquake survival needs…)

  6. By elizabeth Mackey on April 27, 2012

    I feel like it was yesterday that I brought my youngest home from the hospital, and now my 22 year old daughter is about to leave the nest.

    Get ready for some real fun and games when school rolls around :( Elementary school is not bad, it is middle school that makes me cringe. If you survive middle school, then high school is’t so bad either.

  7. By on April 27, 2012

    I feel for you on the overwhelmingness of planning for preschool, but I’m also SO EXCITED for you!

    Do you use Zulily?  If you haven’t heard of it, it’s discount shopping site that runs specials on different brands for a limited number of products & days.  You have to be a member, but it’s free.  They’re running a sale on the brand Kids Konserve which has a bunch of waste-free items for lunches.  I’ve also seen some good stuff (bpa free, not expensive) on reuseit.com

    Here’s the link to the Zulily sale if you’re interested: http://www.zulily.com/e/kids-konserve-042712.html?pos=10

  8. By Sarah S on April 27, 2012

    I so remember that feeling! They seem so big and all the extra “stuff” that is involved. I have to admit though that I have almost completely given up on lunch boxes and I really hope my parenting is not judged by what is in them because between picky kids and busy schedules they each get yogurt, a granola bar and some dried fruit EVERY SINGLE DAY and we don’t even have to leave nearly as early at 6:40.

    We are also HUGE fans of quiet time. an hour alone in their rooms in the middle of the day always helped mellow my kids out and, in the long run, made them better at finding activities on their own.

  9. By Erin B. on April 27, 2012

    Oh this post is funny. Mainly the “(Ye working parents who have been dealing with daycare and spare changes of clothing and getting your kid ready by EARLY THE FUCK A.M., you are my heroes.)“ Made me laugh out loud - seriously. I have a 5 month old and when it came time to go back to work - I was starting my morning at 5am. I am NOT a morning person. This has shifting to waking up around 5:30/5:45 and running slightly behind in the mornings - but whatever.

    On a side note, if you’re ever interested in some great lunch totes - I sell for a company call Thirty-One - you can check out my website at http://www.mythirtyone.com/erinbaum if interested. Just thought I’d throw that out there. No harm no foul if you never take a look-c! :-)

    Love your blog! Thanks for sharing and CONGRATS ON THE PREGNANCY. I’m praying for you.

  10. By Katelyn on April 27, 2012

    EARTHQUAKE KITS!!!=why I don’t live in CA :)  How fun, but seriously, 6:40 am?  I have to be at work by 7:30 and I thought that was bad….good luck!!!  Bentos are a totally cool lunch idea and Brooklyn loves it…I’ll link you on FB

  11. By missjoules on April 28, 2012

    Have you seen these lunch boxes? They’re a little costly but should last for EVER. http://www.planetbox.com/index.html

    I also think that poor Charlotte has to get out of the house WAY too early! Best of luck to you! It’s bad enough around here when Bobs decides 6 is a good time to wake up, and we don’t have to go anywhere. Most days the kid stays in his jammies until after his first nap >_>

  12. By Sarah Christensen on April 28, 2012

    Thanks for all the ideas, everyone!  I think right now we’re thinking about a PlanetBox and either a Lunchbots or Foogo thermos.  We’ve also been looking at some of the Kids Konserve containers or at cloth snack bags for morning snacks.

  13. By Sarah Christensen on April 28, 2012

    (For the earthquake kits, we’re making meals and vacuum sealing them at home so that if something happened she could have food she’s familiar with.  We’ll also hit up the military supply store and buy a couple calorie dense bars and we have an emergency plan in action.  The preschool is within walking or cycling distance, so if there ever is an emergency I’ll be able to follow a route to get there within a couple hours if roads are out.

    To be frank, despite our area’s history of earthquakes and our proximity to major fault lines, earthquakes are not something that particularly concerns me.  I find the idea of packing a kit more stressful than actual earthquakes.  The preschool facility is earthquake fit; I’d be really surprised if something were to happen that actually necessitated the use of earthquake kits.

  14. By Taryn on May 01, 2012

    When I first read this post, I was all “what! you feed your kid seal meat?!?!“ Then I realized that of course vacuuming the meat first made no sense so I read it again. Now I see. Hehe :)


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