Five kids are back in school.
One is not.
This is the first time since March 2000 that I have had only one child at home with me all day.
It is also the first time Cuckoo has been the only child at home all day since the day of his birth.
We have a few kinks to work out.
The boy has not left my side. And I don't mean he's constantly next to me. I mean he has actually been touching, sitting, lying, or in some way attached to my side from the moment he gets up until the moment we pick up the big kids.
I am only exaggerating a little bit. During physical therapy, while I am on the table doing exercises or getting my knee massaged, he is flat out on top of me.
I can't get anything done. And by anything I mean blog reading and writing, but also all of this computer stuff I have to do. Because I opened my mouth and agreed to be PTO secretary, communications person for Phoenix's soccer team, and room parent for Star's class.
When the big kids and/or Turken were home, I could do these things without a problem. However, with no one but me home to play with, listen to, and bear the brunt of amusing Cuckoo, it's darn near impossible.
One morning, he decided to play with Kinex. One would think it would be a prime opportunity for me to sit at the computer and focus. One would be wrong. Each time he made something, I was supposed to guess what the thing was.
I had conversations like this one for an hour:
Cuckoo: Guess what this is.
Me: A sword.
C: Nope, a sign. How did you think it was a sword? Swords don't have these on the top.
Me: I thought that was the handle.
C: OK, now guess again.
Me: I don't have to guess. You already told me what it is.
C: Guess again. Just forget that you know.
Me: I know my memory is bad, but I cannot not remember that it is a sign.
C: OK, I'll do another.
C (5 seconds later, holding the exact same thing): OK, what is this?
Me: A sign.
C: Yeah! You're right! You get a prize!
I accumulated many prizes in that hour. Here is a sampling:
I am not going to complain about all of this one-on-one time. We are getting to do some fun things, seeing as we have hours and hours of not having to pick up or drop off a kid or four. I am savoring most of these minutes, as I know I won't have this much time with him ever again once he starts big kid school. (We don't know when that will be, seeing as how our school got rid of the half-day kindergarten option. I may be homeschooling kindergarten.)
I am simply letting you all know why I can't get any posts written and why I'm barely reading anything either. It has taken me 3 days to write this one itty-bitty post. (One may ask, "Well, why can't you get this stuff done after the kids get home?" One would be in danger of getting punched for asking such a question. Homework and dinner and driving and talking and more talking and feeding with each wave of children and the spouse that walks through the door aaaaalll the way up until my bedtime would be the answer.)
I pray you are all doing well. Cuckoo starts preschool the day after Labor Day. I'll catch up with you then.
Have a lovely day!