During recent conversations with moms at gymnastics and from school, I've been asked if it is crazy having three kids in the same grade. I usually nod. I sometimes think it is but how can I really judge when I've always only had three the same age. I don't know any different.
The school thing can be tricky but would it be any less difficult if they were in three separate grades? I'm imaging that three different drop off and pick up times or two of the same time but at different locations would be taxing compared to what we have now. Now it's simple. With the girls older, I sometimes think that having three the same age is easier.
What I'm struggling with right now is the fact that, as a family, our routine has been a bit up in the air. Rich is at home but he's studying for the CPA exam so he's not really "at home" full time. Grammy has been coming over a few days a week to watch the girls so Rich can spend time at the library studying. While the girls usually do not have homework, they do bring home a slew of papers each week, some of which should be completed at home but not returned to school. When you have three different adults handling paperwork, it needs to be very organized and right now, to me, it's not. We need a better system. While not that big of a deal right, it will be in the coming years when the girls have more homework.
Friday, the girls brought home notices regarding scheduling parent/teacher conferences. We were given the choice between two dates and either morning or afternoon and the notices were supposed to be returned yesterday or today. There are always those "we can't please everyone" and "first come, first serve" lines that make me nervous considering that we need to meet with three different teachers, two reading specialists, Anna's OT and PT and Anna's IEP coordinator, who is also her reading specialist (so that should help.) I had the sheets filled out and ready to go the other night but I didn't place them in the girls' folders because sometimes they like to pull things out of their backpacks so it's best to place important items in there as we are packing up their snacks. I screwed up because in my mind, I thought Rich was bringing the girls to school and I was going to remind him to include the notices in the folders. I forgot to say anything yesterday morning and Rich went off to library while Grammy brought the girls to school and now I'm overreacting and assuming that we won't receive the dates/times we requested, which will mean more moving schedules around. (I know. It's the end of the world!)
Honestly, if I think about the future, I can't imagine myself and Rich both working jobs that require overtime in Boston. I know that other families have this arrangement and they survive but what about their sanity? I don't know about you but I can't remember anything anymore unless it's written on a list. And I don't lose the list. I can't remember what I wore to work last week unless I haven't done my laundry and it's in the hamper.
We've talked about placing the girls in the same classroom at some point, when socializing is less of a focus. Rich suggesting doing so next year for first grade and I'm leaning in that direction as well. It will be interesting to hear what their teachers think and to see how the remainder of the school year goes.