The countdown to kindergarten continues: FOUR more days! As we prepare to enter this new phase of family life (the phase where you have to get up early every morning and race out of the house), I am not only thinking of ways to smooth the transition for my oldest daughter—I am also thinking about the impact on my youngest daughter and on myself! My youngest daughter is 2½ years old. I think she will miss her sister during the day. When my oldest was this age (and I was pregnant), we filled our days with arts and crafts, reading, playdates and trips to our subdivision playground. My youngest is such a different kid. Her attention span for arts and crafts and even reading is much less (well, much more normal for her age compared to my über-focussed older child). She is also naturally a much more active and social child.
There are two things that I want for myself out of kindergarten. I want to make more time for activity in my life and I want more time to write for the blog. I’m still not sure how I’m going to accomplish the latter (it may even be a struggle to preserve as much time as I have now!). But, I think I have a wonderful opportunity to increase my activity level and have wonderful special bonding time with my youngest. My plan is to go hiking several times a week immediately after dropping my oldest off at school. We live fairly close to some nice hilly trails and it is a common weekend activity for the whole family to go for a 1½-2 hour long hike. The kids tire out on these long hikes, so they typically get shoulder rides for half of the duration or more, depending on how far we go. I never take both kids on my own because, well, I can only fit one of them on my shoulders at a time. With my oldest in school however, and a long morning to fill with fun, it’s the perfect activity for my youngest and me to do! I even plan on dusting off my Ergo Baby Carrier (best baby carrier ever! I highly recommend it!) so that my daughter can ride on my back instead of my shoulders (plus the pocket will allow me to bring a snack for her and give me a place to stash my keys). I’m really looking forward to it. Here’s hoping the weather cooperates!