When chatting with Jason the other day, it occurred to me, that with the passing of Siella’s birthday, we will have children ages 2, 4, and 6, for the next two months. These even numbers will change come end of August, when Ryder turns seven years old, but just thinking about makes me realize how blessed we are to have three beautiful children, so close in age. I’ve never given the age gap of children much thought, until we were thinking of having another child, after Ryder.
As close as they are in age, it still seems so far apart, with Ryder getting ready to enter second grade, Siella in Pre K, and Gemma into pre-pre school. (That’s three children in three different schools for next year!) When you’re are a child, a year feels like it lasts an eternity, but then, all of a sudden, you’re older, and it doesn’t matter. Jason and I are seven years apart, and we hardly notice, except when he bust out random tunes from a band that no longer exist.
While, I am excited to have Ryder virtually schedule and commitment free this summer, I’d be lying if I said that I am not sad to see first grade coming to an end. In fact, I’m in a total puddle, and I was even emotional walking him to school, this morning. Tomorrow is officially the last day, but the day consists of the class hosting a little party 2 hour party for the family, and then 1st grade is done. He seems to be excited to finish the year, and we could not be more proud of him. He has come a long way since September, and I’m extremely confident that if we keep continuing with our regiment of tutors and eye therapy, everything will be ok.
Siella has been out of school since Memorial Day, so she has already adjusted to the carefree schedule, but I think she is going to be happy to have her big bro home, with her all day. Of course, with the usual anticipated sibling bickering, not everyday is going to be smooth, but it will be great for them to spend some quality time together.
This year, Gemma was home without siblings most of the year, so her adjustment will the biggest. That said, I can already sense that she’s been super excited to have her big sis as a playmate, over the past few weeks. Plus, with all the time she shares with the big kids, her manners and vocabulary grow by the day, which has definitely been more rapid development than when her siblings were her age.
I know these moments will quickly pass us by, and want to be present for all of it. I plan to change my schedule around so I can hold on to these special two months as tight as I can, because these are when the kids will hopefully make some wonderful memories that remain with them for a lifetime. Parenting is a time warp, and I don’t want to miss a beat.
Here’s to my 2, 4, and 6 year olds….