George will start preschool in September and our weekly schedule will change dramatically. At the moment we can stay in our pyjamas until lunch time when we want to and during the summer we had no activities at certain times. From next week we have to leave the house no later than 8:15 in the morning, meaning I can’t stay in bed until the children wake-up between 7:00 and 7:30. Not only do I have to be dressed and make myself look presentable (which takes ages), we all have to have breakfast, brush our teeth and be ready to leave the house on time. I need to write down a morning routine, which I have to go through until things become natural. Otherwise, I already see myself packing his lunch box two minutes after we were meant to leave the house or accidentally leaving one child at home.
Unfortunately, I still don’t have my driving license yet. It is hard to find a driving instructor who offers lesson after 7:30pm during the week or isn’t booked at the weekends yet. George’s preschool is two miles away and as long as I can’t drive, we will have to walk. Getting there won’t be a problem as it’s downhill, but having to push a double buggy with two well-fed children uphill for two miles will be one. I am very glad that both my direct neighbours have each one child that attends the same sessions as George, so they have offered to help with drop-offs and pickups until I have my driving license. I am incredibly lucky to have such amazing neighbours. I knew all my biscuit and cake baking for them will pay off one day.
While I will miss George when he is at preschool Monday and Tuesday from 9am to 3pm as well as Thursday from 9am to noon, I am looking forward to be able to spend more time with Max. At the moment he is always the one who doesn’t get as much attention as he needs and I feel bad about it. I can attend playgroups and other baby friendly activities with him after dropping George off, take him swimming and workout at the gym while he is asleep at the creche for two hours. On Wednesday we won’t be able to rest either. In the morning we go to German Playgroup followed by German Preschool in Knightsbridge for George in the afternoon. We are worried that he stops speaking German as soon as he attends preschool and therefore we have to do everything we can that he continues speaking in German at home. His grandmother will probably pick him up at preschool on Thursdays and he will stay there until Friday evenings. That doesn’t mean that I can be lazy on Fridays though. There are always household chores to do and laundry to wash.
September will bring a lot of changes for all of us. Let’s see how it goes!