First Day of School

Wait, what? First day of school? Yep. That’s right. First day of school. Today. October 22, 2012 is the first day of school for our baby.

Suffice it to say that things did not unfold accordingly to plan, but few things do, we’re learning, when you have five kids. Even so, it’d be a while before Luke went to any type of daycare. Our oldest didn’t go till she was three. Same with the triplets. And the same was to be true of Luke, too.

Until…

we lost the help we had. Only that happened back in May and we certainly didn’t think back then that losing Miss J. (she moved to another state) would necessitate Luke going to school early. But we also never thought we’d have such a hard time finding someone else to help. But the summer came and went and we were still without any help — just the two of us to negotiate the crazy schedules of an 11 year old, three 4 year olds and an infant.

Still, we’d figure it out, we thought. We’d get by. We always do.

But this time wasn’t like always. Two months into the school year, and we’ve still not found our rhythm and the days were becoming increasingly difficult. I won’t bother you with all the details as to why that’s the case. Goodness knows that anyone with a child can appreciate how tough the logistics can be. So suffice it to say that my wife and I were having a hard time getting everything done. In fact, we weren’t getting everything done. So something had to give.

Part of it’s our fault; how we’ve not already found someone to help us out — five full months after Miss J moved — is beyond me. But at this point, it just is what it is and a decision had to be made and my wife stepped up and made it. Luke’s going to preschool two days a week and today was his first day.

We were lucky there were still spots at this particular place. It’s a wonderful, highly regarded facility and Caroline was worried that we’d be shut out. Thank goodness that wasn’t the case. Or so Caroline thought till she dropped Luke off this morning.

Because I think it was harder for her than she realized it was going to be.

And the reason why I think it was so difficult was because, again, she — we — never dreamed we’d be sending Luke to daycare so early.

But we also never thought we’d have triplets. And also weren’t expecting Luke, who was a wonderful surprise. I mean, truly, if you told us on the day we got married — just six years ago, that we’d have five children, neither of us would have believed you. Because that certainly wasn’t the plan.

But life happens, then the ones who live it adjust. And our crazy family life has called for plenty of adjustments — Luke going to preschool earlier than we’d initially though being just one of them. And, as crazy as it is, we’d (obviously) not change a single thing.

I mean, the only predictable thing about us is that we’re unpredictable.

And I think it kinda suits us.

Have you made an adjustment you didn’t see coming just so you could get it all done?

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