Gus started kindergarten yesterday! I was afraid that he would be a nervous wreck and wouldn't get on the bus when it came and would cry, but he was 100% a-ok and hopped right on with our neighbors and off he went. He was actually really excited and asked if we could go to the bus stop when he got up (and came down fully dressed) at 7am. So once we got first day photos done and got him safely on the bus, Greta and I set off for home. At then it got a little weird.
Here's the thing: I haven't been alone with a 2 1/2-year-old since Gus was that age, and that's when we had Greta. I don't remember how to interact with a small person without having a larger person there talking and helping out. I didn't realize how much Gus does around here until he was gone all day long! I didn't realize how much Greta still needs help with some things because he always gets to it first. He's trained in helping out and cleaning up....her not so much.
So now I'll have some time to teach her the things that Gus usually takes over. This morning I asked her to go get me the kitchen towels to put in the laundry, and she had no idea what I was talking about, so I had to show her what to do. She's so used to following him that it seems like she knows more than she does. I'm just hoping she doesn't get bored without him home. She's never not had him around, and she's never not been busy because he's gotten busier with friends and activities as he's gotten older. She's always along for the ride.
I also realized that I'm going to have some more quiet time, and even more when Greta starts back at preschool next week (she is so flipping excited- she doesn't understand why she can't go NOW). One thing Gus does not have is the ability to play by himself for very long. He needs someone to play with, or he likes to play right near someone. But Greta will disappear up in one of their rooms and play happily for a long time. I got a lot of work done yesterday, which is good because I have a lot of shows coming up this season. I cleaned up my office in order to try and get some new projects started, and I cut into some new fabric for scarves.