It feels like the other two started school ages ago. Poor Baby Ike was our holdout. His school started today.
After much back and forth and forth and back, I decided to enroll him in the school's full day option. He's not napping at home now that the crib's gone and my new job very much requires me to be working during those precious hours. He'll go to the "nap room" at school after lunch for some quiet/down time (GOOD LUCK WITH THAT, SCHOOL) and I'll pick him up in the afternoon, just before his brothers get home on the bus.
I'm sure he'll be fine. But still. It's a lot of time away from him.
And I won't have anyone to eat lunch with anymore. Boo.
Speaking of lunches, three feels like a hell of a lot of lunches to pack. Good God. Is this life now? Every day? With the feeding and the coordinating?
Here's what we're dealing with:
Ike's school is nut free, Noah and Ezra's is not (unbelievable, but I'm not complaining). Ike's school provides free milk and a morning snack, Noah and Ezra both require beverages AND a separate snack for the classroom since lunch is super early for kindergarten and on the late side for 3rd grade. The school-provided lunch options are apparently unacceptable and neither Noah nor Ezra will even consider buying instead of bringing from home. And then Noah hates getting fruits or vegetables or dinner leftovers, but that's pretty much all Ezra wants, and Ike falls somewhere in the middle on the picky scale, oh my freaking God.
I got a lot of requests for a lunchbox ideas post on Facebook and Instagram, which...sure! Just as long as you're not expecting some adorable painstaking bento box food p0rn bullshit. My kids want PB&Js (or sunbutter&Js) and pasta that comes out of a can. Anything else I can think to pack is a bonus, but the bar is admittedly pretty low. I'll see what I can come up with. We do have some good snack recipes we make in bulk and freeze, and I have a sponsored post coming up that I think (hope) you'll all dig. But I probably scramble around the kitchen for boring basics, boxed snacks and leftovers just like most people.
(Boxes are all from Amazon, since I also saw that question a lot. They ARE pretty great. I love not having to pack a million separate bags/containers for everything. These keep everything nicely separate and non-smushed, and seem easier for the kids to pack back up and NOT LOSE THE FREAKING LIDS. Noah and Ezra get EasyLunchboxes and Ike gets the robot one from Sugarbooger because it matches his Lunch Tote and backpack. Because okay, I'm all "whatever, here's a damn sandwich" about the contents but COME ON THE ROBOTS ARE SO CUTE WHEN THEY'RE ALL MATCHY.)
Anyway, they're all finally off and out in the world, lunchboxes in tow.
And Ike seemed really, really thrilled. Aw, cheer up, buddy. I'll be back for you soon.
(FYI: This is probably the best first day of school photo I've ever taken. I'm framing this shit.)