Pick up yesterday went better than I expected, but I did and will remain anxious about SS among so many bigger kids. Especially when those bigger kids are running and plowing through the younger ones in their haste to get the hell out of Dodge. I could see SS scanning the area for me and I was able to catch her attention easier than I expected.
Darn, a nap was not part of the plan because there was no way she would go to bed at eight if she napped, and it was late in the day. As usual I took the cowardly way out and waited for P to come home and wake up SS. Hey, I value my life, I was not going to poke that bear. She was furious and I think she tried to decapitate P when he took her upstairs for a bath. As we expected SS did not touch her lunch, just the strawberries and milk. She did have a good sized dinner, with rib sticking food. SS got a second wind and we were afraid she would be up late. We grew a backbone and kicked her out of our room at eight after a Halloween story and cuddles. SS was out quickly and when I woke her up at seven this morning, she was still groggy.
About that ouchie milestone... One thing I learned this past school year (yet P was way ahead of me) is to enjoy those days when I get to drive SS to and from school. We always walk with SS to her classroom and hang around until the bell rings. It's a treat, being cognizant that it won't last for long. I was absentmindedly carrying SS's backpack today (We prefer she carries it, so she won't be looked upon as being a baby.), and when we arrived at the gate she asked for her backpack. Realizing that I was perhaps embarrassing SS I quickly complied. SS put her backpack on then said goodbye and motioned for a hug and a kiss. WHAT?????? I said that we always walk her to her classroom, and SS sighed and made an annoyed face. Man, I was totally dissed by my seven year old, and it stung. I told SS that I do not get to walk her to class often, and that soon she would be too grown up for this. So for now she has to suck it up and deal with it, because we want to enjoy what may be the last year we can enjoy time with our girl this way.