August 8th, 2005

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Have baby fever? A few hours at elementary school registration will probably cure it.

Well, I'm glad we decided to head to school registration shortly after it opened, because we got home just a few minutes before it ended.

In our district, all elementary schools' registration is on 8 August, 0830-1130 and 1300-1500. I slept in until 0815, then got ready and and stuck the papers we had to bring (in our case. the lease, a utility bill, my photo ID, and her birth certificate, Social Security card, and shot record) into a clipboard since I didn't know what they'd have set up.

We arrived shortly before 0900 to find a line snaking along outside the building. I kept Laurel busy with a deck of flash cards and the coloring kit until we reached the first registration station, where I found out the copy of the lease we had was the renewal and did not have Laurel's name on it, so we had to get that and come back.

Luckily I'd gotten copies of the forms that station gave out, so I took them outside and filled them out on my clipboard after calling Vogon to apprise him of the situation. After he arrived with a copy of the original lease, he sat outside with Laurel while I went through the now-shorter line to the first station and was cleared to go to the second station. That line was the long one that time and when I got there, I was told I couldn't register her without her second MMR vaccination. (One of the forms I'd had to fill out before that station said that new students had a grace period of 30 days to get any necessary vaccinations, but I wasn't going to argue.)

It was after 1100 by then, so we left for lunch and to find someplace where Laurel could get immunizations today. I called the most promising-looking location and was told they'd be available after 1300 for $10 per shot. Vogon went back to work for awhile after lunch before we went over to the pharmacy, where I filled out a screening form (she qualified by being uninsured) and we waited for her turn. She gasped a little at the first shot and fussed through the next two, but quickly calmed down for a lollipop afterward.

We returned to the school just before 1400 and figured the rest of the registration process wouldn't take long. Ha. The third/fourth station had a tabletop copier and the woman operating it didn't seem sure which documents to copy, so I was relieved when someone from another station started taking people out of line to make their copies. She made copies of the paperwork we'd brought that morning and sent us on to the final station, where everything was looked over, put in a folder, and placed in a file box. I was given a welcome letter, a school supply list and -- drum roll please -- that was it.

Now I'm trying to quiet my headache since the last wait inside had a lot of antsy children screaming and running into my legs and a couple of smaller children crying. (Laurel was outside with Vogon looking at things with a magnifying glass he'd bought for her at the pharmacy.) Thank goodness this only has to be done once! Now we have the fun of school shopping later this week and finding out which class she'll be in on Friday.

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