It’s Monday morning, i’m sitting in my living room with my coffee, in my house coat while Sophie is playing in her jumperoo. I can her the music of the jumper going as she moves and the tune of her favourite tv show Waybuloo is on the tv. This is where i’m meant to be. Last week I went back to work, but this week I am on Christmas holidays. The joys of being a teacher eh? I went back to work for 5 days total in December, not bad if you ask me. I return to work on January 4th after two glorious weeks off with my girl and Steve. I have to admit I was quite anxious to go back to work. There were a few tears shed the weekend before. Nothing major, but just a few do I really have to leave her? tears. I quickly found out though that it wasn’t that bad and I could indeed survive a few hours without her, and dare I say that I enjoyed work last week? Maybe it was the fact that Sophie was with her Dad and my Mother in law on different days during the week, so I didn’t have to worry. Maybe it was the fact that my class is such a great group of children and wanted to know all about the little girl who was at home. What’s her name Miss? Sophie Victoria? That’s pretty! They are such a great bunch. I’ve never liked a class so much after only 5 days with them. Usually I need to work them in. Get to know them a bit more before confessing that I like them. You don’t want to let your guard down too quickly as a teacher, because then they tend to think that you’re their friend and could act up a bit. Maybe it was the fact that it was the week before Christmas holidays and everyone was just in a great mood. I saw my friends, I got to pee with the door shut and eat lunch at “lunch time.” Amazing.
I missed my girl though.
Each morning we got up, I fed her promptly at 6:15am after getting myself ready. She ate, we had a moment together and then we were out the door at 7:15 to go to her Grandmas. If Steve was home I left them in bed while walking out the door at 7:45am. Leaving her sucked, but I got over it. I knew she was in good hands. I even got a text message from her on the first day saying Hi Mom, I watched my Waybuloo and had a big poop. Miss you! xoxo Then I received another the next day saying Hi Mom, I just woke up from a nice long nap. See you soon xoxo.
I knew she was OK and that helped!
Fact of the matter is, I had to return to work. There was no ifs, ands or buts about it. If we want to pay our mortgage, go on a couple holidays to Canada next year, do nice things together as a family etc then I had to work. I believe its a little thing called providing for my family. Maybe someday I will be lucky enough to go part time, or even be a stay at home Mom, but at the moment this is what suits us best and as much as I want to be home, it’s not an option. So I get on with it!
The key to being successful in the mornings while trying to get out the door was being organized. That is what helped us. We weren’t late at all. I left 15 minutes of buffer time each morning just in case Sophie let one go in her diaper as we were ready to walk out the door. This happened one day but I still wasn’t late. I got everything ready the night before. Clothes, lunches, bottles, Sophie’s daytime bag, my work bits and pieces. All I had to do the morning of was shower, get ready/dressed, feed & change Sophie and I picked up our stuff on the way out the door. I didn’t have to worry about ironing our clothes, putting a change of outfit in Sophie’s bag as it was all ready. Sure it took me a half hour at night to do all of this after Sophie was in bed but i’m sure with time it will get quicker and it was totally worth it for less stress in the morning.
It was so great to get home after work and see her smiling face. A couple of times she was napping and I just wanted to scoop her up and cuddle her but let her sleep instead. I counted down the minutes until she woke up! I’m sure it was a change for her. Having to leave the house in the cold when she is so use to laying in bed with me in the mornings was a big change for her. Sure, she is nearly only six months old.. but i’m sure she wondered what in the world was going on.
In other news, we are almost ready for Christmas!!
Beautiful ornament that my sister sent Sophie for Christmas. Can’t wait to get it engraved
I just have a few gifts left to buy and we’re all set. I can’t believe were in the final days until Christmas day. Unreal how the time has gone. Our little one is almost 6 months old!!