**just found this post from January and never published!**
While being back to school this week brought pangs of homesickness and longing for the days of my maternity leave with my sweet babe, I resolved to just allow those feelings to remind me to be thankful for that time. This week I began the process of merging the existence of my new little one with my “old life,” the one where I am a teacher, amongst other things. I was given many gifts and reminders throughout the week that helped me in the transition.
-Upon seeing me open the 9th street doors to welcome my students for the new school day after my absence one of my girls happy clapped while kangaroo hopping into line.
-Being greeted by 20+ smiles when they saw me at the door to our classroom.
-Our sweet librarian telling me she missed hearing my footsteps climbing the stairs and rounding the hall the same time every morning.
-The calm breaks throughout the day to pump 😉
– Broden spending the day with his loving grandparents, and a Nana who made meals, did laundry and cleaned my house and did paperwork!
-Playing Uno with students during indoor recess.
-Two delayed openings, allowing me to spend more time listening to the coos of my baby boy and getting him dressed for the day (one of my fav parts of his morning routine!) as well as lots of sleep.
-hitting a groove with my class during reading and feeling in the flow
-One of my boys approaching me during indoor recess (thank you sub zero wind chill!) asking to use the clear tape on my desk. After a few tries to use the scotch tape to attach his flashlight to his beanie he tried his flat brimmed baseball cap. After watching a few attempts with the flimsy tape, I signaled to him and we attached it with duck tape and he used his new “head lamp” to play the rest of recess.
-Feeling good at this profession!
-and finally, Friday snuggles with my baby boy 🙂