Summer has just slipped through my fingers. School is just hours away and I am in shock as to how much my life is about to change.
I will be back at work for the first time in seven years. It almost seems silly to say that since I have been working harder than I ever did teaching while I have been home with my kids. Of my seven years at home, almost three years I spent pregnant and more than two years were spent nursing a baby. These seven years haven’t been “taking it easy” but, they have been some of the most formative, fulfilling, difficult, rewarding, tiring, and amazing years of my life. I have spent months not sleeping, feeding, changing, clothing, diapering, and cleaning up after three of the most important people in my universe. I have thrown myself into all things motherhood.
Yes, I am that mom. The one that makes her own baby food, (until the third child comes along and I just don’t have time), uses cloth diapers (until the third child…), rolls out the red carpet for each milestone, birthday, baptism, and holiday. I am obsessed with pictures of my children, so I take photography classes at night to learn how to take better photos. I love knit hats and scarves, so I take knitting classes at night to make baby hats, winter hats, and scarves for Christmas. I love curtains and clothing, so I learn to sew, and have been busy making pillows, dresses, and embroidered shirts for my kids. I feel so lucky to have been given the chance to do all of these things with and for my children. I drank the “Stay at home Mommy” kool aid and I enjoyed it.
But, Wednesday starts a new chapter in my life. I am not quite sure how this chapter will unfold. There are going to be bumps in the road and stressful days I know. This new chapter has two leading rolls “Mommy” and “Teacher.” My little dream of owning my own preschool has always been there since my visit to Reggio Emilia in college. Through a lot of hard work and help from my husband, Crozet PlaySchool will open it’s doors this week to a group of wonderful families. I hope you will follow me on my journey as a mother and a teacher.
All of this seems a bit dramatic when I really get down to the nitty gritty of my new “job.” I am going to be working from home, Ellie will be with me this year, and Gracie will be with me next year. I will be done at 12, and able to have lunch with my girls, get Bradley off the bus, and still be the mommy I want to be in the afternoons. It will be a change in many ways though. Gracie will be cared for in the mornings this year. I will be juggling school clean-up and prep/planning. Many of my elaborate holiday and party planning my be curbed this year while I get my footing in this dual role. My hope is to find the balance with this new part-time career.
I know that Naptime Novels will not be getting the love and attention that it has in the past. But, I will still be updating about my kids whenever I have a free moment. They will always be my favorite subjects to photograph, the center of my universe, and the loves of my life. I can look back without one regret about spending close to a decade at home with them. I love you my littlies, b, e, and g. I am blessed to have worked so hard for you these past few years.