Working Mom: Part 2

Sunday, September 1, 2013


the first few weeks of first grade are always exhausting. and this week was no different.

The first day was great!  I felt like I didn't skip a beat and it all came right back to me.  The kids were all intimidated and that leads to great behavior!

But by day 2 the kids are all tired and comfortable and the non-stop chatter begins.  And that's no fun. Day 2 was painful.  (Luckily the day 2 thing seems to be pretty universal and most other teachers agree that it is an exhausting day.)

Luckily Day 3 was much better!

Carter has settled into his school routine.  Drop off has been easier, but every day just as I am about to hand him to his teacher, his lower lip quivers and he cries out for me. It is so sweet and sad.  But luckily it's just for a few seconds and by the time I walk out of the room I can't even hear him crying anymore.  Every day this week on his report card he got "cheerful!"  And I love reading about everything he does there.  

My nights have been spent prepping for the next day.  Lesson plans and school work, packing lunches, laying out clothes.  Breaking Bad and blogging have moved to lower priorities.

After one week I have mixed feelings.  I'm happy to be back at school and teaching and feeling like my "old" self and I'm happy that Carter is doing well at daycare.   But I miss my time with Carter too.  I don't like rushing around and having to rush him.  I'm definitely reminding myself "the grass is always greener..."

We'll see what next week brings (and luckily it's another 4-day week!)


  1. I would just like you to know that I just read..literally read...your entire blog starting May 2012 to now and I was upset when there were no more pages! (2 hours and I'm at work!! ha!) I just got married on September 7th and we are in no way starting yet to have children but it is always in the back of your mind like "hey, it is ok now..haha" Reading your suggestions, honesty and posts about what to expect are such a great preparation and you better believe I have either pinned or copied almost everything for a future reference. Thanks so much for sharing and just remember- you are now a pro! whew! ;) xoxo Jess

  2. Hi Jessi! Thanks for your sweet comment! Im so glad you found some interesting/helpful info for the future!

  3. I stumbled onto your blog, and am so glad I did. I had my son in the summer of 2012, and returned to work last year as a part-time (4 hours a day) teacher. This year, we bought a house, so I went back full-time. It is such a struggle. I have enjoyed the extra money to decorate the house, but it is hard!! Glad to find someone in a similar situation.


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