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Raise Those Kids Right

Last night was a rough night for Mommy and Vinny.  I’ve been off all summer, and just started back to work this week with inservices and meetings which means that the kids were back to the babysitter.  Well, if you remember, we are living in my parents’ house while we fix up our new house and sell our old one, so we had to switch Vincent’s babysitter right about the time when he turned 2.  It’s better, but it’s still a hard transition for the little man.  And “hard transition” equals not napping or eating and becoming a train wreck the entire night.  I know he’ll figure it out once we get back into the swing of things, but last night he was up at 12:30 and came into Mommy’s bed for the rest of the night.  (Not a practice I make a habit of…in fact, this was the first time he’s spent the entire night in our bed, but I digress…)  So, needless to say, Mommy didn’t get a great night’s sleep, and I don’t think Vinny did either.

When Sydney got up to eat around 6:30ish, I was looking at my phone, checking my emails and texts, and, of course, browsing Facebook.  Well, if you are friends with me in real life, or on Facebook (or both!) you probably saw a status I had posted asking for prayers and positivity as I went back to school and didn’t get to spend 24/7 with my kiddos.  I got so many beautiful comments telling me basically what I already knew (but still needed to hear) it IS possible to be a good employee AND a good mother.  I saw that someone else commented on that status (a person I haven’t seen or spoken to in over 10 years) and this is what she wrote, “You wanted kids so badly, and now you want to leave them?  WHY??? You should stay at home and raise those kids right.” Continue reading “Raise Those Kids Right”

Confessions of a Pregnant Teacher on the Night Before the First Day of School

Well, it’s come again – the beginning of the school year.  I enjoy beginnings, especially the beginning of the school year.  There’s a certain energy when I see all of the kids, tan and smiling, coming in telling me about their summers, so excited to find out who their teacher is and who is in their classroom.  The newness is palpable and the entire school seems to be buzzing with anticipation.  Kids are excited, teachers are excited, parents are excited.  It’s a good time in a school.

And yet there are other emotions besides excitement – anxiety, fear, worry, stress, sadness…  Beginnings are exciting, but they can be scary as well.  For me, I’m a ball of stress wrapped up in a blanket of anxiety, with a pinch of excitement sprinkled in there for those with a refined enough palate to detect it. Continue reading “Confessions of a Pregnant Teacher on the Night Before the First Day of School”

Making a Magnet Board

No one would ever mistake me for an artist. I’m using the term “artist” in the sense of a visual artist: painter, sculptor, drawer…whatever. I’m so not artsy/craftsy. I’ll leave that stuff up to Bridgette. But, I saw this neat idea on Facebook, and I decided to try and create my own version for my classroom.

Before putting the final labels on
Before putting the final labels on

As a music teacher, I see about 80 – 120 kids a day in my classroom. That’s a lot of people to keep track of especially when someone needs to go to the bathroom, someone else just lost a tooth, someone else is in charge of getting the mail this day, and another someone else has to make up a test…(Don’t get me started on kids missing specials classes to make up tests…grrr. Thankfully that doesn’t happen much where I work, but, I digress…) Continue reading “Making a Magnet Board”

Sitter Jitters

I did it. I survived Vincent’s first day at the sitter’s. Of course he was totally fine, and I was never really worried that he wouldn’t be. I was more worried about me. About leaving him and going back to work. About not seeing him for 8 hours straight. About my attachment issues. About whether or not we’d bonded enough in the almost 4 months he’s been on this earth. About the adoption. About so many other things that seem insignificant to blog about but are probably what many moms are thinking.

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