How Times Have Changed…
At this time last year, I was on maternity leave with my new baby, blissfully unaware that my classroom was growing by a student a day and that I would return to piles of ungraded work and untrained students. All was restored to its natural state upon my return, but not without some elbow grease, that’s for sure.
I didn’t get to experience the normal “back to school” action last summer because I was wrapped up in “oh my goodness I’m having a baby” action. As that last week before munchkin arrived crept along (I swear, a 37-day week), I remember noting the many parallels of the “week before school starts” to the “week before baby comes.”
The Week Before
You’ve read copious amounts of research and a myriad of books to prepare yourself. That new book on formative assessments? Beach read! How to Get Baby to Sleep Through the Night? Downloaded onto the kindle!
You have spent countless hours on Pinterest to find organizational tips/ themes for the room. (Classroom/Nursery)
You are positively giddy with delight over antique shopping/yard sale-ing for rehab-able furniture to make functional. Then you lie to yourself about actually DIY-ing anything before the big day…hey, a girl can dream!
You find yourself comparing notes/asking questions of other first time moms/ teachers to see what they do.
You realize that you can be as prepared as you could possibly be, have read all of the latest research, and still you are nervous because you just don’t know exactly who the universe is sending your way, and how it will all work out.
But despite it all, you are super excited because you know that whoever you get, you will love. (quirks, behaviors and all!)