Waverly has been amazing us (& making us laugh) with how much she can say lately, each day brings at least a couple of new words. Most of the time, she randomly busts them out like they are nothing, just to remind us how much of a big girl she really has become. She strings her words together to make phrases & sentences on the regular, yesterday she asked to call daddy (or Joe, since she has apparently moved on to that now) as we were driving. They "talked" for a while & then she confidently stated "see you later, have fun now, ok?". Listening to her currently ranks as my favorite pasttime, hands down.
Which brings me to my "little things" point, her other new phrase as of lately. Waverly has randomly been getting up extra early, something that I love (during the week) since that means I get to see her before I leave for school. Each time, I really do cherish the opportunity to be the one to get her from her crib, my husband knows how much it means to me & wouldn't even consider stepping a foot near her door. ;) When I walk in, she always says "hi, mama" & touches my face, then makes sure I get her babies from the crib when I pick her up. And then, for the past two weeks, (every single time!), she scrunches up her face & says ... "mama gotta go to work" in the saddest, most pitiful little voice.
And obviously, I have no idea how I pick my heart up off the floor & leave her sweet face at that point.
Part of me feels good about the fact that she is starting to understand where I go each morning, because for the longest time I felt guilty (damn mom guilt) that I would just disapear & she didn't know why. And then of course the other part of me wants to cry my entire drive to school. I strongly believe that being a mom is hard no matter what your situation, it's obviously moments like these that for us working mamas, are the absolute hardest.
On the plus side, I really do love my job. This time of year is obviously always exciting but also a little difficult, most of my students are senior girls who I really do connect to, & since I teach Advanced Fashion, that I have had for two years in a row. I always give them a congrats letter & a "good luck" talk on the last day I see them. I'm not sure if it was Waverly's new phrase that got me extra emotional during it this week, but in my ten years of teaching, I don't think it was ever that hard. These kids really are the sweetest, they always ask about Waverly & genuinely care. Though there isn't a day I don't miss her, they really make leaving her so much easier. I truly feel fortunate & am thankful for them. :)
AND because I can't leave off a few more fun pictures, Waverly Maye had the best time ever at the waterpark this weekend. She discovered that she could do the slide on her own & must have gone down about 50 times in a row, laughing equally as hard every single time. She is a true water baby with no fear at all, totally her father's daughter!
Congratulations to Emily Janning for winning last week's giveaway, a tutu & matching sandals from Sarah at Foxy's Domestic Side. We don't have a giveaway today, but have some really exciting ones planned in the next few weeks! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jess at jess@sadieskyboutique if you are interested in working with us in the future. See this post for details on how to link-up & hope you all are having a fabulous week!