With all of that being said, the last couple of years have (professionally) been challenging for me, mainly because of the obvious, precious time away from my growing little girl. We have made it work but emotionally, it has been tough for me & keeping it real, the thought of leaving two kids five days a week has been haunting me ever since the beginning of my second pregnancy. I really haven’t shared much about it for a lot of reasons, I like to focus more on the positive (which I have a whole lot of!) & I know there are a lot of people who do the exact same thing that I do (and more). Also, I know that the whole “working vs. SAHM mom” thing can be controversial and make people mad as hell. The bottom line for me is that no situation is easy & the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, even though it can sometimes feel that way. Ultimately, you have to do what is best for you, your kids, & your family. I am so, so, SO! thankful that we have found a situation that is best for us.
I will be going back to work next week as a part-time teacher, I will be working every other day, rotating between two & three day work weeks. This truly is a dream come true for me, words really can’t explain what a relief this is or how appreciative I am for the opportunity to be able to both stay home with my babies & to also stay teaching something that I love! 🙂 Yet this decision was certainly not one we came to easily. Things will change around here, obviously financially, & also, taking a different contract with my school system affects whether or not I will have a job the following year. I worked hard to get where I am both in my education and professionally, losing the job security I have is a hard pill to swallow. Yet ultimately, the thought of later regretting not doing everything I could to get more time at home with them outweighed everything else. I want to set the example for my girls that you can do whatever you put your mind to, this is something that I feel is right for our family right now & that I know I will make work. I am so thankful to my principal & my husband for believing in me and supporting me enough to do just that!
I can’t even believe that these two little girls are my new (part-time) bosses! I love them so! 🙂
And because they are just too cute not to share, some photos from a birthday party we went to over the weekend. Waverly had the best time at the farm, she is truly our outdoor girl!