Man, that one year of maternity leave flew by.
Though I was mentally ready to return to work, I think emotionally (leaving my sick child) and physically (jet lagged), I was not. I’ve moved into a new position, so I’m teaching kindergarten in a rural school about 35 min from where we live. Due to inclement weather, I was only at work 3 out of 5 days last week. Plus, the woman whose role I’m taking over is still around until March Break. It’s close to being the most ideal situation possible.
Teaching kindergarten is quite different from being up with the intermediates. My time is spent doing different things, and my attention is and responses need to be sensitive to different needs. I’m thinking about sound skills and blends and things I haven’t had to think of too much over the last few years. It’s really very refreshing.
With Andy’s erratic sleep schedule and a higher than usual number of evening commitments, I haven’t had much time to really rest, but it is amazing to see what a difference this is already when it comes to work/life balance. I’m planning more holistically and tying all the subjects into themes, and I know that I’m going to love what the rest of this year has in store.