... I have a good friend who reads my blog and she's always on mind when I know I haven't posted in awhile. I feel bad about that because I hate it when I check my favorite blogs only to find that it hasn't been updated in days or weeks. So as I am sitting here plowing through report cards, I decided to take a procrastination break and type my last post (for now).
Some of you know that I started blogging during my first year of teaching. Teaching kindergarten at a Title I school was (and is) a challenge and after coming home night after late night, consuming too much wine to dull the stress, and then dumping it all on my ever-patient husband, I discovered that typing out my experiences was incredibly therapeutic (and better for my liver and marriage). A co worker's blog inspired me to do my own. I posted the good, the bad, and the really ugly. Soon I discovered other bloggers were reading mine and I was loving theirs. Snippety Gibbet, Elbows, Knees, Dreams and It's Not All Flowers and Sausages just to name a few. Snippety's accounts of teaching art to Kindergarten continuously entertained me, especially when I could spot references to my own students in her writing (she's a coworker). I follow Elbows because she seems to have my exact children the year before I get them and reading about her experiences comforts me -- even the tough ones. Sausages is just darn funny. There are times I think she embellishes and other times I think not. Regardless, it's very entertaining.
As you can see, I have enjoyed blogging about the ins and outs of my day but lately it's been hard. I am totally consumed with prepping for maternity leave and trying to keep my mind focused on my 19 five year olds, and not obsessing about the 37+week babe sitting on my pelvic bone seemingly pushing its way out with each step I take. Sitting down to reflect on the day has taken a back seat - a far back seat on my to-do list.
I have 7 more school days left and trust me when I tell you that I want to be there for them. I am a planner and I am planned to be with my kids right up until 2:40 p.m. on 12/23. It's Polar Express Day after all and who would want to miss that?!
If my baby wants to come early on the evening of 12/23 -- please do. If he or she wants to wait until after the due date of January 2nd, that's fine too. But for now, I am gently pleading with this infant-to-be to hold tight and wait for me to get some closure with my kids.
So I think this will be it for the time being. You might see a post mid-maternity leave entitled, "WTF is happening with my kids?!" but in all likelihood I'll be back when I return to the classroom this spring. Thanks for reading, have a Merry Christmas (or whatever it is you celebrate), and I'll be back in a few months, hopefully with some interesting, "while I was gone you'll never guess what happened..." posts.