I can’t believe the time has come. In less than 12 hours, I will be in room 307, teaching Mathematics to 12 – 14- year olds. It feels like Day One of Back to School, except it’s the middle of March. Earlier this afternoon, I was panicking. I couldn’t find my school keys. I remembered keeping them instead of turning them in to the caretaker just before I left for my maternity leave. It took a little bit of searching and it’s now attached to my purse.
Today, we stayed home all day, with the exception of going for a walk to get some groceries. All weekend long, I felt the need to get the house back in order since I would be going back to work this week. I would hate to come home to a messy house. So I at tidied up the front at least. It made me feel better. But the rest of the house is still a work in progress.
I guess you can say that I am anxious about returning to work. The morning rush out the door will likely be the biggest source of stress for me. I need to leave the house by 7:45 am, drop off W at daycare by 8:00 am, then drop V off at 8:20 am at her school. If all works out, then I should be entering the school doors by 8:30 am. That gives me 15 min to catch my breath, organize myself for the day as the kids enter the building by 8:45 am. I know, it’s tight. But what can I do?
My time as a working mom of three will be very busy. I’m not even sure what spare time is going to look like, honestly. At the end of the day bell, I have to rush out to pick up V and then W, get home to make dinner. At least, we’ll be home by 4:30 pm – with some time to spare to make dinner. Z gets home between 4:30 pm and 5:15 pm so we usually eat before 5:30pm. By 6:00pm, I’m getting W ready for bedtime. The other two kids have lights out by 7:45 pm. The rest of the night is going to busy – packing lunches and trying to prepare for my classes the next day.
Lately, W has been feeling much better but her sleep at night is still not great. She usually wakes about 2.5-3 hours into the first part of the night. Then she may or may not stay up coughing from 1-3 am. I really hope that she sleeps for the rest of the night. I was so exhausted last night – W stayed up from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. I had to ask M to take her and he ended up sitting in the chair holding her for 2 hours. Then I don’t remember when she woke up again. But she work up at 6:20 am this morning – a little too early for my liking.
Wish me luck tomorrow.