As you may or may not have noticed, I took a little virtual vacation from blogland to take a real vacation to New England. I have been here visiting my family and friends for 12 days now and tonight I shall say farewell. Annabelle and I are flying back to Georgia on the 6:50 flight – prayers that the little Princess sleeps on the way home!I don’t think I could have imagined a better way to spend the last days of not only my summer, but also my stint as a SAHM. Friday will be my first day at my new school for teacher planning and in less than two weeks, I will be welcoming 14 beautiful first graders into my classroom.
Annabelle has been spending a lot of time being passed around to my family here. Her Noni, Grampy, Aunties, Uncle, and cousins would take turns making her laugh and giving me and B little breaks. I’ve noticed that with her spending so much time with other people, the time she spends with me is so much more meaningful. I hug her a little tighter and smooch her a little more. With that being said, even though it will be extremely hard to leave her at the end of this week, I know that the time away will be good for us both.
It is incredible how much she has changed in the time we have spent away from home. Who knew 12 short days could make such a difference in Annabelle”s development? She’s giving kisses, pulling up on furniture, making “ma-ma-ma” sounds, eating Puffs, shaking maracas, standing in the playpen, drinking out of a sippy cup, and ate her first handful of sand. I know when I write her 7 month letter it is going to be difficult considering all of the new things she has done recently.
A few readers have asked me to share my thoughts and feelings about the transition from SAHM to working Momma, and I promise I will do my best to document it all. Right this second I am okay with going back to work knowing that Annabelle will be with my mother in law this Friday. But next Tuesday when she goes to Baby School for the first time… well, that will be different.
Wish us luck on our flight home tonight! And I shall be back to normal blogging when I am home in the Peach State.
Caitlin! I’ve been enjoying your blog for months and have a little girl 2 months younger than Annabelle. Just wanted to say thanks for your posts, advice, stories, and pictures. As a working mom with a little one in “baby school”, I know you and Annabelle will do great with the transition. I do look forward to reading about how it goes.
Thank you so much! I love hearing from readers who find my blog interesting or helpful. I blog selfishly at times – to document certain things that happen in my life – and other times I blog in the hopes that I am helping someone. xox
Time away is good for Mama! I couldn’t afford to be a sham. But, I was able to take six months off. It was the best time of my life. Your heart with break on your first day of work, but you will go on, and it will get easier on both of you. And, you have the best job a mama could ever have! With so much time off!