No more maternity leave
Maternity leave is over and I am back to work tomorrow. A few people have asked me if I do want to return, and actually I am looking forward to it. It’s not the best time of year to be returning to teaching but I get to have some “me time”. Not the sort where I have a nice soak in the bath or read a book, but where I get to be who I was before children.
I am lucky enough to work part-time so I get to spend time with the girls or else I am sure that I would feel guilty about working. I definitely don’t feel guilty about putting them in nursery. Their nursery is great! Firstly, they do all the messy play stuff that I would really rather not do myself. Then there are all the toys. Not just that there are more than we have, but different ones. Thee is the opportunity to interact with other kids. The staff are lovely. They seem to all know Freyja, even though they don’t all work with her, and Emily – who hasn’t officially started yet! Freyja has lots of fun there and I am sure Emily will too.
Emily had her first settling in session last week. Whilst I met with her key worker she was off exploring, picking up toys and looking excited at the other little children to play with. To be honest, I think she was probably a little disappointed when I arrived to collect her.
She is definitely ready for nursery, but am I? It just so happened that on the same day as Emily’s settling in session, Freyja had her first morning in with the preschoolers. I wept. It suddenly hit me how quickly my girls are growing up. My baby isn’t a baby any more and my big girl really is becoming a big girl.
I will still have a little cry at each new milestone and when I bag up the outgrown clothes for the final time, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love watching my girls grow and take on their own personalities. I just have to remember to enjoy the time with them now as much as I can.