I'm proud to say I survived my 1st week as a kindergarten teacher! The week may have ended with laryngitis, stained shirts, snooze buttons, and neglected household chores, but overall I'm thrilled with my job, the kids in my class, my co-workers, and the opportunity I've been given.
This working mom thing is a whole new experience for me. I've never had a job as a mother. Well, that's not entirely true. Big C was 6 months old when I started my student teaching so I did have to deal with the hustle and bustle of packing him up and getting him to daycare before I reported to work. But it's a different story with older children.
Every evening I'm packing 4 lunches, 1 tote bag, and 2 backpacks. I'm laying out 3 outfits and completing 1st grade homework and kindergarten lesson plans. And I'm still trying to keep up with everything I did in my previous life: laundry, groceries, cooking, cleaning, and of course, blogging.
It's a juggling act. But after only 1 week, I'm finding I'm already getting the hang of it. Big C is thriving in 1st grade. Little C doesn't even say bye to me when I drop her off at preschool. Even Mr. Roller Coaster is stepping up and helping out with chores he never did before.
As I gear up for Week 2, I try to remind myself that as hard as it is to pack all those lunches and wake up to that annoying alarm clock, one day it will all be commonplace. By Christmas I'm sure I'll be laughing at myself for feeling so flustered and wondering what life was like before the craziness.
So let the craziness continue!