March 30, 2010

Woah Man....

Two days in and ready for a bottle of vino.

Or two.

No. Really it's been extraordinary fun. But such an eye opener. I forgot how much teachers have to pack into their days (well, the good ones anyhow)!

Got to school yesterday, and felt pretty prepared. It was a day of getting to know the kids, reorganizing the classroom, and just getting the ol' toes wet.

It was so fun to enter the school as though I'd never left. It was awesome to see the staff, too!

The day went like clockwork, and I stepped into my role as though I'd never left. It's like my body and subconscious mind were just holding on to the teacher in me until it was time to unveil her again.

No thoughts were really required. And after a year of absense, and very little thought about school, this fact surprised me. I thought I'd be more nervous. I thought I'd be all tongue tied.

Did you know I have stage fright and am afraid to say a speech or present in front of people? Um. Pretty contradictory since it's my daily job.

Even in workshops, I fear talking to my peers and being the center of attention. 

So I thought that's how I'd be yesterday. 

Nope. Teacher SB was born again!

And the kids, though I know they are in their honeymoon period, took to me too!

A very surprising feat, since the teacher previous was super cool, super young, and they totally adored her!

Big shoes. Literally. She was also tall and had big feet. So. yah.

Today was going to inevitably be even harder than yesterday, I knew. The exhaustion from my first full day of working in a whole year definitely did me in!

And how was e's first two days at daycare you ask?

Really good! Still not eating really. Makes me catch my breath with anxiety. But maybe she'll be okay. I have come to learn just how protective I am of her, though.

I made the funniest (though probably not so funny to day-care mommy) care-package for e to take. It was full of food and paraphernalia for e. I mean FULL. I think the woman was really insulted. I even wrote a note outlining little e quirks to 'help' the mommy daycare out. A bit controlling, much? 

Hey! I've never let my baby out of my sights for longer than a few hours and never never to anyone other than family. I need adjusting time too! Is it bad that I called daycare mommy on Sunday and tonight to talk with her? She never answered either time. jb says I should be calling during her 'working hours'...but I am working then. And so should she! She has five kids! She shouldn't be talking on the phone...right?

Okay, I guess I can understand not wanting to talk to parents during off hours. But on Sunday I wanted to drop off the food because I wasn't able to Monday - and same with tonight. I hadn't talked to her yet about e's adjustment because jb did the pick up and drop offs and he's brutal at relaying messages and telling details of events...So I wanted a proper update. And to hear what she's feeding my e. You know - Mommy update-y stuff. 

Well. Seems she has call display and doesn't respond. I feel like a teenage girl trying to reach her unreachable boyfriend. I am THAT frustrated. GR. Shouldn't she answer now? At least at the beginning...?

What do you think? Or do I really need to simmer down?

So tomorrow is day three....Then one more day and a four day weekend! Did I pick the perfect week to go back or what???

Oh there will be many more entries about the trials and tribulations of teaching and parenting and day-care monitoring. I promise! But for now. It's eight o'clock, and in case you weren't aware,that's my new bed-time!

Good night all!

10 comments:

  1. Wow you are doing better then me. I have yet to let anyone watch my lil on out of my sight. He's 2. Issues, Issues

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  2. Awwwww...your baby is just precious. Total model baby. Must have been very difficult to leave her to go back to work. The first time I left my oldest, she was 3 months old and I left her wih my mom at 7 PM and was back the next morning at 7 AM. And I left 3 pages, front and back full of notes for my mom. ha!! I don't think you should ever feel bad for wanting the very best for your little one.

    But good luck on the job front! Sounds like you're swinging right back into things.

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  3. Oh yay, I was worried the hectic schedule of a working mommy was going to sweep you away from this blog, and I do love reading it :)

    Re: the daycare situation. Yes, I can see how she’d want to set certain boundaries – I’m sure she doesn’t want there to be a precedent of parents calling her at all times of day and night. BUT, I also think she should be mindful of the stress of sending your child to daycare for the first time. She should be mindful of it, and make some time to reassure you in the first crucial weeks.

    In this case, I think you’re 100% in the right (if you were still calling her on Sundays 5 months in I might revise my loyalties). Particularly with little E’s haphazard eating habits. It seems like a rather ill-thought out way to run her business.

    (I think back to how I was when I was dropping off my rabbit at the vet for a week, and can’t even begin to imagine how I would be with a child! So even though I’m not a mommy, I think I get – to some degree – how you feel about this. And I feel indignant on your behalf!)

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  4. Anonymous31.3.10

    I completely agree with Carolina -- don't apologize for wanting to make sure that the woman who is taking care of E is doing her job. It's only week 1. If you're still calling the day care on nightly basis after 3 months, then...well...I'm sure things will have fallen into place well before then. I'm so happy that it has been such a pleasure for you to go back to work. Isn't it nice when things are easy for a change? Good luck with the rest of your work week and have a wonderful weekend with E!

    --le

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  5. Anonymous31.3.10

    I completely agree with Carolina -- don't apologize for wanting to make sure that the woman who is taking care of E is doing her job. It's only week 1. If you're still calling the day care on nightly basis after 3 months, then...well...I'm sure things will have fallen into place well before then. I'm so happy that it has been such a pleasure for you to go back to work. Isn't it nice when things are easy for a change? Good luck with the rest of your work week and have a wonderful weekend with E!

    --le

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  6. i'm so glad to hear things are going well, and that you're jumping back into teaching again!
    and p.s. that picture of your little baby e. is so freaking adorable!!!

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  7. I am so glad that things went well for you!!

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  8. thanks for all the compliments ladies! oh and comments, too. things are better today!

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  9. Anonymous2.4.10

    good job teacher sb!! you are a natural and im glad that youve jumped back in. the kiddies love you and im sure they're excited that you're back.

    i think it makes total sense that you need to talk to baby e's stand in. of course you want to hear exactly what her day is like. i hope the woman is sweet and gentle and fun. looking forward to hearing all about the daycare experience!

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  10. Anonymous2.4.10

    good job teacher sb!! you are a natural and im glad that youve jumped back in. the kiddies love you and im sure they're excited that you're back.

    i think it makes total sense that you need to talk to baby e's stand in. of course you want to hear exactly what her day is like. i hope the woman is sweet and gentle and fun. looking forward to hearing all about the daycare experience!

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