As I mentioned in my previous post, usually my mom has us for dinner on Sundays. Since she is actually staying with us for a few months while her house is being renovated, we all decided to have a takeout night last night and got Chinese (comfort food for sure)! Whenever we order Chinese, we read our fortunes aloud and tend to take them very seriously 😉 Here is the one I got last night:
Ironically, I have been thinking a lot lately about the career that I left behind when my son was born – teaching. I am a true elementary teacher at heart; I worked hard to get my Bachelors and Masters degrees and I am certified in Literacy as well. Before becoming a mom, there was nothing I loved more than teaching! Now that I am a mom full time, I see many parallels between the two. Both being a mom and a teacher are somewhat thank-less, tough, hands-on jobs that require a ton of patience. On the other hand, both are rewarding, involve spending your days with kids (what could be better?!), and there may not be a better sight than watching a child’s unconditional love towards you and their zest towards life and learning.
There are definitely days when I miss being in the classroom. Don’t get me wrong, teaching is hard work, but I honestly think that being a stay at home mom can be harder sometimes. James has had a difficult time sleeping recently; I think we are hiting the 18 month sleep regression a bit early. He has been waking early, which causes him to be a little cranky by late morning, which causes an early nap, and you get the trend. On top of that, we are still trying to figure out our “schedule” with the addition of our baby girl. Have I mentioned that having two under two is not always easy?!
Anyway, I went to bed thinking about that fortune and how much I sometimes miss work, and just like it always goes, we had SUCH a fun day today and I can’t even imagine ever going back to work!!! 😉 We woke up to a few inches of snow and it was the first time James has ever played in it.
I am always grateful to be home with my babies right now, but it’s days like today that I feel even more blessed. James and I spent the day playing in the snow, doing arts and crafts, making delicious chili, and just enjoying each other. He is talking up a storm now, and repeating everything, so it is SO much fun to actually know what he wants and to be able to reason with him (to a point!). Ella had great naps today and gave James and I some much needed alone time, although he did give her an extra big kiss when she woke up this afternoon.
Visit our “FUN” page to find the craft we completed today!
To me, the best analogy for motherhod is that it is simply a rollercoaster ride. There will be ups and downs, highs and lows, twists and turns, but you have to take the scary with the exhilarating. Like a rollercoaster ride, it may be terrifiying at first, but always worth it in the end. I love my babies more than anything, and would do anything to spend each and every day like our snowy day today. Because, even though I miss teaching and it was literally my life before I became a mom, life is truly just better with babies and I wouldn’t change a thing.