Times they are a-changin’

Long time, no speak, eh? A LOT has changed since the last time we spoke, namely:

The birth of one Miss Scarlett Rose (who is now almost 4 months!)

  

And my decision to leave my job as a second grade teacher to be a full time mommy. 

  

While I absolutely loved my job and was heartbroken to leave such a great school and staff behind, I just couldn’t picture going back to work working for our family. My long commute and finishing up my graduate degrees were just some of the big factors in my decision. 

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And let’s face it, I had trouble leaving Bud when he was a puppy, and a baby is a whole other level of mommy separation anxiety.

  
 
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I had planned on going back to work, but in all honesty I knew that it was definitely a possibility that I would change my mind once I saw that little face for the first time. 

Well, as it turned out that face got me. It got me good.

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It’s funny because I had always pictured myself staying home with my kids, as my mom did, but then again I had never imagined that I would have a job that, while incredibly stressful and draining at times, brought me so much joy and fulfillment every single day.

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There’s nothing quite like being greeted with a big hug or a breathless “Hi, Mrs. Allsup!” from a smiling student, or seeing the joy in a child’s eyes when they achieve something that was difficult for them, or laughing at the inventive insights of the 7-year-old mind. 

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I know I’m incredibly lucky to even have had the option to stay home, as I know many new mamas do not have a choice on whether or not to go back to work. 

But I would be lying if I said I wasn’t sad, and still somewhat in shock, that I wasn’t starting another school year with a brand new group of kiddos a few weeks ago.

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However, I know I will eventually return to teaching and I am excited about what the future holds for my career. And in the meantime, I’m still going to sub at the school I taught at so I can still get my fix every once in awhile!

But right now my full time job is loving on this little one, and I must say it’s my dream job:)

  

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