However...with all of that said, I still can't imagine doing anything else during the day. I adore being home with this little girl, on good and bad days. A lot of people have asked me if I miss teaching, and honestly...no. I think some of my fellow educators will understand what I'm saying here. I miss the kids and the fun moments and the activities we'd do together. And I miss celebrating little victories with a student who had been struggling with something for so long, and then seeing them master it. Those were awesome pieces to the job and I do miss that. But I definitely don't miss the stress and pressures that came with the job. The high stakes testing, the lesson plans, the data collection, the never ending emails. Sadly, when I think about my former profession, it's the latter that come to my mind, not the good things. When I stop and think about those things, and then think about the place I am in now, I realize just how lucky I am. Being a mom is a hard job. And I mean that for a stay at home mom OR a working mom. No doubt about it, but man...it's also pretty wonderful. If a fussy baby who won't nap well is my biggest stresser these days, I'm doing okay.
I love this girl to pieces.
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