I am eagerly counting down the days until Christmas break- probably more eagerly than my students. My Mother has been keeping Monkey, but it's been a rough transition for all of us, anyway. It's hard to leave my baby every morning to go deal with unruly 7th and 8th grade students. It's pretty hard to want to spend any time educating them well when i know it's at the expense of spending time caring for, and getting to know this tiny person.
The worst part about working isn't pumping to feed my child, or having to walk away from him in the morning and try not to cry- it's the nap time in the afternoon. I miss putting him on my chest or on the bed next to me and falling asleep with him.