I have to go into work two days this week, and then I start full-time next Tuesday. As my (glorious, extended) maternity leave comes to an end, I am feeling very, very sad. The only way to describe it to my non-mama friends is to say that I feel like I am going through the worst break-up. I know Charlie will be okay, and is in wonderful hands, but I’m so heartbroken about how little time we’ll be spending together in comparison. On that note, the happiness jar is even more important this week because I know how much there is for me to be thankful.
- Sewing projects, especially with my brand-new sewing scissors.
- Chai tea dates with my mama and sister, Charlie in tow.
- When my amazing husband takes Charlie in the morning to let me sleep for an extra hour, and then my mom takes him so I can shower and blow-dry (!) my hair.
- Family nights around the fire pit.
- Fresh flowers at Trader Joe’s (they’re always so cheap, pretty and fresh!)
- Brand new Sharpies. Actually all school supply shopping for my classroom. This year, I need a laminator, velcro dots, new Mr. Sketch markers and a new Hoberman sphere that I use as a “breathing ball” for my kids.
- When Whole Foods has the perfect African-made bolga basket that I’ve been searching for.
- Remembering our honeymoon (the photo above is from a cafe in Marrakech), and being grateful for the perfect timing of my pregnancy with Charlie. As sad as I am that my leave is coming to the end, I know how lucky I am to have had maternity leave and then summer vacation.
- A husband who always thinks about me, even if it’s just to bring me home command hooks he knew I needed (without my asking).
- Our first successful night out leaving Charlie with my parents (with whom he calmly took a bottle and fell asleep!) while we enjoyed a delicious gluten-free (well, for me anyway) dinner at a new to us restaurant.
Charlie and I on a beach in Marshfield (not quite the Cape, but close enough for this year (; )
I have one week left of extended maternity leave before the school year starts for teachers, which is making me feel all sorts of things. When WC and I first moved up to Massachusetts, we made a list of things we wanted to do. I was feeling a little restless? uneasy? with the prospect of so much wide open time, and I thought writing down experiences we wanted to have would make us more apt to savor every moment, making the summer seem longer. Would you like to see our list?
Take Charlie to the ocean.
Find a nearby vineyard.
- Hike Mount Tom.
- Explore a New Hampshire/Vermont town.
- Take a day trip to Boston.
- Go fishing.
Visit Cape Cod.
- Bring Craig to his first Big E.
- Start a college fund for Charlie.
Visit Great Barrington (and find that gluten-free breakfast place)!
Find a flea market.
Mama cuddles after the ocean, since it was so cold and scary!
It was so dark in the tasting room at Black Birch Vineyard, but I wanted so badly to take a photo of the space because I loved all of the art from their visiting artist, Dawn Allen.
We found Main Street Cafe in Stockbridge when we went to Great Barrington in December to celebrate our anniversary, and they had gluten-free French toast, so we knew we wanted to go back!
We decided to table most of the day trips, especially exploring towns, since it’s been so hot, and it’s probably not a great idea to force a 5-month-old to be in the heat most of the day, but we’ve also explored some fantastic new restaurants, enjoyed many nights around the fire pit, and picked up new hobbies (WC has been wood-burning; I have been sewing). While I don’t think either of us intended to start a tradition, I’ve already started writing a fall list to give us things we can look forward to when we start our new jobs.