It's the last day of school today and I have mixed feelings. The year seemed to go by faster that the metro train. It would stop and I would catch a glimpse here and there but it really did speed right by me.
I work from home and I am also a stay at home mom. It has been a juggling act finding the right balance between caring for my girls and working. Next year Anna will be in first grade, which means both girls will be gone all day. A big change for me and Anna.
I am excited to be able to work normal hours and talk to clients on the phone without kids yelling in the background. But I will miss having lunch with Anna... the house will be a bit lonely. I worked from home for about three years before Amelia was born, so I was used to it. Now I have been working from home for seven years with kids under my feet, lots of noise and chaos.... yes, it will be a big change.
I'm also a bit sad that my baby is going into first grade, really not a baby anymore. It makes me look back and realize how lucky I was to spend these years with them at home. It was hard and a challenge some days but it was worth it for me, from their birth to school, to be there for them everyday. I was able to attend all the school field trips, walk them to school in the mornings, set up play dates and my favorite... pick them up from school everyday giving them a big hug as they ran out to me with open arms.
Full day school next year... will be a little bitter sweet.