As usual, I have that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach at the thought of returning to the treadmill. The getting up at 6.00am, getting daughter ready and out of the house, working for 8 hours, coming home, cooking tea, doing bath and bedtime story, then 2 more hours work before falling into bed to sleep the sleep of the dead unless daughter decides otherwise.
Actually, experience tells me that within a couple of days it'll be fine. I'll be back into the old routine, getting to know my new pupils and catching up with my old ones.
However, this year is a little different. Not quite the same old routine. The difference this year is that daughter is starting school, and not only that, she is coming to school with me. I can't believe she is starting school already. Where did those four and a half years go?
I'm hoping we've made the right decision about sending her to my school (if you missed the dilemma, click here) and that she'll be happy and fulfilled. I'm hoping that life will be a little bit easier for us as a family without the dashing to and from the childminder's. I'm hoping I get to be a bit more of a real mum; dropping her off in the morning and picking her up (although she'll have to go into after care for half an hour as I finish school 30 mins later than her).
I know I will cry as I drop her off for the first time, but I've warned my form (who are all 17 years old and know me well from last year) so they said they'll have the tissues ready for me when I arrive at registration. Bless them!
But, before we can start the new school term there is a lot of Working Mum preparation to do so that the term runs smoothly. (I have a kind of seige mentality when it comes to school terms).
So far I have:
- bought two new suits, three blouses and lots of tights and knee highs
- spring cleaned upstairs (can't do downstairs until the lounge is finished) so that minimum maintenance is required for the next 6 weeks
- cooked several soups, casseroles, pasta sauces and mash for the freezer
- stocked the freezer with useful ingredients such as peas, bacon, prawns, minced beef, etc
- stocked up on storecupboard staples such as pasta, pesto, rice, tinned tomatoes, coconut milk, tuna, butterbeans, etc
- stocked up on stamps (see? getting into seige mentality now)
- stocked up on these:
(staple of any teacher's briefcase)
- stocked up on these:
Now I'm ready!
Wish me luck!