The end of summer is nigh

I can’t help but be emotional this evening.

Today was the last day of just Sprog and I until October. That’s 8 whole weeks away before I get a quality day with just me and my son.

I do love teaching and I enjoy working with young people so much. However, now that I have Sprog, I increasingly begrudge the work which is expected beyond 8.30 til 5. It is inbuilt to my personality that I will do all things to the best of my ability, as such, I’m often working in the study until 10.30-11 at night, barely seeing Hubby during term time. That in turn leads to a downturn in our relationship too.

The last 5 weeks have been utter bliss. I’ve done some work and planning so that I can teach when I get back and I enjoy that part of my job.


We’ve played, we’ve baked, we’ve painted, we’ve seen friends, we’ve been out for the day, we had our awesome stay at Chessington, we sang (“Happy Birthday” a lot!), we’ve laughed, we’ve giggled, occasionally we’ve nearly wet ourselves in fits of giggles.

I know it’s not all sunshine but even on “Trying Toddler Days” we’ve survived. I’m not sure that I would swap work for one of these days, these are the days where I have craved adult conversation. But, we’ve only had about 2 of these days, I don’t think one was a whole day.

I am now in favour with Sprog, he often asks for cuddles from me last thing at night now, not Daddy which is usually the case. He has been so excited by the announcement that tomorrow is a “Mummy and Sprog day”, it’s always greeted with a “Yay!”

Hubby and I are so happy at the moment (well, I think he is anyway!). We see each other more, we smile and we laugh and we appreciate each other so much more.

I’m still striving for the balance between being Mama and being Teacher. I am, as always incredibly grateful to have a job where I do get 6 weeks to spend with with family. I just wish that a bit more of my year was like this!



10 thoughts on “The end of summer is nigh

  1. It must be so hard going back to the routine of work and long hours after the summer holidays. I’m in the middle of a 2 week break and know I’ll find that hard enough.

    I love how everything in our house is much more relaxed over the summer holidays too. I’ll really miss that. And I really haven’t missed ironing school uniforms!

    Good luck with the new school term 🙂

    • 6 weeks is long enough to give our family a completely different lifestyle to term time…one i much prefer. I’ll suck it up and get on with it but this evening I’m allowing myself to feel rubbish about it

  2. It must be so hard on all of you to get back into the school term routine again. Sprog will have to readjust and the whole relationship thing is just so difficult sometimes, I’d imagine. Staying home with Luke means I crave adult company, but sometimes all OH wants to do is come home and relax, not listen to every single detail from my day! It is difficult both ways and we’ve had our fair share of rough patches, that’s one of the reasons I stopped blogging for a couple of months; I missed time with my family that was “proper time”. At least with teaching, you have those times to look forward to and you can push yourself to make the most of the time available rather than, perhaps, taking the time for granted like I feel I do sometimes. Ray xx

    • The worst bit is the first week or so because i know from experience that Sprog can just shut me out as his way of letting me know that he doesn’t like the change and after the closeness that we’ve had this summer, i can’t bear the thought of that. Im trying to get some adult friend time booked in too so that we are forced into socialising and not just existing at the weekends. I would find it tough to be home all the time… guess we can’t really win!

  3. Oh I completely understand how you feel! I honestly think it is the hardest thing about being a parent and a teacher… It takes over your whole life, you can’t compartmentalise things at all. And you’re in a new school which will also be difficult. Can you schedule (I hate the idea but it might help in practice) some time for you and Sprog exclusively at the weekends? I often take Ben out just me and him on a Sunday afternoon and that helps me. I also like it if I can pick him up a bit earlier from nursery so we can go to the library/park etc. I might have to work a bit later but it’s worth it once or twice a week.
    I’ll be thinking of you this week xx

    • I try really hard to get out at 3.30 on a Wednesday but it’s just not the same is it?! We get some time together at church on a sunday but that’s not us running round being crazy so I might have to reogranise that a little bit! It’s been horrible trying to explain that Mama’s going back to work especially since he’s worked out that when Daddy goes to work it means he’s gone ALL day!!

  4. Sounds like you’ve had a lovely time. I moan about my kids a lot but the truth is I am so thankful to be able to spend each and every day with them. The holidays do go so fast though don’t they? I know because my son starts back at pre-school this week but he only goes for three hours a day. I can’t believe it’s time for him to go back already 😦

  5. I completely remember those days when working outside of the home tore me away from all I wanted to. And you’re right, something has to give when you are trying to complete one task perfectly. Good luck with the new year, and enjoy those moments when they come around


    Stopping over from #TwinklyTuesday

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