All along I've said that I will be okay so long as I am able to see Jackson when he wakes up and when he goes to bed. I knew it was going to be a rough day when Jackson was still sleeping peacefully this morning when I left for work at 6:45 a.m. I desperately needed his first morning smile to carry me through the day since I knew I would not be home until at least 6:30 pm.
Overall, it was an okay day. There was one meeting after another and I was only able to pump twice during an eleven hour workday. (I know, I know...NOT good for my supply.)
After feeling on top of my teaching game the past few years, it was both humbling and discouraging to realize that I am a total wild card to my students and parents. They neither trust nor know me. It's so strange because I wanted to say, "I was hired because I know what I'm doing!" The staff has a high turn-over rate and there are many inexperienced teachers. I know it will take some time for me to earn everyone's trust in a new setting.
Language proved to be a barrier. I felt inadequate because my teammate is Puerto Rican so I kept having to redirect my Spanish speaking parents to her. I also have a few refugees from Burma that do not know any English and we definitely don't have any Burmese translators available. Regardless, I'm extremely impressed that so many parents attended.
Once home I knew I had a mere hour to interact with Jackson. It was the best! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE him.
Jesse did a great job taking pictures today. He even e-mailed me one of them at work. Jackson enjoyed his time outside and even helped Jesse with the laundry.