No, I'm not leaving this blog, but yesterday I did make an official decision: I won't be teaching next year.
Long before becoming pregnant (really, really long before, like when we were getting married in August 2006) Matt and I discussed how awesome it would be to save money so I could take a full year off work when we had a baby.
Then, instead of having a baby in April like I would have "planned," I had a January baby, bringing up the question of whether or not I should simply take off January to August and then return for the following school year, putting Natalie in full-time daycare.
Right now the thought of daycare freaks me out.
And on a teacher's salary a lot of my income would go toward paying for daycare.
And we have the money saved for me to take the year off.
And Natalie will only be a baby once.
It's the last point that I kept coming back to. Friends would ask, rightly so, "What will you do for baby #2? Do you want to take a year off now?" But chalk this up my "enjoy it while I can" philosophy. I don't know what the future holds. I don't know if I'll be able to have another baby. All I know is that I have a baby now and I need to embrace this time in our lives.
So now, this weight lifted off our collective shoulders, we're all smiles.