I did it.
I finally told my principal I'm not coming back next year.
For as long as I can remember, I've planned to stay home and raise my kids. I think I benefited from being raised at home by my mom. The time I spent working in a daycare only reaffirmed my conviction that raising my kids at home was the right thing for me.
I'm a little sad about setting teaching aside so soon after starting, but the little guy is more important. All I have to do is remind myself that I can go back to teaching once my kids are in grade school. The great thing about being a teacher is that I get to take breaks and summers off with my kids. I am grateful to have gotten a year of experience under my belt. I love teaching and I definitely plan to go back to it. All I have to do is keep my teaching license current by taking some online classes.
So, I told my principal. I cleaned out my cheerful classroom. Lots and lots of World History II books and files. Farewell classroom. I am officially a stay-at-home mommy and I'm so thankful that we can afford to do this.
Of course, this also means that the scary Civil War soldier lamp is back in my house.I plan to chain him in the attic and feed him fish heads.
...the lamp. Not the baby.