Diego was born at the end of December. I took the two months I was allowed to for maternity leave and returned to work. I will admit that I was miserable. I cried every day that first week back at school. I considered myself fortunate because as a teacher, I knew that I would be home for the summer in a couple of months. When it was time to start school the following August, I had the same feeling of dread. I knew that I would not be seeing Diego much since most days (when there were no meetings) I would be picking him up at 5:00 and he would be going to bed a couple hours after that. It was a very difficult year at work since we were missing several Spanish teachers. I had to do the job of two teachers which meant staying later and arriving earlier everyday. By the end of the school year I was exhausted and, despite everyone telling me that it would get easier, missing my baby more everyday. I proposed the idea of working part-time to my principal and to my surprise she agreed. I have been working part-time as a high school teacher for the last three years. A few months ago my husband was promoted in his job and we decided that I would stay home full-time. I do not know how long I will be able to stay home with the boys, but for now I am extremely happy and appreciate having this opportunity.
I am the lucky mother of two wonderful little boys. My husband and I are both fluent Spanish speakers and are raising our boys bilingual in Spanish and English. I moved to teaching part-time high school Spanish when I had my last child so that I could spend more time with my boys.