Why I believe in daycare: A letter to my baby’s birthmother

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Dear friend, 

       “What do you plan to do for daycare when the baby arrives?” “We will find a suitable daycare.” I know that when going through our information at the agency, you have read this question we were asked. I want to delve a little bit further into this topic, just to tell you that I don’t plan on dumping your baby off the first chance I get. 

I am a fourth grade teacher at an elementary school here in our hometown. Teaching is not my job though. Teaching is my passion. I believe that teaching is my purpose in this life, and I wake up everyday eager to fulfill my purpose. Everyday, 110 students walk through my door and I am there to be their teacher, their nurse, their mom, their dad, their therapist. (NOT their friend.) I feed them breakfast when I know they haven’t had it. I listen to their drama. I love them more than they will ever know. Yes, I have a job that I go to from 7:30-4:30 everyday, but it is more than a paycheck. 

This is why we will be putting our child into daycare. It might be a home daycare, it might be a babysitter at our house, but they will be going somewhere while I am at work everyday. Why? Because I can’t imagine not teaching. I firmly believe that if God has shown you what your purpose should be in this life, that you should try to fulfill it every single day. I know that being a mother will come first, and I can’t wait to become a “working mom”, but I also know that if were not a “working mom” I wouldn’t be living my life the way I am supposed to be, the way God intended.

I have many, many friends that are stay at home moms, and I am not calling them out on this ONE BIT. I admire them. I wish I could be more like them. But, I would be lying if I said I have EVER thought I would make it as a stay at home mom. So yes, even though right now I am about as exhausted and stressed out as can be(CRCT is Tuesday) I can’t wait to wake up Monday morning and do it again. And yes, I also know that I will be even more exhausted and stressed out after we have our sweet baby home with us, but I know that in the end, I will be able to do it all, fulfill my purpose and be a great mom as well. In fact, I believe that going to work everyday at a job that I love will end up benefiting our baby, making me a better mom. I know for a fact that it makes me a better person.  

We love you and are praying for you and the baby you are carrying, Stacy

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