My kids (and room moms) threw me a surprise baby shower today. It was so sweet. One of the mom's prayed for me, then another mom gave me a poem she had written and I had to read it out loud. They made me cry! They included my aide too because she is going to be a grandma for the first time in a few more weeks. The kids all brought baby books, so now I have a ton of really cute baby books. It was really cute, they all wrote what they thought I was having, what I should name the baby, what they think it will look like, and why I will be a good mom. My favorite response was this: "Mrs. Hekman will be a good mom because she already knows how to take care of kids. Plus she kept her guinea pig alive". Isn't that hilarious! The funny thing is, I really only kept one guinea pig alive....and had 2 more die. I hope that's not a measure of my success! The whole thing was really precious.
It's a bittersweet week for me, knowing I won't be teaching anymore. I may teach again in the future, but who knows. There are many things I won't miss about teaching (report cards, conferences, grading, etc.). However there are many more things I will miss; such as the sweet innocence of second graders, the way they love you pretty much unconditionally at this age, the joy in teaching them new things, the boost they are for my self esteem (they think teachers do everything great), and the fun that I have with them. I will miss those kids! However I am extremely excited to have my own child. I look forward to the chance that I will have to love and nurture him or her, to be a mom, and to experience the countless precious moments that come with being a parent.