Lauren is pregnant!
We have been partners for the past 8 years, working together, side by side, day in and day out for longer than our students have been alive. Team teaching with Lauren has been a truly edifying experience.
Of course the news brings about changes for us - perhaps. Once she holds that baby in her arms I fear I will have lost her but oh, what a joyous reason for a hiatus from teaching. We'll see how it plays out. At any rate, I'm sure that all she has expereinced the past 8 years in the classroom will only make her a more insightful mommy.
As the school year came to a close we knew we had to share the news with our students. Since we are moving to first grade with this class in the fall she didn't want them coming back to a big surprise (she is due in December). But how would we tell them?
I thought for a moment of pulling a Lucy and having them sing until the message became clear but Lauren decided to read them The Baby Sister by Tomie dePaola. This story centers on the birth of Tomie's little sister and his feelings about being a big brother. When we finished reading a little girl, as if on cue, asked "why did you read us that book?"
This opened up the perfect segue for breaking the news (don't you love when that happens?). The children were very excited. Some didn't really seem too surprised. I suspect their parents may have let the cat out of the bag because a few had already commented on the changes occuring to Lauren's body.
This is an exciting time. A new chapter in the life of a young family. I love it!